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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Digg and the Deathly Redesign (updated)

It’s a pretty safe bet that any website that goes through a “redesign” is going to end up working worse than before: it happens all the time. However, Digg has now surpassed most previous disasters, and according to Hitwise monitoring: “Since the end of August, traffic from UK Internet users to Digg has declined by 34%.

September 24, 2010 by Jack Schofield

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RIM may unveil BlackPad tablet next week

Rumours of a RIM BlackPad tablet have been floating around for a couple of months, and the device could be unveiled at a developers' conference in San Francisco on Monday. The Wall Street Journal reports, in RIM Readies Its Answer to iPad, that the BlackPad will have a 7-inch screen and run the QNX operating system – RIM bought the company.

September 21, 2010 by Jack Schofield

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Less defective iPad coming... but how soon?

The rumour mills are churning with news of the next-generation iPad, with some websites suggesting (wrongly, I think) that it could even appear before Christmas. Next year sounds a more likely time for an upgrade, and Taiwan’s DigiTimes has reported that:“Component suppliers including touch panel and reinforced glass suppliers for Apple’s iPad are completing validation with Apple for the second-generation 9.

September 20, 2010 by Jack Schofield

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Dell's flipping Inspiron Duo Tablet brings back memories

Dell showed its forthcoming Inspiron Duo Tablet at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF 2010) but it would be nice if it called it the Dell Flip, or at least the Dell Transformer. It’s a convertible -- it works either as a netbook PC or as an entertainment tablet -- but takes a different approach to swivelling the screen, as show in the video below.

September 17, 2010 by Jack Schofield

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Google Instant or Google Stupid?

Google isn’t the first company to work hard at making its products worse: recently, Bitly, Digg, and Twitter have all managed to make themselves slower and less usable. The difference is that Google is no longer a small start-up trying to do its best: it’s a very rich corporation with plenty of time and money to comparison-test 41 shades of blue.

September 16, 2010 by Jack Schofield

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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.

September 6, 2010 by Jack Schofield

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Google’s Buckyballs doodle costs people money, drives users away

Within a couple of seconds of sitting down at my PC on Saturday I realised something was badly wrong, and since Google has been my browser home page for the past decade, it was dead easy to spot the guilty party: Google. To be specific, Google’s Buckyballs celebration doodle was consuming 100% of my CPU.

September 4, 2010 by Jack Schofield

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