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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The British Library needs you

The British Library needs you

From Monday to Wednesday this week, the British Library in St Pancras is host to a conference on the Digital Lives Research Project.The project has been, and continues, under the auspices of some mainstream cultural and educational institutions and is intended as a major piece of research about our own history and the way in which we record it and store it, digitally.

published February 10, 2009 by

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VMware opens client virtualisation

VMware opens client virtualisation

EMC's virtualisation company, VMware has launched an open source virtual desktop client, VMware View Open Client. It is intended for use by EMC/VMware partner companies who want to give their clients the benefit of open source software running virtual machines and the company believes that a marriage of open source and virtualisation could be attractive to many companies.

published February 5, 2009 by

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Dell sponsors small business again

Dell sponsors small business again

Dell has called for entries to this year's Dell Small Business Excellence Awards, an international competition to find technology innovations which is now in its sixth year.The competition is open to innovators from any country and is sponsored by the US National Federation for Independent Business and globally by the International Council for Small Business and Endeavour, a global non-profit organisation "supporting emerging market entrepreneurs".

published February 3, 2009 by

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NEC announced 20,000 job cuts

NEC announced 20,000 job cuts

NEC announced on Friday that it will cut 20,000 jobs amongst the largest lost by companies blaming the economic slowdown and poor exchange rates for job losses.Half of the jobs losses will be in Japan and the other half around the world at the company’s various subsidiaries.

published February 2, 2009 by

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Novell confirms 100 layoffs

Novell confirms 100 layoffs

The open source vendor Novell on Saturday confirmed that the company was trimming its workforce by less than 100 people, considerably fewer than had been anticipated.Various sources had claimed that the company wanted to cuts its 4,200 worldwide employees by as much as 1,000.

published February 2, 2009 by

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Amazon lowers cloud costs

Amazon lowers cloud costs

From the first of February users of Amazon’s CloudFront will find the cost of the cloud computing application has dropped.On Friday, Amazon said that the cost of transferring data around the cloud has come down from $0.

published January 30, 2009 by

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Fujitsu closes HDD head business

Fujitsu closes HDD head business

Fujitsu announced on Wednesday that it was getting out of the hard disk drive (HDD) head business and handing it over to Toshiba. The "head" on a disk drive is the part that flies across the surface of the disk "reading" or "writing" the data on the disk.

published January 30, 2009 by

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Seagate issues second fix for disk issue

Seagate issues second fix for disk issue

Seagate on Thursday issued a firmware update which the company said should solve a problem it has been having with some disk drives.The problem came to light on Tuesday when users began reporting they were having problems with the disk which would freeze or stop working completely.

published January 22, 2009 by

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SanDisk speeds up SSDs

SanDisk speeds up SSDs

The latest SanDisk 120GB solid-state drive (SSD) costs less than $250, SanDisk says which makes it look like a neat replacement SSD for hard disk storage. Good for solving the problem when you may start running out of space on your internal hard disk, that sort of thing.

published January 9, 2009 by

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Sony sees 90 percent of its world online

Sony sees 90 percent of its world online

The world is going online in a big way and Sony believes it can see just how much. According to the company's chief executive, Sir Howard Stringer, 90 percent of the products made by Sony, including cameras, video players, televisions, will be accessible online by 2011.

published January 9, 2009 by

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