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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Hotmail goes belly up; "does a Gmail"

Hotmail is the most recent in the belly-flops of email services when it suddenly went down without warning earlier on today.Hotmail accounts are organised into bays - it's not clear as of yet which bays are affected, although both my accounts are working fine (I'm on Hotmail Plus, so a dedicated bay and no advertisements) whereas my housemate, Nikki, is seriously struggling to use hers.

March 12, 2009 by


Get with the times; update the icons

Something I saw after reading my regular stream of blogs, was a post which pointed out the "Save" icon in many of the Office products and Windows editions. The vast majority of us wouldn't notice it as it's an integral part of our user experience, but why on earth do we still have a floppy disk?

March 11, 2009 by


Internet remote media streaming in Windows 7

We have our music spread over multiple devices from MP3 compatible mobile phones to iPods. Microsoft are a step closer to solving this problem by integrating two new features into Windows Media Player: a cloud-based remote control and Internet streaming of your media library.

March 8, 2009 by


Research in Motion: the surveillance workplace

After reading the article over on Neowin, via ZDNet Australia, about the chief information officer of Research in Motion, the company which makes the BlackBerry device, recording absolutely every communication within the corporation, this shocked and stunned me.We, the students, as the next generation of IT users, are already in a state of disarray when it comes to the surveillance state, with cameras and devices monitoring our movements and tracking us through the street.

March 4, 2009 by


Microsoft and Lenovo: The ultimate academic PC

Some time ago, a Microsoft executive was trying to find a device to equip his son, soon to be heading off to university, without much success. Through toil and trouble, Microsoft have announced today a partnership with Lenovo, a world leader in innovative ideas and computer builder, to create the Ultimate Academic PC.

March 4, 2009 by