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

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.

November 6, 2006 by


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.

November 1, 2006 by


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.

October 31, 2006 by

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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.

October 31, 2006 by


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.

October 30, 2006 by


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.

October 26, 2006 by


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'.

October 25, 2006 by


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.

October 23, 2006 by


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.

October 12, 2006 by