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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ThinkPad X60 rejuvenated!

ThinkPad X60 rejuvenated!

My poor old 512MB ThinkPad X60, which had a happy early life running Windows XP but then suffered a crippling attack of Windows Vista, has now been restored — almost — to productive use thanks to a timely install of Ubuntu 7.10 (a.

published October 30, 2007 by

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HTC Touches base

HTC Touches base

Back in June I went to the launch of HTC's Touch, a Windows Mobile 6 smartphone that some touted as an "iPhone killer", thanks to its (somewhat) iPhone-like TouchFLO interface.

published October 2, 2007 by

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Adobe's Chinese torture

Adobe's Chinese torture

Adobe sent me a copy of Creative Suite 3 Production Premium to play with recently, which was nice. So this morning I thought I'd install it (or some of it anyway), which turned out to be a real time-waster.

published September 14, 2007 by

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Lenovo's World of Leather

Lenovo's World of Leather

Following the celebrations surrounding the ThinkPad's 15th birthday, news arrives of Lenovo's latest wheeze: the ThinkPad Reserve Edition. This is not a notebook likely to be rolled out to the motorway-pounding corporate sales team, one suspects, given that it costs £3,119 (inc.

published September 6, 2007 by

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The joy of push email

The joy of push email

We've been writing about push email for long enough, and now we ZDNet hacks have got shiny new Windows Mobile smartphones (in my case, the HTC S620, all hooked up to our corporate Exchange server.Legacy tech hack (left) gets to grips with push email on HTC S620 (right).

published September 4, 2007 by

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A tale of two Vista systems

A tale of two Vista systems

I've upgraded two systems to Windows Vista over the past few months, with vastly different results. The first was a nice ultraportable ThinkPad X60, with 512MB of RAM and integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics.

published August 22, 2007 by

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The Vista future isn't Orange

The Vista future isn't Orange

I'm off on holiday tomorrow (hurrah!), and like a sad geek (sorry, technology journalist), I thought I'd take an ultraportable notebook and a 3G datacard along with me — just to keep in touch with news and current affairs, you understand.

published August 8, 2007 by

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The ThinkPad at 15

The ThinkPad at 15

Lenovo proudly informs us that the ThinkPad is now 15 years old, and is partying tonight in Soho to celebrate the fact. Unfortunately I can't be there, but the anniversary reminder does bring back a few memories...

published July 19, 2007 by

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Samsung Q1 Ultra sighted at ZDNet towers

Samsung Q1 Ultra sighted at ZDNet towers

Samsung UK's Product Marketing Manager for the Q1 Ultra UMPC, Dinesh Chand, was in yesterday to show off the device, which is about to ship in the UK.Since it was unveiled at CeBIT in March the Q1 Ultra — which like its Q1 predecessor will cost £799 — has shed its fingerprint reader.

published June 13, 2007 by

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Calling Adobe refuseniks

Calling Adobe refuseniks

Our colleague Seth Rosenblatt over at Downloads.com in the US has put together a useful guide to open-source and free software that mirrors what Adobe offers in its Creative Suite applications.

published April 25, 2007 by

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Fishing for Deepfish

Fishing for Deepfish

Microsoft Live Labs recently unveiled a Technology Preview of a new browser called Deepfish, which is designed to make web browsing on small-screen mobile devices a much more satisfying experience than it currently is.Unfortunately, the initial beta program was limited to a small number of users, and we didn't make it in time.

published April 19, 2007 by

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Breaking UMPC news from IDF

Breaking UMPC news from IDF

Our much-travelled Technical Editor Rupert Goodwins is currently deep in Intel briefings at IDF in Beijing, but he's managed to dodge the PowerPoint for long enough to send us this pic of a prototype Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC):What's new about this one is (a) it's running Vista, and (b) it's powered by Intel's as-yet-unannounced '2007 Mobile processor'. There are two separate models, one of which is capable of running Vista's fancy Aero graphics — for around 4.

published April 16, 2007 by

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The Curse of the AC adapter

The Curse of the AC adapter

We're moving offices over Easter, and after much cajoling from our office manager, I'm finally clearing out ZDNet UK's lab space. It's hell in there, with more entangled power leads, cat 5 cables and other random bits of tech flotsam, not to mention jetsam, than you can shake a stick at.

published March 29, 2007 by

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