Charles McLellan

Charles has been in tech publishing since the late 1980s, starting with Reed's Practical Computing, then moving to Ziff-Davis to help launch the UK version of PC Magazine in 1992. ZDNet came looking for a Reviews Editor in 2000, and he's been here ever since.

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OLPCs land at ZDNet Towers

We are now the proud, if temporary, possessors of no fewer than four OLPC XO laptops. The XO is Nicholas Negroponte's brainchild: a machine that, he and his team hopes, will change the way education is delivered in developing countries.

January 28, 2008 by


What was in Santa's sack?

Everyone I know (except me) seems to have got an Asus Eee for Christmas — although many seem to have bought it as a present to themselves. Me, I spent all the family's money on a brace of iPods for the kids.

January 10, 2008 by


Amazon's Kindle lights no UK fires

Everybody seems to be talking about Amazon's new Kindle e-book reader just now, and if you're wondering why there's no coverage on ZDNet UK Reviews, it's because the device is not yet available for sale this side of the pond.Now you could buy one from the US and ship it over here.

November 21, 2007 by


HP's Brobdingnagian printer

My colleague and fellow Dialogue Box presenter Rupert Goodwins draws my attention to a product we really must take a look at — if we can get it into the building.Observe the HP Scitex TJ8300 printer pictured below.

November 21, 2007 by


Guitar, tune thyself

Last year, Gibson released a digital version of its venerable Les Paul electric guitar (first produced in the 1950s) with an Ethernet connector as well as the standard quarter-inch jack plug. The digital electronics on the HD.

November 14, 2007 by


ThinkPad X60 rejuvenated!

My poor old 512MB ThinkPad X60, which had a happy early life running Windows XP but then suffered a crippling attack of Windows Vista, has now been restored — almost — to productive use thanks to a timely install of Ubuntu 7.10 (a.

October 30, 2007 by


HTC Touches base

Back in June I went to the launch of HTC's Touch, a Windows Mobile 6 smartphone that some touted as an "iPhone killer", thanks to its (somewhat) iPhone-like TouchFLO interface.

October 2, 2007 by


Adobe's Chinese torture

Adobe sent me a copy of Creative Suite 3 Production Premium to play with recently, which was nice. So this morning I thought I'd install it (or some of it anyway), which turned out to be a real time-waster.

September 14, 2007 by


Lenovo's World of Leather

Following the celebrations surrounding the ThinkPad's 15th birthday, news arrives of Lenovo's latest wheeze: the ThinkPad Reserve Edition. This is not a notebook likely to be rolled out to the motorway-pounding corporate sales team, one suspects, given that it costs £3,119 (inc.

September 6, 2007 by

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The joy of push email

We've been writing about push email for long enough, and now we ZDNet hacks have got shiny new Windows Mobile smartphones (in my case, the HTC S620, all hooked up to our corporate Exchange server.Legacy tech hack (left) gets to grips with push email on HTC S620 (right).

September 4, 2007 by