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

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


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


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.

September 2, 2010 by Jack Schofield


Google gets punked by Taiwan's NMA animators

When Tiger Woods crashed his car last year, one of the beneficiaries was an Asian media company, Jimmy Lai’s Next Media Animation. NMA produced a computer animated news report illustrating the crash, and it went viral.

August 23, 2010 by Jack Schofield