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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Logitech BCC950 ConferenceCam

Logitech BCC950 ConferenceCam

Logitech is best known for its high-quality consumer-grade peripherals, but recently formed a business group, Logitech for Business, to market the more business-oriented products in its portfolio to SMEs and larger enterprises. There will also be new products under the 'for business' banner, among the first of which, announced today, is the BCC950 ConferenceCam.

published March 26, 2012 by

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GeChic On-Lap 1301

GeChic On-Lap 1301

"Two screens good, one screen bad", as Eric Blair might have written: but how do you get two screens on a notebook? Normally you'd have to attach a desktop monitor, which obviously limits your flexibility, or shell out serious money on a specialist system like the recently released dual-17in.

published December 6, 2011 by

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Xirrus extends Wi-Fi array portfolio

Xirrus extends Wi-Fi array portfolio

These days, Wi-Fi connectivity — preferably free — is expected as a matter of course in a wide variety of environments. However, the traditional approach to widespread Wi-Fi coverage, employing multiple access points (APs) and WLAN controllers, requires an equally large number of cable runs and Ethernet ports — all of which adds to the cost and complexity of an installation.

published November 18, 2011 by

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Psion/Blackroc GNSS device delivers centimetre accuracy

Psion/Blackroc GNSS device delivers centimetre accuracy

Earlier this week I met with Tony Jephcott, CEO of data capture specialist Blackroc Technology, and Jonathan Brayshaw from Psion, on whose modular Workabout Pro 3 handheld Blackroc's new Procyon device is based. The Procyon's claim to fame is that it's the first handheld GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) device that, when suitably configured, can deliver 'pinpoint' (1-2cm) accuracy.

published November 4, 2011 by

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Talking tablets, and more, with Lenovo

Talking tablets, and more, with Lenovo

There is much talk of a 'post-PC' world in which smartphones, tablets and other digital devices take centre stage. Be that as it may, the PC-centred world is currently suiting Lenovo just fine: the company has recently overtaken Dell to take the number-two spot in worldwide PC sales behind HP.

published October 19, 2011 by

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Polycom to drive Lync integration with 'Rally'

Polycom to drive Lync integration with 'Rally'

In addition to the headline-grabbing announcements concerning Polycom's purchase of HP's Halo business and the formation of the OVCC (Open Visual Communications Consortium), the videoconferencing company yesterday outlined the next stage in its partnership with Microsoft.In a webcast, CEO Andrew Miller announced a product codenamed Rally, a 'purpose-built' room-based telepresence solution with an embedded Microsoft Lync client.

published June 2, 2011 by

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Seagate GoFlex Satellite

Seagate GoFlex Satellite

Seagate has announced a portable Wi-Fi-equipped hard drive, the GoFlex Satellite, which is designed to act as a wireless media hub for storage-limited tablets and smartphones. Officially unveiled today, the GoFlex Satellite won't be available at UK and European retail outlets until mid-August.

published May 16, 2011 by

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An eye-catching demo

An eye-catching demo

Swedish eye-tracking and eye control specialist Tobii Technology visited ZDNet UK today to show off a prototype system built into a Lenovo notebook.The ability for a computer to track a user's eye movements, and for the user to control aspects of computer operation using eye gestures, has obvious value in situations where the hands are otherwise occupied (a surgeon in a hospital, for example) or are disabled in some way.

published April 13, 2011 by

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Seagate GoFlex Slim

Seagate GoFlex Slim

If you're looking for a convenient and flexible external USB hard disk, Seagate has just launched what it claims is the slimmest available: the GoFlex Slim.At just 9mm thick and (for those with long enough memories) about the same footprint as a PalmPilot PDA (see below), the 160g GoFlex Slim's understated anodised chassis contains a 2.

published April 5, 2011 by

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Tell us about your cloud services

Tell us about your cloud services

Last year, ZDNet UK ran a 'traditional' Service and Reliability survey, looking at dekstop PCs, notebooks, smartphones, servers and so on. This year, as well as reducing the size of the survey (we appreciate that you can suffer from 'survey fatigue'), we're acknowledging the major recent trend in IT by concentrating exclusively on cloud services.

published March 21, 2011 by

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ThinkPad X120e no-show angers non-US users

ThinkPad X120e no-show angers non-US users

With its Fusion platform, AMD is aiming to take a bite out of Intel's netbook and ultraportable market share by offering superior CPU and GPU performance, and lower power consumption, to the chip giant's comparable Atom and Core processors.AMD's Fusion family of APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) combines the CPU and a DirectX 11 GPU on a single chip: for example, the E-350 has dual 1.

published March 8, 2011 by

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