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.

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When does a feature become standard?

Our feature over in Reviews on how to put together an alternative to Adobe Systems' Creative Suite 3 has spurred IT executive manager putt1ck to ask: "When does a feature become essential? And an app a standard?

May 3, 2007 by Karen Friar

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Hats off (on?) to a CS3 blog winner!

Good things come to those who blog--at least, if we're offering a prize for the best entries.Congratulations to veteran member David Long, whose comments on what he hoped to see in Adobe Systems' recently launched Creative Suite 3 landed him a ZDNet.

May 1, 2007 by Karen Friar

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Give us your views on Vista upgrades

The Windows Vista upgrade path is looking a bit steep for some, going by the comments we've seen. Take Wolfie78, for instance, who posted a Talkback to say that his company won't be touching Vista yet because of compatibility issues.

April 23, 2007 by Karen Friar

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Going to InfoSec? Blog about it on ZDNet

Security pros are expected to head off tomorrow for Olympia in London for the Information Security 2007 trade show. As usual, ZDNet will be doing a whole lot of coverage--stories, video, news blogs.

April 23, 2007 by Karen Friar

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The oh-so-elusive Microsoft cab

Inspired by end-of-week lethargy, and despite the suspicion of it being a bit ungreen, I thought I'd have a shot this morning at catching one of those free Microsoft cabs. Notting Hill Gate seemed a likely enough spot--inside Zones 1 and 2, nice busy road--so I found a pavement spot with a clear view both ways and got ready to ride.

April 20, 2007 by Karen Friar

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Cheers! Join ZDNet and get £20 off at Virgin Wines

Not that we want to drive you to drink or anything, but we've got an offer for new members that might pop your cork.Anyone who signs up with ZDNet UK will get a £20 voucher off their first order of a case of wine from Virgin Wines.

April 19, 2007 by Karen Friar

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The KISS-off for virtualisation

Roberto Maietta has posted an interesting Talkback outlining what he sees as the pitfalls of virtualisation ."I look at this in terms of security updates, in fact any kind of updates, and it makes me shudder," he writes.

April 11, 2007 by Karen Friar

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Who owns your old email messages?

Over in our Forums section, a member named The Chief has asked for clarification on this: "if a member of staff leaves a company, is the email address that he was using (eg joebloggs@mycompany.com) owned by him or the company?

April 10, 2007 by Karen Friar

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Did you know? How to get indexed by Technorati

This will be old news, of course, to the ZDNet faithfuls--Matt Loney pointed a while ago to Mike Barrett's advice on making your Community blog visible to Technorati. For those who don't know, Technorati is a search engine that combs the blogosphere for answers to queries--but it will only do this with blogs it is tracking.

April 10, 2007 by Karen Friar

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