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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Art remastered for Intel's London show

If you are close to Great Portland Street tube in London, you could pop across the road to One Marylebone, a former church, and look at Intel's Remastered art exhibition. According to the blurb: "With its curatorial and creative partner Jotta, Intel re-tells the stories of some of the most famous pieces of art from history, using technology to re-interpret their meaning for a contemporary audience.

March 11, 2011 by Jack Schofield


Steve Jobs, the mean dictator -- Paul Graham

Paul Graham, the founder of the Y Combinator venture capital group, has given a 10-minute interview to Bloomberg about backing startups. Towards the end, he says he's worried about another "era of monoculture" where software developers concentrate on a single platform.

March 10, 2011 by Jack Schofield


iPad 2 marketing designed to create queues

Apple has been turning its product launches into "events" for decades, and this marketing strategy has been extended to include users queuing up outside its stores. In the iPad 2's case, it would be much more efficient to take pre-orders online, but Apple has decided against doing this in the US.

March 9, 2011 by Jack Schofield


What Microsoft really gets from its $9bn in R&D

Microsoft is famous for spending vast amounts of money on research and development (R&D), and journalists tend to conclude that it gets little or nothing in return. I usually take the view that if Microsoft can't be bothered to correct them, it's their problem not mine….

March 8, 2011 by Jack Schofield

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IE's market share rises on changes to CIA data

Net Applications has reported an increase Internet Explorer's market share with the release of new data from the CIA showing a huge growth in Internet use in China. The NetMarketshare website bases its figures on browser use at a selection of websites then adjusts them to reflect the global population of net users.

March 1, 2011 by Jack Schofield


Music industry negotiating over 24-bit downloads

For hi-fi fans, the most depressing aspect of the digital music revolution has been the reduction in sound quality. Just when we were hoping to get better-than-CD quality sound from disc formats such as Sony's Super Audio CD (SACD) or DVD-Audio, we were hit with the double whammy of low bit-rate MP3 files and, sometimes worse, the UK's low bit-rate DAB digital radio.

February 22, 2011 by Jack Schofield