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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Wrestling with Sumo Paint

Wrestling with Sumo Paint

Most of us are familiar with Google's web-based applications, but useful as they are, Google Spreadsheet and its perpetual-beta brethren don't yet deliver the look and feel of a desktop application. One 'cloud' app that most definitely does, and has recently turned version 1.

published January 27, 2009 by

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Sony's 'not-netbook'

Sony's 'not-netbook'

The announcement of Sony's tasty-looking 638g, 8in. VAIO P (below), which launches over here in February, has sparked a debate in the ZDNet UK office about what is, and what isn't, a 'netbook' (we take these things seriously round here).

published January 8, 2009 by

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OQO goes for 'world' record

OQO goes for 'world' record

OQO, maker of UMPCs, or MIDs (or whatever the latest name for even-smaller-than-netbook PCs is) has surpassed itself with the press release announcing its Model 2+ device.The hardware (above) is genuinely interesting.

published January 8, 2009 by

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Intel Core i7 benchmarks...coming soon!

Intel Core i7 benchmarks...coming soon!

Intel has taken the wraps off its new Core i7 (Nehalem) processor architecture, which features an integrated memory controller and new QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) point-to-point links. The first CPUs to become available later this month — all quad-core with two threads per core — will be the $999 Core i7-965 Extreme Edition, the $562 Core i7-940 and the $284 Core i7-920.

published November 3, 2008 by

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Short throw projection from BenQ

Short throw projection from BenQ

London's St Martin's Lane hotel yesterday saw BenQ (slogan "Bringing Enjoyment 'N Quality to Life") showing off its latest projectors, with technology partner Texas Instruments on hand to deliver its usual spiel on DLP (Digital Light Processing).

published October 15, 2008 by

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Look, another netbook!

Look, another netbook!

With HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and others all on-board the netbook bandwagon, it's no surprise at all to see Toshiba announcing its own offering in the shape of the 8.9in.

published September 19, 2008 by

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HTC goes WVGA with Touch HD

HTC goes WVGA with Touch HD

HTC, the hardest-working smartphone maker in the business, has announced another Windows Mobile handset in the Touch family. The headline feature on the Touch HD, which joins an increasingly long list of WinMob iPhone-wannabes, is a high-resolution 3.

published September 16, 2008 by

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Lenovo joins the netbook crowd

Lenovo joins the netbook crowd

We've been wondering when Lenovo would toss its hat into the increasingly crowded netbook (or, as we prefer it, mini-notebook) ring. Now the Lenovo hat is there, in the shape of the IdeaPad S9 (8.

published August 5, 2008 by

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500,000 Classmates for Portugal

500,000 Classmates for Portugal

Amid rumours of a 'third-generation' Classmate PC, Intel has announced that it's to supply half a million of its second-generation (9in. screen) netbooks to the Portuguese government for use in elementary schools.

published July 31, 2008 by

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Eee Box to ship in September

Eee Box to ship in September

Having already used the 'Eee PC' name for its successful and rapidly expanding range of mini- (and increasingly not-so-mini — see the latest 1000 model) notebooks, ASUS must have scratched its collective head when seeking a name for its Eee-branded mini-desktop. It came up with the catchy 'Eee Box', and it'll be available in the UK for £199 from September.

published July 30, 2008 by

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My notebook's bugged

My notebook's bugged

There's a bug in my notebook, what am I gonna do? We're talking about Thrips (Thysanoptera), those tiny fringe-winged insects, also known as thunderbugs or thunderflies.

published July 15, 2008 by

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Coming Soon: Dialogue Box Series 4

Coming Soon: Dialogue Box Series 4

Believe it or not (and we have trouble believing it ourselves) Dialogue Box has been recommissioned for a fourth series — and we didn't have to resort to Alan Partridge-style babbling about 'Monkey tennis' to get the nod!We filmed the first episode yesterday, and without giving too much away, I can reveal that we shed (rather bright and exciting) new light on a subject we covered in the first series last year.

published July 3, 2008 by

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