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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Don't F:\ with our networks

A good friend of mine from a university in north-west England got an email through from their network administrators at the end of last week, basically saying,"...every time you plug in your flash drive, we see it offloading a whole load of malicious files to the computer you're working on, and therefore impacting our network...

December 15, 2008 by

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My final look at a near-ish feature-complete-ish Windows 7

Watching an operating system evolve from a small, worthless lump of Vista, to becoming a unique, beautiful chrysalis of Sevenness, will probably be nothing like watching my godchildren grow up to be young adults, but probably a lot more fun. I love them to bits, like I couldn't possibly describe in words, but my God they wear me out.

December 12, 2008 by

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E-petitions give e-voices for e-democracy and e-revolution

A petition, right from the heart of the University of Kent where I currently study, is attempting to persuade the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, away from new immigration laws targeting international students entering UK universities.Whilst the topic itself is a controversial one; essentially forcing university lecturers and professors to "spy on" international students to ensure they are not defrauding the university, and their visa to study there.

December 11, 2008 by

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University music tax: sharing and caring?

In the last few days, a plan devised by men in shiny suits, employees of the devil himself and the occasional dictator-regime supporter to create what can and should only be described as a "music tax for students". But wait, because this is a good thing.

December 9, 2008 by

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Craving for that next cell phone hit

Zack Whittaker has taken a few days off to “get his head together”, and scheduled this post to be released in his absence.I'd like to tell you about a conversation I had with my friend recently; this was seconds after she had lost her purse on a night out.

December 2, 2008 by

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