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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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.

April 5, 2011 by in Reviews

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.

March 21, 2011 by in Reviews

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.

March 8, 2011 by in Reviews

Mac App Store opens its doors

Mac App Store opens its doors

Apple was never going to keep quiet with the rest of the tech world focusing on announcements from CES, and news duly arrived today that the Mac App Store had launched with, Apple claims, over 1,000 free and paid-for apps available.To access the store, you'll need to update Snow Leopard to version 10.

January 6, 2011 by in Reviews

ZOMM: a Bluetooth 'leash' for your mobile

ZOMM: a Bluetooth 'leash' for your mobile

If you've ever suffered frustration and rage after mislaying or losing your mobile phone, you may be interested in the ZOMM, a gadget that's designed to alert you should you be parted from your handset. Launched earlier this year in the US, picking up an award at CES, it's now available in the UK for £79.

December 3, 2010 by in Reviews

LG Optimus One: entry-level Android 2.2

LG Optimus One: entry-level Android 2.2

When covering Android smartphones we generally evaluate high-end handsets aimed at mobile professionals. However, such devices are not the only drivers of the impressive growth that Google's mobile OS has shown since its launch in October 2008.

November 9, 2010 by in Reviews

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.

October 20, 2010 by in Reviews

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.

October 5, 2010 by in Reviews

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.

September 28, 2010 by in Reviews

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.

July 15, 2010 by in Reviews

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.

June 22, 2010 by in Reviews

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