Charlie Osborne

London-based Charlie Osborne is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She holds a degree in Medical Anthropology.

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US government sanctions hit Windows Live Messenger in embargoed countries

The news broke the other day of Microsoft disabling their instant messaging network, Windows Live Messenger, to a number of countries including Sudan, Syria, North Korea, Cuba and Iran, due to a number of trade embargoes which the US government has against these countries.Long story short, the trade embargoes essentially restricts the import and export of goods to a country, sovereignty or government often due to political reasons, as a "form of protest against another country's practices".

May 27, 2009 by


Technological transmogrification: the evolution of language

Technology is an ever-growing and developing social construction - from the Archimedes screw to the Blu-ray disk. Not only with technology, our language has evolved to a point where entirely new dialects and words have been plucked out of nowhere and thrust into everyday life; unlike Icelandic which is one of the very few languages we have which doesn't change.

May 22, 2009 by


Recession and employment: where does the student stand?

After listening to a podcast of my good friend Geoff Lloyd's Hometime Show, when he was talking to an independent financial expert, something which was said makes more sense than anything else I've heard in a long while:"To put it simply, we as a nation (the UK) educate our youth to rack up debt. When they go to university, compulsory borrowing is part of being a student but we never educate them about debt.

May 22, 2009 by


Windows XP Mode for dummies

Windows XP Mode is very much like an East London hooker: sure, they work really hard but they aren't very good to look at. Windows XP Mode does indeed work extremely well, but doesn't always look very pretty.

May 20, 2009 by


Can you go without gadgets for a week?

From the BBC:Teenagers in Los Angeles in the US have been taking part in an experiment to find how how they would cope without their electronic gadgets for a week. The 15 and 16-year-olds gave up their mobile phones, mp3 players, TV, radio and other electronic luxuries, and discovered that it was like to trying to kick an addiction.

May 19, 2009 by


Femtocells: your very own home cell network

Besides the "femtocell" sounding like a robotic sex toy or an individually wrapped feminine hygiene product, in technological terms it is a router-like device which converts a portion of your broadband bandwidth to provide you with a compact cell network in your house.The concept is a relatively simple one.

May 17, 2009 by


Screenshots: Office 2010 technical preview

The next generation of Microsoft Office, currently in technical preview, has leaked to the web in an unsurprising move, as Redmond still struggles against the vigilante work of the renegade leaker. As the so-called "plumber" is making is rounds across campus, he continues to leave leaks throughout the teams, with Windows 7 being the most problematic.

May 16, 2009 by


When did the BlackBerry become so personal?

It struck me today as I was on the train to Manchester that the BlackBerry has evolved from a business-dedicated device, to an all-out feature phone, with room to spare.As I was walking through the city center to an uncertain doom (not a story for the likes of you, I'm afraid), I was feeling confident about myself, thinking back to some of the articles I've written and feeling somewhat journalistic.

May 15, 2009 by