Charles McLellan

Hello, I'm the Reviews Editor at ZDNet UK. My experience with computers started at London's Imperial College, where I studied Zoology and then Environmental Technology. This was sufficiently long ago (mid-1970s) that Fortran, IBM punched-card machines and mainframes were involved, followed by green-screen terminals and eventually the personal computers we know and (mostly) love. After doing post-grad research at Imperial for a while, I got involved in helping to produce a weekly news magazine based in Amsterdam. This was in the mid-1980s, and one of my duties was to set up data communications links with technologically-challenged national newspaper journalists in a number of European cities via a 300-baud modem and an acoustic coupler. Tech support people have my sympathy! I've been in computer publishing since the late 1980s, starting with Reed Business Publishing's Practical Computing, then joining Ziff Davis in 1991 to help launch PC Magazine UK as Production Editor. After a couple of years I switched to commissioning, editing and writing, becoming a Technical Editor and then First Looks Editor. When ZDNet came looking for a Reviews Editor in 2000, I was ready to make the move from print to online — just in time for the dot-com crash! It's been a long road from punched cards to the cloud, but it'll still be fun seeing where we go from here.

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Front-line tech reporting

Front-line tech reporting

So, I'm talking to a helpful and informative German gentleman from navigation specialists Telmap about the company's BlackBerry-based solution, and he's giving me the low-down on the technology at the back end that pushes out the maps you need in a clever way. "Ach, I have told you too much: I'm going to have to kill you!

published March 15, 2007 by

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CeBIT kicks off in sunshine

CeBIT kicks off in sunshine

Having seen rain, sleet and snow (and sometimes all three at once) in my time at CeBIT, it's a relief to find Hanover bathed in spring sunshine as we ascend to the giddy heights of CNET's HQ perched atop the mighty Hall 1 at the Messegelande.Hall 1 is notorious for its ability to swallow whole legions of tech hacks, who are apt to become disorientated as they penetrate its central region, where no outer walls, windows or doors are visible — just endless stand upon exhibition stand.

published March 14, 2007 by

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CeBIT approaches

CeBIT approaches

It's March, so it must be CeBIT, "the world's largest trade fair showcasing digital IT and telecommunications solutions for home and work environments". Next week, vendors, IT professionals, the public, analysts and the press — a crack squad from ZDNet UK among them — will descend upon Hannover for the annual 26-hall extravaganza that last year accommodated over 6,200 exhibitors and some 430,000 visitors.

published March 6, 2007 by

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Windows Mobile 6 'unveiled'

Windows Mobile 6 'unveiled'

We all know it's impossible to keep a secret on the InterWeb these days, and sure enough one of the worst-kept secrets is the imminent appearance of Windows Mobile 6, codenamed 'Crossbow'. Microsoft will do the official bit at 3GSM in Barcleona (to be dutifully covered by ZDNet UK's intrepid reporting team).

published February 8, 2007 by

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Groundhog Day, Microsoft-style

Groundhog Day, Microsoft-style

It seems only yesterday that I was posting a blog entry about Microsoft launching Windows Vista and Office 2007 — and now they're doing it all over again!Actually it was 30 November last year, which was when Microsoft's licence customers were able to get hold of the new OS and office suite.

published January 30, 2007 by

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UK to get Sony's mini-VAIO

UK to get Sony's mini-VAIO

The US and Japan have had Sony's UX series ultra-mobile PCs for a while, and now it's the UK's turn. Today the company announced that we are to get the VAIO VGN UX1XN, pictured below.

published January 29, 2007 by

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Christmas ain't over yet...

Christmas ain't over yet...

We may be well into the dark days of January, beset by financial worries, Seasonal Affective Disorder and the rest, but a little spark of the Christmas spirit still burns in the shape of ZDNet's fabulous 12 Days of Christmas competition. Five of the prizes are still up for grabs as I write — from Adaptec, Google, D-Link, Netgear and Intel.

published January 17, 2007 by

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Mandriva Linux gets flashy

Mandriva Linux gets flashy

I've been using Mandriva's new Linux-distribution-on-a-USB-stick, Mandriva Flash, and most impressive it is too. On a small 2GB USB key, you get a fully portable Linux desktop comprising the Linux Kernel 2.

published January 4, 2007 by

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Camel sacrificed by airline workers

Camel sacrificed by airline workers

Generally speaking, camels are safe over here in Blighty, confined as they are to zoos, safari parks and the odd circus. Not the life your average member of the Camelidae might have chosen, perhaps, but better than falling into the hands of predatory Turkish Airlines workers at Istanbul's international airport.

published December 13, 2006 by

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UMPC: better, but the jury's still out

UMPC: better, but the jury's still out

We've just reviewed our second Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC), the R2H from ASUS. In case you'd forgotten, the UMPC caused something of a stir back in February/March when Microsoft ran a teaser campaign for Origami (Redmond's codename for what turned out to be the UMPC) — a small slate-style Tablet PC running Windows XP.

published December 6, 2006 by

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It's Microsoft Day

It's Microsoft Day

Today's the day when the tech media's guns point towards Redmond and fire a triple salvo at Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007. ZDNet UK, of course, is weighing in -- as I write this, the Office 2007 Special Report is live, and the Vista and Exchange ones are imminent.

published November 30, 2006 by

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N-triguing wireless results

N-triguing wireless results

Wireless networking kit based on the draft 802.11n specification has been available for a while, and we've now performed some throughput tests on a range of products built around different chipsets.

published November 20, 2006 by

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Big Brother network appliance

Big Brother network appliance

'Only the paranoid survive' is the title of a book by ex-Intel boss Andrew Grove, but it would also make an apt marketing slogan for network appliance maker Chronicle Solutions.The company develops what it calls 'content capturing solutions' for enterprises and government agenices that need to keep close tabs on what's happening on their networks.

published November 15, 2006 by

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