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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In praise of The Grauniad

In praise of The Grauniad

As a one-time Production Editor in the olde worlde of print, I was pleased to see Kim Fletcher's article in today's Media Guardian, entitled 'In praise of the subeditor'. He deftly explains the ancient rivalry between free-ranging journalists and office-bound production staff (including the 'subs') who turn the former's often semi-literate and error-strewn efforts into polished, reader-friendly product.

published November 13, 2006 by

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Now for Longhorn Server

Now for Longhorn Server

So Microsoft's Vista desktop OS has finally been released to manufacturing (RTM). Thank goodness for that, many will say: although we've assiduously covered the many pre-release versions, there are probably only so many Vista previews one can take.

published November 9, 2006 by

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Lookalike #001

Lookalike #001

Perusing ZDNet's most excellent News section today, I couldn't help noticing the similarity between F-Secure's CEO Risto Siilasmaa and Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos.Are the Finnish internet security expert and the Glaswegian popular beat combo frontman by any chance related?

published November 7, 2006 by

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The MacBook Pro's 'missing' GB of RAM

The MacBook Pro's 'missing' GB of RAM

If you study the specifications of the recently released Core 2 Duo-based Apple MacBook Pro, you may be puzzled by the quoted RAM limit of 3GB. The notebook has a pair of DIMM slots that can accommodate 2GB modules, while the Intel 945PM chipset -- which this MacBook Pro model uses -- can handle 4GB of RAM.

published November 6, 2006 by

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Pssst...wanna job?

Pssst...wanna job?

The Reviews section of ZDNet UK is expanding. We've got a great new site, and we aim to fill it with even more great reviews content than you get already.

published November 2, 2006 by

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Coming up in Reviews

Coming up in Reviews

Now that something resembling normal service can be resumed, what's in the pipeline for the Reviews channel on the shiny new ZDNet?Look out for a group test on Draft-N wireless networking gear.

published November 1, 2006 by

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Firefox fan

Firefox fan

Firefox 2 is generating plenty of coverage across the Net, including our own review and shoot-out versus IE 7. Now the new ZDNet's bloggers are getting in on the act: check out David's detailed post on the subject.

published October 31, 2006 by

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Core 2 Duo notebooks on the way

Core 2 Duo notebooks on the way

As the dust settles on the ZDNet editorial floor, and the takeaway wrappers, pizza boxes, Coke tins and other detritus are swept up following a weekend of controlled but frenzied pre-launch activity, thoughts return to the day job. In my case, that's feeding the Reviews channel with exciting content.

published October 31, 2006 by

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We launched!

We launched!

You are now looking at the all-new ZDNet UK, and although the paint may be a bit wet in places, we think it's a massive improvement on what went before. We'll touch up any bits we missed in the days and weeks to come.

published October 30, 2006 by

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We aim to SiRF

We aim to SiRF

Trawling through the 100th handheld spec sheet while carrying out the teethgrindly-dull-but-necessary task called 'data cleansing' prior to our exciting new launch, I couldn't help noticing that SiRF seems to have the handheld-integrated GPS market well and truly sewn up. If a PDA has a GPS inside, it's almost certainly a SiRFstar III.

published October 26, 2006 by

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Shaggy elephant story

Shaggy elephant story

A Korean scientist's commendable but misguided attempt to stem the tide of species extinction by cloning the distinctly deceased woolly mammoth has been frozen in its tracks, report our friends at The Reg.Not only did Hwang Woo-Suk buy his frozen mammoth tissue from the Russian mafia, but -- the cad -- he falsified his expense claim, putting the Pleistocene pemmican down as 'money for cows for experiment'.

published October 25, 2006 by

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How dare they?

How dare they?

You can tell when a review product has made a good impression. After a while, you start hoping that the vendor or the PR has forgotten about it.

published October 23, 2006 by

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Welcome to the productdome

Welcome to the productdome

'This week, I have mostly been reviewing...'That's the standard entry you'll probably find on this blog in future, along with rants about PR companies, product managers, couriers -- and of course the many bits of hardware and software that flow through the Reviews section on a daily basis.

published October 12, 2006 by

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