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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Software for Starving Students

There seem to have been a few points made on my spelling and grammar; I endeavour to make my posts as accurate as possible, in language and facts, but sometimes some slip through. I'm not an English language student, but must point out my grammar skills excel most of my age through "text language" and local colloquialisms - just please be gentle.

June 3, 2008 by


Technology killing off the traditional lecture?

Most colleges and universities use Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) like Moodle, Blackboard and Dokeos and it's a great way to share information, collect coursework and essays, and keeping in touch with the students as well as the students keeping in touch with the lecturers. But using VLE solutions calls into question the end of the traditional lecture format.

June 1, 2008 by


Can Windows 7 benefit students?

From what we've seen of Windows 7, we've got multi-touch features and a new taskbar. Obviously because of the new way that Microsoft (*ahem* Sinfosky) is keeping the Windows family of products close to its chest, we don't really know what's going on with it, or what it can offer.

May 31, 2008 by


Microsoft CardSpace killed before it really began?

According to Neowin, computing students at the University of Bochum, Germany, have worked out how to retrieve vital security tokens from Microsoft's CardSpace framework. CardSpace is highly tipped to be the successor to Windows Live ID (Passport) and making passwords a relic of the Cold War, using self-signed or certificate authority signed digital certificates stored on the local machine as proof of who you are.

May 30, 2008 by


Microsoft Student Partner applications extended

For those who don't know, the Microsoft Student Partner programme (MSP) is a faction of Microsoft represented by just under 1,400 university students from over 100 countries around the world (although the figures do seem to shift quite a lot from time to time), all interested about Microsoft technologies, their products, and engaging in careers in technology.

May 30, 2008 by


DreamSpark fails to spark anything

It’s fair to say most people are a little reserved and somewhat suspicious when Microsoft (of all people) offer something for “free”. There must be a catch, a hidden something, an underlying reason… well in this case there isn’t, not one that I can see anyway.

May 30, 2008 by