Karen Friar

Karen Friar is news editor for ZDNet in the UK, based in London. She has been in journalism since the last century, starting 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, specialising in security. After 14 years in California and a marriage-related change of name (from Karen Said), she returned to her homeland to work at ZDNet UK and so that her husband could deepen his knowledge of the offside rule.Follow me on Twitter at @Karen_Friar

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We return to our regular transmission

We return to our regular transmission

Did you see the traffic cones on the site last night? Apologies to anyone who tried to post a comment or find an article — ZDNet UK had some downtime so that the Ops team could move our co-location facility.

published April 16, 2008 by

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SEO rapper drops it like a swot

SEO rapper drops it like a swot

Is this a genius way to get students to remember basic web design principles or a joke?The SEO Rapper, a Houston-based hip-hop music maker who also goes by the Poetic Prophet or Chuck, is starring in a YouTube video on the principles of online marketing — done in rhyme.

published March 28, 2008 by

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Who's your IT Community Hero?

Who's your IT Community Hero?

Tis the season for us at ZDNet Towers to start thinking about planning the CNET Networks UK Business Technology Awards, which celebrate the past year's tech successes (and are an excuse for a great party). This year, we're adding a new category: the IT Community Hero, given to reward community efforts within the tech industry.

published March 17, 2008 by

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Want to deliver your blog by RSS? Now you can

Want to deliver your blog by RSS? Now you can

Good news--we've added RSS feeds for each ZDNet member's blog, which will make it easier for friends, fans and fellow workers to keep up with your posts. Anyone who wants to can subscribe to the feed and get links to your latest blog entries delivered to their desktop.

published March 5, 2008 by

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Any answers?

Any answers?

It's frustrating to be stumped by a problem that you suspect has been solved already, but you can't find the answer. So if you've got a moment, and if you're feeling generous, take a look at these queries from ZDNet UK members and see whether you can help out.

published February 26, 2008 by

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Winner finds depth in wide-screen monitor

Winner finds depth in wide-screen monitor

Here's a nice illustration of the capabilities of the Hazro wide-format display, the lead-off prize in our 12 Days of Christmas competition, courtesy of winner Geoff Oakshott. You can see not just how the monitor has more scope widthways, but also how its resolution can show enough detail to let you go "deep" with your images.

published February 22, 2008 by

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£100 giveaway to keep Homebrew Blog cooking

£100 giveaway to keep Homebrew Blog cooking

The first thing people told us about our recent Homebrew Challenge was that it was great to hear from other enthusiasts about their home tech projects. The second thing was that they really appreciated being able to pick up tips, especially money-saving ones, what with the cost of components and all.

published February 6, 2008 by

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Still time to enter ZDNet UK's Christmas giveaway

Still time to enter ZDNet UK's Christmas giveaway

Though the long, slow trek back to the desk no doubt looms, the festive season isn't over yet — at least while there is still time to enter our annual Christmas contest-fest. The first competition in our 12 Days of Christmas series closes tomorrow, so if you fancy winning a Hazro widescreen monitor, get over there now.

published January 2, 2008 by

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Blogs are now YouTube-ready

Blogs are now YouTube-ready

Sometimes the only way to get your point across, or to really describe what's going on, is to show a video. You might want to show off your latest tech project, do a video review of your latest gadget, take us onto a trade show floor with you or give us a tour of your company's server room.

published November 14, 2007 by

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How to post images to your blog

How to post images to your blog

We know that ZDNet members, especially those who've entered the Homebrew Challenge competition, want to share images in their postings. Good news — we've made changes to let you do this.

published November 8, 2007 by

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Contestants, start your engines

Contestants, start your engines

Here's a head-start on a massive competition — think £20,000 in prizes — for all those IT pros whose pursuit of tech doesn't end when the working day does.We know that many of you, when you get home and close the front door behind you, roll up your sleeves and get stuck into a project — not because you're paid to, but because you love to do it.

published November 1, 2007 by

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RSA contest winner headed to San Francisco

RSA contest winner headed to San Francisco

Congratulations to robnewby, the security-minded ZDNet blogger who has won a trip to San Francisco for RSA Conference 2008. He came first in our competition by making the most valuable contributions to Sentry Posts, our group blog dedicated to security management discussions.

published October 22, 2007 by

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