Colin Barker

Colin has been a computer journalist for some 30 years having started in the business the same year that the IBM PC was launched, although the first piece he wrote was about computer audit. He was at one time editor of Computing magazine in London and prior to that held a number of editing jobs, including time spent at the late DEC Computing and was also the London editor for Byte magazine. Colin is pleased to report that apart from ZDNet at least two other sites/magazines he has worked for are still in business. Colin did also live for five years in Boston, Mass.,and as a result became a dedicated Red Sox fan.

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Magic from Vodafone expected on 5 May

Magic from Vodafone expected on 5 May

The mobile phone company Vodafone said on Wednesday that the much anticipated Google Android phone, dubbed Magic, will be available from 5 May.The phone can be pre-ordered now from the company's website for from £15 per month for a minimum plan with no free minutes to £80.

published April 23, 2009 by

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Magic from Vodafone available May 5

Magic from Vodafone available May 5

The mobile phone company Vodafone said on Wednesday that its much anticipated Google Android phone, dubbed Magic, will be available from May 5.The phone can be pre-ordered now from the company's website for from £15 per month for a minimum plan with no free minutes to £80.

published April 23, 2009 by

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No welcome for Oracle from Ingres

No welcome for Oracle from Ingres

Database supplier Ingres, an Oracle competitor, has not exactly welcomed the news that its rival has just grown even bigger with the acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Ingres is, like MySQL, an open source database and the company has close ties with other open source suppliers like Red Hat.

published April 23, 2009 by

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HP surprised by Oracle's Sun purchase

HP surprised by Oracle's Sun purchase

In a time when the modern IT executive stays almost locked to a Blackberry it is hard to catch them by a surprising bit of news. All the more gratifying then to catch out a few of them at the Technology@Work event in Berlin on Monday, with the news that Oracle was buying Sun.

published April 21, 2009 by

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HP launches all-in-one data system Matrix

HP launches all-in-one data system Matrix

HP has launched data BladeSystem Matrix as a converged system that offers software, server, storage and networking in one package intended to make it easy to install a complete data centre solution, the company said.Using a single interface, the aim behind Blade System Matrix is that users have a one-stop shop to build a complete data centre solution as quickly and easily as possible.

published April 20, 2009 by

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Avaya gets new boss for UK and Ireland

Avaya gets new boss for UK and Ireland

The telecommunications company, Avaya, on Wednesday said it had appointed a new managing director for the UK and Ireland, Lee Shorten.The company said in a statement that Buddie Ceronie, current vice president, UK, Ireland and Southern Africa, is leaving the company "to pursue other professional opportunities".

published April 15, 2009 by

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HP will appeal Cornell University decision

HP will appeal Cornell University decision

HP on Friday said it had filed an appeal in a patent dispute with Cornell University and the Cornell Research Foundation.Last month, the US District Court cut the amount that a jury had earlier imposed on the company from $184 million to $53 million in favour of the university.

published April 15, 2009 by

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Samsung plans three phones with Android

Samsung plans three phones with Android

This year Samsung is planning to launch at least three mobile phones that will be able to run the Android operating system, it has emerged.According to a report in Forbes magazine on Thursday, Dr Won-Pyo Hong, executive vice president at Samsung, has said the company's first Android phone is scheduled to launch in June.

published April 6, 2009 by

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Intel passes Moblin on to the Linux Foundation

Intel passes Moblin on to the Linux Foundation

On Thursday, the non-profit Linux Foundation (LF) announced that it was going to host the Moblin project which aims to develop mobile Linux-based applications.Moblin was a project under development by Intel which has effectively handed control over to the Linux Foundation.

published April 3, 2009 by

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ERP suppliers are slow to adopt SaaS, says Gartner

ERP suppliers are slow to adopt SaaS, says Gartner

Just about everybody is agreed that software-as-a-service (SaaS) is being adopted quickly but, according to the analysts Gartner, some are decidedly quicker than others.In a survey conducted recently, Gartner looked at three European countries, the UK, Germany and France and looked at different applications running SaaS, including CRM and ERP which, appears to have made little headway in the field.

published March 31, 2009 by

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Samsung ships fast 2Gb DDR3 memory

Samsung ships fast 2Gb DDR3 memory

The South Korean company, Samsung Electronics said on Thursday it had begun shipping what it claimed were the first high-density, 2Gb DDR3 memory modules using 50nm technology.Designed for use in servers, the range available, include a 16GB inline memory module and an 8GB registered dual inline memory module (RDIMM).

published March 20, 2009 by

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