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.

Latest Posts

Calling Adobe refuseniks

Our colleague Seth Rosenblatt over at in the US has put together a useful guide to open-source and free software that mirrors what Adobe offers in its Creative Suite applications.

April 25, 2007 by


Fishing for Deepfish

Microsoft Live Labs recently unveiled a Technology Preview of a new browser called Deepfish, which is designed to make web browsing on small-screen mobile devices a much more satisfying experience than it currently is.Unfortunately, the initial beta program was limited to a small number of users, and we didn't make it in time.

April 19, 2007 by


Breaking UMPC news from IDF

Our much-travelled Technical Editor Rupert Goodwins is currently deep in Intel briefings at IDF in Beijing, but he's managed to dodge the PowerPoint for long enough to send us this pic of a prototype Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC):What's new about this one is (a) it's running Vista, and (b) it's powered by Intel's as-yet-unannounced '2007 Mobile processor'. There are two separate models, one of which is capable of running Vista's fancy Aero graphics — for around 4.

April 16, 2007 by


The Curse of the AC adapter

We're moving offices over Easter, and after much cajoling from our office manager, I'm finally clearing out ZDNet UK's lab space. It's hell in there, with more entangled power leads, cat 5 cables and other random bits of tech flotsam, not to mention jetsam, than you can shake a stick at.

March 29, 2007 by


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!

March 15, 2007 by


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.

March 14, 2007 by


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.

March 6, 2007 by


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).

February 8, 2007 by

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