Karen Friar

Karen Friar is news editor for ZDNet in the UK, based in London. She started out in film journalism in San Francisco, before making the switch to tech coverage at ZDNet.com. Next came a move to CNET News.com, where she looked after west coast coverage of business technology, and finally a return to her homeland with ZDNet UK.

Latest Posts

Time's running out to win trip to S.F.

The deadline for our Blogger at Large competition is fast approaching--16 July. Up for grabs is a trip to San Francisco for the Intel Developer Forum, including flight and spending spondulicks, and a high-spec Lenovo ThinkPad with Centrino Pro.

July 2, 2007 by Karen Friar


Want to get your photo in your ZDNet profile?

We know that many ZDNet UK members would like to be able to upload their own images onto their member profile, but we're still looking into the tools. So for now, we've come up with a workaround: Send me the image, and we'll plug it in for you.

June 27, 2007 by Karen Friar


Microsoft sets date for Vista SP1 beta

The Service Pack 1 set of fixes and enhancements for WIndows Vista will arrive by the end of this year, Microsoft said in a US antitrust-related court filing yesterday. While it's not a firm date, at least it's an indication of how long the wait will be for those businesses holding out for SP1 before upgrading.

June 20, 2007 by Karen Friar


Watch Debbie wrestle the Kraken

Or more accurately, watch as member Xwindowsjunkie gets to grips with pitting the latest test version of Windows Home Server (nicknamed the Kraken) against an open-source alternative (nicknamed Little Debbie).As you might remember, the head-to-head experiment was announced by Xwindowsjunkie a couple of weeks ago, along with a call for suggestions as to which open-source software to use.

June 18, 2007 by Karen Friar


Contest winner takes Vaio out in the field

What better place to take a lightweight, tough notebook out for a spin than the somewhat rugged Brecon Beacons? ZDNet UK member AgentK won the Sony Vaio G11 notebook in a recent competition and sent us this photo to let us see it in action.

June 14, 2007 by Karen Friar


Are these wires the future of crypto?

How Doctor Who is this? The boffins at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have put together a prototype of a high-speed quantum key distribution (QKD) system, and they sent us a photo to prove it.

June 12, 2007 by Karen Friar

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Now win a notebook too in our Blogger at Large contest

As if a trip to San Francisco and a free pass to the Intel Developer Forum weren't already a great prize, we've added another to the pot — a Lenovo ThinkPad T61.The Centrino Pro laptop will be given to the Blogger at Large, who will wirelessly blog from the September event for ZDNet.

June 1, 2007 by Karen Friar


Put Linux in the ring vs. Windows Home Server

Veteran programmer Xwindowsjunkie has issued a call to arms to other ZDNet members: Help come up with a Linux-based rival to Windows Home Server.Xwindowsjunkie has challenged Linux experts to come up with applications that will match the functions in the Microsoft software--kind of a "roll your own" alternative.

May 29, 2007 by Karen Friar


Group blogs now open to all members

Good news--we've made it easier for you to join in our new group blogs. Instead of having to ask me for permission to join in, all members will automatically be able to post an entry to them.

May 21, 2007 by Karen Friar