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.

Latest Posts

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.

September 16, 2008 by in Reviews

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.

August 5, 2008 by in Reviews

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.

July 31, 2008 by in Reviews

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.

July 30, 2008 by in Reviews

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.

July 15, 2008 by in Reviews

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.

July 3, 2008 by in Reviews

HP's 'colour-critical' LCD

HP's 'colour-critical' LCD

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).

June 12, 2008 by in Reviews

Coming soon: HP's EliteBook

Coming soon: HP's EliteBook

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.

June 10, 2008 by in Reviews

OLPC The Second

OLPC The Second

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.

May 21, 2008 by in Reviews

Tablet trouble

Tablet trouble

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.

May 14, 2008 by in Reviews

Telescopic oversight

Telescopic oversight

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.

May 13, 2008 by in Reviews

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