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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LifeSize Bridge 2200

LifeSize Bridge 2200

Videoconferencing specialist LifeSize, which was acquired late last year by Logitech, has unveiled a 16-port video MCU (Multipoint Control Unit) for handling multi-party HD video calling. The LifeSize Bridge 2200 costs an impressive £54,299, but according to the company its cost per port of £3,394 is about a third of what competitors like PolyCom and Tandberg charge for similar equipment, without compromising on performance.

published October 20, 2010 by

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Data Robotics unveils Drobo Pro FS

Data Robotics unveils Drobo Pro FS

Data Robotics' new Drobo Pro FS is a beefed-up version of the 5-bay Drobo FS, which introduced an integrated NAS server and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to the company's previously direct-attached range of 'self-managing' storage products for small and medium-sized businesses.

published October 5, 2010 by

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Psion Omnii XT10: a modular, rugged handheld

Psion Omnii XT10: a modular, rugged handheld

For techies of a certain vintage, mention of Psion brings on misty-eyed reminiscences of landmark handhelds like the Organiser, the Series 3 and the Series 5, and the EPOC operating system (which went on to form the basis of Symbian). Since acquiring Teklogix in 2000, however, the company has concentrated on rugged mobile devices for vertical markets.

published September 28, 2010 by

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FaceVsion TouchCam N1

FaceVsion TouchCam N1

FaceVsion may not be a familiar name, but its parent, Quanta, is a Fortune 500 company that claims 30 percent of the world's notebook market share, thanks to its role as an OEM supplier to brands like Dell, HP and Sony.FaceVsion's market is HD video communications kit for consumers and SMEs, and European MD Darren Chen came into ZDNet UK earlier this week to show off the company's first UK release: the £90 (inc.

published July 15, 2010 by

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Extend your Wi-Fi: Fritz!WLAN Repeater N/G

Extend your Wi-Fi: Fritz!WLAN Repeater N/G

Now that we finally have a hot summer, the idea of keeping a weather eye on Facebook, Twitter et al from a hammock in the garden looks increasingly attractive. To do that, many people will need to extend the range of their Wi-Fi connections.

published July 9, 2010 by

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New workstations and monitors from Lenovo

New workstations and monitors from Lenovo

Lenovo's 'Innovation Tour' at the IET (Institution for Engineering and Technology) today saw the introduction of what the company claims is the highest-performance workstation in a compact desktop form factor — the ThinkStation C20/C20x. Lenovo also unveiled two wide-screen monitors: the USB-hub-equipped ThinkVision L2230x and the dual-display-capable L2321x.

published June 22, 2010 by

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New tablets from Motion Computing

New tablets from Motion Computing

Tablet computers are getting plenty of exposure at the moment thanks to Apple and its consumer plaything, the iPad. At the other end of the tablet market is Motion Computing, which since 2001 has quietly built a successful business targeting traditional vertical markets like healthcare, construction and field service workers.

published May 19, 2010 by

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Joojoo OS update emerges from Fusion Garage

Joojoo OS update emerges from Fusion Garage

Having initially shipped a nicely designed piece of hardware with what can only be described as a half-baked operating system, Fusion Garage has now begun to rectify the matter with a series of OS and firmware updates for its Joojoo tablet.The updates, which will be pushed out during May, will include improved touchscreen firmware and support for full-screen HD video via Flash-based players.

published May 5, 2010 by

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Adobe ships Creative Suite 5

Adobe ships Creative Suite 5

Designers and developers in a range of creative professions can now get their hands on Adobe's new Creative Suite 5, which ships today.Whether the new features in updated versions of stalwarts like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash and Premiere Pro are worth the prices Adobe charges is a subject of debate every time a new Creative Suite appears.

published April 30, 2010 by

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SDXC: coming soon to a device near you

SDXC: coming soon to a device near you

We're used to seeing imaging devices and notebooks supporting SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) cards, which offer storage capacities up to 32GB. You can buy a 32GB SDHC card for around £60, although a fast Class 10 (10MB/sec minimum write speed) card suitable for high-performance HD video recording will cost at least double that.

published February 24, 2010 by

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Data Robotics launches Drobo Elite and Drobo S

Data Robotics launches Drobo Elite and Drobo S

Data Robotics, the company behind the Drobo range of 'self-managing, self-healing storage solutions' for small businesses and creative professionals, has launched two new additions to its product line — one aimed at each of its target markets.Drobo EliteFor SMEs looking to implement an iSCSI SAN, the 8-drive Drobo Elite extends the functionality of the Editors' Choice-winning Drobo Pro to include multi-host support for consolidating storage across several servers (up to 16).

published November 23, 2009 by

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Logitech buys LifeSize for $405m

Logitech buys LifeSize for $405m

A few weeks ago I met with Craig Malloy, co-founder and CEO of high-definition videoconferencing specialist LifeSize Communications, as the company was introducing its Skype-compatible Passport product. Naturally the conversation touched on Cisco's recent purchase of Tandberg.

published November 11, 2009 by

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