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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Are these wires the future of crypto?

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.

published June 12, 2007 by

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Now win a notebook too in our Blogger at Large contest

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.

published June 1, 2007 by

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Put Linux in the ring vs. Windows Home Server

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.

published May 29, 2007 by

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Group blogs now open to all members

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.

published May 21, 2007 by

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When does a feature become standard?

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?

published May 3, 2007 by

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

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.

published May 1, 2007 by

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Give us your views on Vista upgrades

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.

published April 23, 2007 by

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The oh-so-elusive Microsoft cab

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.

published April 20, 2007 by

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The KISS-off for virtualisation

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.

published April 11, 2007 by

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Who owns your old email messages?

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?

published April 10, 2007 by

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Did you know? How to get indexed by Technorati

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.

published April 10, 2007 by

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