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

Ex-Sun CEO: Apple, MS threatened IP lawsuits

Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's CEO who left when Oracle bought the company, has started a blog called What I Couldn't Say. He promises revelations from behind the corporate firewall from his time running Sun, and one of his first posts certainly delivers.

March 10, 2010 by Rupert Goodwins


Bloom Energy: more noise than sense?

You'll have seen Bloom Energy and its amazing fuel cell system for generating electricity that will be cleaner, cheaper and more convenient than current ways of shifting electrons. Or so the company claims: these are important things, and it's always worth asking whether they can be true.

February 28, 2010 by Rupert Goodwins


Why is iPad a four letter word?

The Monday before the launch of the iPad, I had a rather fractious phone call from a TV station.Broadcaster: "Would you come on the telly on Wednesday morning and talk about the Apple Tablet or whatever it is they're going to be launching on Wednesday evening?

January 31, 2010 by Rupert Goodwins


How many divisions has Eric Schmidt?

Google's decision to pull out of China is the first genuinely new international power play of the 21st century. And that decision has been made: although the company talks of discussing its future with the authorities, Google has practically accused the Chinese government at best of incompetence, at worst of espionage and theft.

January 12, 2010 by Rupert Goodwins

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Steorn sets up for second bite at perpetual cherry

Perpetual motion - a technology so outside the laws of physics that even the patent office refuses to touch it - is back.Or it will be when Steorn, the Emerald Isle's leading proponents of the art, shows off working machines and opens the tech up to anyone who wants a licence.

December 14, 2009 by Rupert Goodwins


Cosmic conundrum for Celtic computing

The BBC has a nice story for anyone who hopes that IT can bring economic benefits to disparate communities. Which it should, given that you can do anything online from anywhere on the planet - forcing people to huddle together is a relic of the industrial revolution.

November 26, 2009 by Rupert Goodwins


Dictatorial, disastrous, dire: Mandelson must not pass

Without debate, without public consulation, without any form of mandate, Lord Mandelson - an unelected politician - is preparing to place the rights of powerful industrial concerns above those of Parliament and above ours.The powers that he wants to create - by means of a statutory instrument, which bypasses Parliamentary debate and decision - will criminalise downloading of content without permission.

November 19, 2009 by Rupert Goodwins


Murdoch versus the Net? Game on.

Rupert Murdoch has said that he'll probably take his content out of Google, and hinted very strongly he and other newspaper groups are in discussion over paywalls.

November 9, 2009 by Rupert Goodwins