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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Sony could be preparing new laptop, maybe

Sony could be preparing new laptop, maybe

The Consumer Electronics Show is almost upon us (January 8 to 11, Las Vegas) and as it draws closer so the pre-publicity machines of the computer manufacturers start to grind up to full power, while blowing off excess steam.Dell and Lenovo reportedly have new laptops on the blocks and it appears that Sony may be about to join them.

December 23, 2008 by in After Hours

UK software leadership under threat

UK software leadership under threat

The UK's position at the top of the European software industry is under threat according to a report commissioned by Microsoft in partnership with Intellect and the British Computer Society.The report, Developing the Future, is the third in an annual series and this year, for the first time, it includes a "software barometer" which shows the overall trend across the software industry.

December 11, 2008 by in After Hours

HP's Hogan glories in growth

HP's Hogan glories in growth

The biggest issue facing Tom Hogan, the senior vice president of HP’s software division, could well be avoiding smugness. Not that Hogan seems to be a smug man or that HP is a smug company.

December 9, 2008 by in After Hours

ManageSoft tackles virtual licences

ManageSoft tackles virtual licences

An upgrade to software from software asset management company, ManageSoft, offers tools for possibly reducing the cost of software licenses on virtual systems and addresses the issues raised.Launched on Wednesday, Enterprise Compliance Manager version 8.

December 3, 2008 by in After Hours

HW Trading case

HW Trading case

Microsoft said on Monday that its case against Samir Abdalla of HW Trading was not about “the grey trade” at all, but the “alleged source and sale of illegal, unlicensed Microsoft software”.We first wrote about HW Trading and its managing director, Abdalla on Friday after it emerged that Abdalla was going to Europe with a complaint that Microsoft charges at least a third more for its software in Europe than it does in the US.

December 2, 2008 by in After Hours

Three-year sentence for software fraud

Three-year sentence for software fraud

A Wolverhampton man has been sentenced to three years in prison for illegally copying and then selling software and DVDs worth a possible £1m.Steve Adams bought an apartment in Spain, a Range Rover and weight-loss surgery while running a major film and software piracy racket the Crown Court in Wolverhampton was told on Friday.

November 27, 2008 by in After Hours

IBM beats up on HP, Sun, etc

IBM beats up on HP, Sun, etc

The struggle for market leadership between IBM and HP burst out in the open on Thursday with IBM claiming that since 2004 it has replaced some 5,000 HP systems along with Sun Microsystems and EMC systems with its own.The announcement came as part of IBM's marketing effort which has seen it launch The Migration Factory, the company's sales and marketing effort to show the benefits of its platforms.

November 21, 2008 by in After Hours

Marillion sought for McKinnon concert

Marillion sought for McKinnon concert

A rock concert to benefit self-confessed hacker, Gary McKinnon, is being pitched by the man who runs Glastonbury Radio, who is hoping to recruit bands like Marillion.Ross Hemsworth is putting together the concert, he says, to draw attention to the plight of McKinnon and others who are scheduled for extradition to the US without having committed any offence any serious crime in the UK.

November 21, 2008 by in After Hours

EC calls for IT help in the energy battle

EC calls for IT help in the energy battle

The European Commission has said that it sees climate change as an issue which IT organisations and managers around the world should do their bit to tackle and it now has a plan to make a start on the issue.On Wednesday it publishing its plan for the first time and has started the call for interested parties to contribute their thoughts and ideas.

November 20, 2008 by in After Hours

Some more words with Seagate

Some more words with Seagate

At the meeting with Bill Watkins, chief executive of Seagate, on Tuesday he did not just talk about solid state storage and its future. He is an outgoing and cheerful man who wants he started talking to a group of journalists showed no signs of wanting to stop anytime soon.

November 7, 2008 by in After Hours

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