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.
Dispatches from the Reviews Editor
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.
One of the key products introduced at HP's 'Connecting Your World' event in Berlin earlier this week was the 24in. DreamColor LP2480zx, a 30-bit (10 bits per primary colour channel) LED-backlit monitor featuring HP's DreamColor Engine technology (first seen in a number of printers last year).
I'm in Berlin with HP for its 'Connecting Your World' shindig, the sun is shining, HP's top brass are keynoting and new products are appearing at an impressive rate.Among the highlights is the HP EliteBook 6930p, the first of a new range of business notebooks combining military-standard (MIL-STD 810F) build quality with attractive industrial design.
Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child project has been hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons recently, but that hasn't stopped OLPC from unveiling the successor to its XO notebook.When we say 'unveil', what was actually revealed at yesterday's MIT Media Lab event was a concept design — the finished product isn't due to appear until 2010.
We've had Dell's Latitude XT convertible tablet at ZDNet Towers for a couple of days, and been impressed with its sleek brushed aluminium finish, near-ThinkPad-quality keyboard, integrated HSPDA, diminutive AC adapter and capacitative touchscreen.About the touchscreen.
Microsoft Research's new WorldWide Telescope, in the brief time we've had to play with the beta, looks wonderful. A real productivity-killer, in fact -- especially as I'm lucky enough to have a powerful PC and a 30in.
Fed up with plastic or magnesium alloy notebooks? How about a wooden one?
HP's much-rumoured 2133 Mini-Note PC is now official in the UK. This attempt to exploit the market tapped so successfully by the ASUS Eee will cost from £299 (ex.
Hot off the press from our Shanghai correspondent at IDF — a picture of Nehalem, Intel's next-generation processor:Pressed into Rupert Goodwins' eager hands literally minutes ago, this chip represents the 'tock' part of Intel's 'tick-tock' development cycle, building a new and improved architecture on top of the 45nm fabrication process introduced last year with the Penryn chips.Rupert's keyboard seems to bear a few battle scars too — more from our man at IDF later.
I've often wondered where the gym with which CNET Networks UK has a membership deal is located. People head off looking purposeful, and return looking knackered — it's never appealed, really.
Our collection of small, inexpensive, education-orientated notebooks is at last complete, following the arrival today of a brace of Intel Classmate systems. The Classmate will go up against the OLPC XO and ASUS's Eee in our low-power computing project.
We are now the proud, if temporary, possessors of no fewer than four OLPC XO laptops. The XO is Nicholas Negroponte's brainchild: a machine that, he and his team hopes, will change the way education is delivered in developing countries.
Everyone I know (except me) seems to have got an Asus Eee for Christmas — although many seem to have bought it as a present to themselves. Me, I spent all the family's money on a brace of iPods for the kids.
Everybody seems to be talking about Amazon's new Kindle e-book reader just now, and if you're wondering why there's no coverage on ZDNet UK Reviews, it's because the device is not yet available for sale this side of the pond.Now you could buy one from the US and ship it over here.
My colleague and fellow Dialogue Box presenter Rupert Goodwins draws my attention to a product we really must take a look at — if we can get it into the building.Observe the HP Scitex TJ8300 printer pictured below.
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