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....

Latest Posts

Has Windows 7 already passed XP in the UK?

Microsoft Windows 7 is the fastest-selling PC operating system of all time, which it should be because the market is bigger now than when Vista and XP were launched. There's still some uncertainty about when -- not if -- it will be bigger than XP, but on StatCounter's numbers, Windows 7 has already overtaken XP in the UK.

April 11, 2011 by Jack Schofield


DAB radio's declining sales: eForum revisited

One of the slides I used in a talk at this week's Westminster eForum on The Future of UK Digital Radio prompted a hostile response from someone in the audience. This wasn't a surprise -- I expected more hostility than I got -- but highlighted something that might have passed unnoticed: sales of DAB radios are in decline.

April 8, 2011 by Jack Schofield

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Intel working on Atom chips for servers as E7 hits

Intel is working on versions of its Atom chip for the server market, and they should reach the market in the second half of next year. The date was confirmed by Boyd Davis, Intel's general manager of server marketing, at a private dinner in London on Wednesday night.

April 7, 2011 by Jack Schofield


DAB radio shoot-out at Westminster eForum

"Normally, the marketing of a product follows on from the delivery of something which is marketable," quipped William Rogers, chief executive officer of UKRD, which operates 16 local commercial radio stations. This is the marketing problem that besets the UK's troubled Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) industry.

April 5, 2011 by Jack Schofield

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A wake-up call on Windows 7 migration

Gartner has been running webinars on what it calls "The Big Migration" to Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2010. And 17 months after the release of Windows 7, it's warning that people risk running out of time.

April 1, 2011 by Jack Schofield


Windows Phone 7 to overtake iPhone, says IDC

Microsoft must be hoping that IDC's latest projections for the smartphone market turn out to be correct. The US-based research company reckons that by 2015, Windows Mobile will be the second most popular smartphone operating system, after Android.

March 29, 2011 by Jack Schofield


Will Google kill Firefox, and will Microsoft save it?

Microsoft's Internet Explorer team has kept up its tradition of sending the Mozilla team cake when they ship a new version of Firefox. Firefox 4 has just been made available, and the cake duly arrived with the usual inscription: "Congratulations on shipping!

March 22, 2011 by Jack Schofield


Bath switches from AC to a DC computer network

The University of Bath has invested £80,000 in switching its library's network of computers from AC to DC, in the attempt to reduce energy consumption. Later, the system -- which will act as a showcase for this type of project -- may run on wind or solar power, both of which generate DC rather than AC power.

March 21, 2011 by Jack Schofield


Intel makes a play for the embedded market

People shopping for Adidas trainers may soon be able to use an in-store touch-screen interactive wall display that shows them the full range of shoes in 3-D in all available colours and sizes: the system is expected to appear in May. Those shopping for Lego can already find in-store augmented reality Digital Box displays that identify the box the customer is holding, and superimpose 3-D images of the model they will be able to build.

March 17, 2011 by Jack Schofield