Rupert Goodwins

Rupert has worked at 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. He can still swap out a gassy PL509 with the best of 'em. 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 message. PRs: 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 10L, where NT = New Technology, UP = Unique Product, BI = Beer Involved, EAI = Engineers Available for Interview, M = Marketing Managers, EMEA or Mornings, ACE = Already Covered Elsewhere (i.e. 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.

Latest Posts

Samsung nabs Android CyanogenMod hero

Samsung nabs Android CyanogenMod hero

Steve Kondik, the founder of the CyanogenMod team behind the world's most popular alternative Android ROMs, has been hired by Samsung as a software engineer.He told Android site Androidguys that CyanogenMod will carry on as before, with him running code reviews and leadership of the effort.

August 17, 2011 by in Innovation

Microwaves power quantum computing device

Microwaves power quantum computing device

A new approach to quantum computing that uses microwaves to manipulate ions on a chip promises a path to new room-temperature computing techniques, according to a paper published in Nature on Friday.Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology in America say that they have successfully set up and controlled entangled atoms in a gold and aluminium nitride device 120 micrometers across.

August 12, 2011 by in Innovation

Docklands Telecity Meridian Gate suffers outage

Docklands Telecity Meridian Gate suffers outage

Reports on Twitter and directly to ZDNet UK say that Telecity Meridian Gate, a core internet point of presence, peering node and colocation service in London, has been down on Wednesday due to a power outage."Telecity Meridian Gate Power Outage 09:13 to 09:40 affected backup Gateways and failover/redundant Hosted services only," said VoIP provider Orbtalk on Twitter.

July 27, 2011 by in Innovation

Apple Lion - a roar deal for the PC

Apple Lion - a roar deal for the PC

Apple OS X Lion is here, and with it the usual round of pro- and anti-Apple discussions, analyses and predictions.Take a step back, though, and Lion could be something more than just another update of a rather venerable operating system.

July 20, 2011 by in Innovation

LulzSec claims News International hack - sites down

LulzSec claims News International hack - sites down

Hacking group LulzSec has claimed on Monday evening to have penetrated the News International internal network, tampering with the companies' newspaper web sites as well as obtaining staff details and login credentials.On Monday evening, visitors to The Sun's website were redirected to a fake front page claiming that Rupert Murdoch had killed himself by eating palladium.

July 18, 2011 by in Innovation

Murdoch: The dog that did not bark

Murdoch: The dog that did not bark

Rupert Murdoch's troubles haven't made much copy on ZDNet UK. The technology of the 'hacking' side is the tiniest of sideshows, although the New York Times' revelation that News International could access mobile phone location databases is a very strong argument for much stricter and more transparent control of our personal data.

July 18, 2011 by in Innovation

Space Shuttle IT: try landing it and launching again

Space Shuttle IT: try landing it and launching again

News from Nasa: one of the Shuttle's four computers has gone into digital dreamland and its memory is being downloaded to Mission Control for expert picking-over. According to Houston on Thursday:"Atlantis Commander Chris Ferguson has begun troubleshooting General Purpose Computer (GPC) 4, one of the four primary shuttle GPCs.

July 15, 2011 by in Innovation

ZDNet UK's App Of The Day kicks off

ZDNet UK's App Of The Day kicks off

From this week, ZDNet UK is recommending an App of the Day. It seems only polite, now we have our own app, to take a deeper look at this lively area of mobile tech — and, of course, we'll do it with the needs of enterprise IT up there at the top of the list.

July 7, 2011 by in Innovation

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