Jack Schofield

Jack Schofield spent the 1970s editing photography magazines before becoming editor of an early UK computer magazine, Practical Computing. In 1983, he started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian, and joined the staff to launch the newspaper's weekly computer supplement in 1985. This section launched the Guardian’s first website and, in 2001, its first real blog. When the printed section was dropped after 25 years and a couple of reincarnations, he felt it was a time for a change....

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A Ping by any other name would pong a bit less

A Ping by any other name would pong a bit less

As you have probably noticed from the associated geekgasm, Apple has announced a sort of social network that is tied to its own online shop and elephantine iTunes software.Although some people found it to be “a big pile of steaming dung”, a haven for spammers and, as Mashable claimed, “slower than molasses in January at the North Pole during a legitimate Ice Age,” there’s nothing as weird about it as the name.

published September 6, 2010 by

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Tablet market turns Android at IFA (updated)

Tablet market turns Android at IFA (updated)

It was nice to see Samsung get lots of publicity after showing its Android-based Galaxy Tab tablet at the IFA 2010 trade show in Berlin. But the Tab was just the first of a string of new products as companies pile in to what they hope will become a viable new market, rather than a passing fad.

published September 2, 2010 by

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Hurd on the street, leaving HP less saucy

Hurd on the street, leaving HP less saucy

Mark Hurd, 53-year-old boss of the world’s largest computer company, is stepping aside due to what appear to be irregularities in his expenses.Normally you might not expect the chief executive of a $125 billion company to have that sort of problem or, if he did, for it to become widely known.

published August 6, 2010 by

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