Rupert Goodwins

Rupert started off as a nerdy lad expecting to be an electronics engineer, but having tried it for a while discovered that journalism was more fun. He ended up on PC Magazine in the early '90s, before that evolved into ZDNet UK - and Rupert evolved with them into an online journalist.

Latest Posts

Benoit Mandelbrot finally converges on infinity

You don't get many new shapes in a lifetime. Many new combinations, true, but break the visual world down and it's built out of bits of regular polygons, curves and a smattering of randomness - as it has forever, and as we've learned to look at it since the ancient Greek philosophers.

October 17, 2010 by Rupert Goodwins


Chilean miners saved by leaky feeder

One of the most striking aspects of the Chilean mining disaster was that the trapped workers were quickly in communication with the surface, even though they were close to a kilometre underground.Radio doesn't work through the ground - at least, not the sort that's any good for talking in real time.

October 13, 2010 by Rupert Goodwins


East Coast Main Line's wireless washout

East Coast Main Line - the renationalised GNER service between London and Scotland via York and Newcastle - has good and bad points. Despite dilapidated carriages, cramped seating and prices that are on a par (to be generous) with flying, it remains a civilised and at times beautiful way to rattle to Edinburgh and back.

September 30, 2010 by Rupert Goodwins


A sad end to XMarks, a service I loved.

One of the major hassles for the peripatetic Web user is - or used to be - bookmarks. When you live in your browser, you accumulate a whole set of must-have services as favourites in your bookmark list: if you find yourself on another computer, or installing a browser on a new system, it's like waking up with amnesia.

September 27, 2010 by Rupert Goodwins


How To Print A Web Page - a suggestion

My colleague Ben Woods nipped over to Istanbul this week to check out HP's ePrint, the company's new scheme to mediate printing via the Web - or, if you wish, in that ever-loving cloud.The idea's reasonably simple.

September 25, 2010 by Rupert Goodwins


Jobs, Ballmer, Ellison, Schmidt in gay robot marriage shock?

It's an engaging image — the four leading men in the IT soap opera pledging themselves to each other and a giant sex android at a secret ceremony.Indeed, just by raising the possibility, I've already opened the question as to whether or not it may be true.

September 23, 2010 by Rupert Goodwins

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IDF Day One: Intel turns on the TV

Day 1 at IDF, which means three things: keynotes, technical briefings and the press room coffee.The keynotes – one from CEO Paul Otellini and one from general manager of Intel Architecture Dadi Perlmutter – were broad brush pictures.

September 13, 2010 by Rupert Goodwins


BBC iPlayer: social media and the public interest

The BBC is preparing a new version of iPlayer, and it could be with us as early as Monday - the current iPlayer is mostly not working this Sunday afternoon, which may be the Beeb's equivalent of taking the Apple Store down.Of course, this flashy new Flash app has social network stuff in it: you can recommend things you like and share them with friends.

September 5, 2010 by Rupert Goodwins


Android dreams dashed: annoyed by Droid, dismayed by Desire

Not having a good Android time of it at the moment, although that's not the fault of the burgeoning operating system.As I mentioned, I managed to break the screen of my HTC Desire - just as my initial thrill of delight with the box was hardening into a long-term love affair.

August 2, 2010 by Rupert Goodwins