Charlie Osborne

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

Latest Posts

The lighter side of Bill Gates

As you all probably know, considering the 2 year lead-up to today and the considerable press coverage, it's Bill Gates' last day at Microsoft. I'd like to take a slightly different spin on covering his career and life, by pointing out the stupid stuff, in the hope it will appeal to my target audience: the student.

June 27, 2008 by


Messenger:mac 7.01 released - still no "personal" webcam support

I know, you're probably disappointed that once again, there's no real webcam function in the new Messenger:mac, but I'm sure given time they'll work it in. If you have Office Communications Server 2007, you can use your in-built camera to have meetings with co-workers, but most students I'm sure would rather have a "face-to-face" conversation with someone they miss from back home.

June 26, 2008 by


diversITy: the lack of women in the IT industry

This series of entries, called diversITy, will cover a number of topics all concerning the diversity of people within the IT industry. Whether we discuss women in industry, sexual orientation in the workplace, religion or ethnic background; these are all topics which will have an effect on students, if not already.

June 21, 2008 by


Microsoft double-backs and extends DRM support for MSN Music

This seems to fit quite nicely with my "illegal music sharing/copying" post a couple of days ago. Back on the 22nd April 2008, Microsoft gave all those who downloaded music through MSN Music the two fingers, when it announced:As of August 31st, we will no longer be able to support the retrieval of license keys for the songs you purchased from MSN Music or the authorization of additional computers.

June 18, 2008 by