Rupert Goodwins

Editor, ZDNet UK. Ex technology/technical editor of ZDNet UK, IT Week, PC Magazine, Computer Life, Mac User, Alfa Systems, Amstrad, Sinclair. Micronet 800, Marconi Space and Defence Systems, and a dodgy TV repair shop in the back streets of Plymouth. Can still swap out a gassy PL509 with the best of 'em.Dear Reader - contact me via our marvellous messaging system. Or better yet, start a blog. If you want to promote your company or product, fine - but please tell me what it is and why it's interesting right up front in the messageDear PR - The probability of a successful pitch can be calculated by the following handy formula applied to the details of your client's latest wheeze.3NT x 4UP x 2BI x 5EAI----------------------------- = P(copy)3M^3 x 2ACE x 10LWhere NT = New Technology, UP = Unique Product, BI = Beer Involved, EAI = Engineers Available for Interview, M = Marketing Managers, EMEA or Mornings, ACE = Already Covered Elsewhere (ie, your American brethren have already spilled the beans) and L = the word Leading or Leader in the first para of the press release. Dear Engineer, Researcher or Inventor - Talk to me. It's the new stuff that makes this game worthwhile.

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Big Data - The Mad Men Years

Big Data - The Mad Men Years

As we inch towards the first weekend of spring, here's a rare treat for those who enjoy the prehistory of IT.You may already know that IBM invented the hard disk in 1956 with RAMAC, a wardrobe-sized 5MB behemoth.

published March 22, 2012 by

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iPad 3's power behind the throne

iPad 3's power behind the throne

Apple didn't call out the new iPad's most striking internal feature during the launch, but from an engineering viewpoint it is extraordinary for one standout component.Teardowns reveal that the battery capacity has been doubled to more than 40 watt-hours.

published March 20, 2012 by

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Virgin Media gets Tube Wi-Fi contract

Virgin Media gets Tube Wi-Fi contract

The Mayor of London's office announced on Tuesday that many London Underground stations will get Wi-Fi access in summer 2012 through a deal with Virgin Media. More than 80 stations will have the service in the summer, with up to 120 stations in total connected by the end of 2012.

published March 14, 2012 by

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Yahoo sues Facebook over social media patents

Yahoo sues Facebook over social media patents

Yahoo has filed a complaint in the San Jose courts against Facebook, saying that the social media company is infringing ten of Yahoo's patents covering areas around advertising, user actions, privacy and click fraud prevention.The issue first came to light in February, when Yahoo told the New York Times that it was seeking a licensing deal with Facebook over "ten to twenty" of Yahoo's 1000-plus patent collection.

published March 12, 2012 by

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Solar storm hits Earth

Solar storm hits Earth

The predicted impact on the Earth of the Sun's recent energetic Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) happened on Thursday at 1100 GMT, the American National Weather Service's Space Weather Center has reported."The coronal mass ejection (CME) associated with the R3 (Strong) Radio Blackout event from 0024 UTC March 7 (7:24 p.

published March 8, 2012 by

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Apple's iPad 3: redefining 'different'

Apple's iPad 3: redefining 'different'

By the time you read this, you'll already have decided what you think of the iPad 3 - or iPad, as Apple calls it. Apple says that it "reinvents the category", using the following adjectives in the first four paragraphs of its press release alone: stunning, amazing, amazing, amazing, unbelievable, incredible, unbelievable, incomparable, powerful, incredible, superb, stunning, incredible.

published March 7, 2012 by

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Steorn: behind the scenes of free energy dreams

Steorn: behind the scenes of free energy dreams

It's hard to say what's happened to Steorn, Irish inventors of Orbo, once claimed to be an over-unity generator that broke the laws of physics but now barely worthy of couple of fuzzy paragraphs on the web site.You can, however, enjoy their latest device - a water heater called Heptaheat.

published February 24, 2012 by

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New graphene property may please vodka fans

New graphene property may please vodka fans

Graphene, the 21st century's most promising new material, has acquired yet another entry in its burgeoning CV.A team led by graphene co-discoverer Professor Sir Andrew Geim at the University of Manchester has demonstrated that thin films of graphene oxide are impermeable to most gases and liquids, but extremely permeable to water.

published January 27, 2012 by

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Virgin blackout hits customers

Virgin blackout hits customers

Virgin Media customers across the UK lost some or all of phone, broadband and television service for three hours on Tuesday evening due to an unspecified routing fault.The company has not said how many of its five million customers were affected during the outage, which lasted from 17:00 to around 20:00, but it did apologise in a statement, saying: "Our customers may have experienced some problems getting online yesterday evening.

published January 18, 2012 by

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The European internet's oddest places

The European internet's oddest places

Many countries consider internet access numbers to be a good measure of how up-to-date their citizens and industry are, with higher penetration rates signalling good things. Dig down into the figures, though, and you can find some peculiar numbers that may or may not say more about their geography than plain old economics .

published January 18, 2012 by

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Yang departs, cuts all ties with Yahoo

Yang departs, cuts all ties with Yahoo

Jerry Yang has left Yahoo, the company he co-founded in 1995. In a statement issued by Yahoo on Monday, Scott Thompson, CEO of Yahoo, said "Jerry leaves behind a legacy of innovation and customer focus for this iconic brand".

published January 17, 2012 by

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Wikipedia to turn off for 24 hours in SOPA protest

Wikipedia to turn off for 24 hours in SOPA protest

Crowdsourced online encyclopedia Wikipedia is to 'blackout' its English language service for 24 hours on Wednesday in protest at proposed internet control laws SOPA and PIPA currently before the American government. The blackout will run from midnight to midnight Eastern Standard Time; from 5am Wednesday to 5am Thursday in the UK.

published January 16, 2012 by

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