Charles McLellan

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.

Charles McLellan has nothing to disclose. He does not hold investments in the technology companies he covers

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Mandriva Flash

Mandriva Flash

LiveCDs have proved a handy and secure way to try out Linux distributions for some time, but <a href="http://www.mandriva.com">Mandriva</a> has gone one stage further in the convenience stakes by putting its 2007 KDE 32-bit distro on a 2GB USB flash drive. With its efficient hardware detection and 1GB of spare storage capacity, <a href="http://www.mandriva.com/en/linux/2007/node_3481">Mandriva Flash</a> may be all that some individuals and mobile professionals need in order to be productive when travelling, doing away with the need to lug a notebook around. However, there are one or two drawbacks that take a little of the shine off this otherwise impressive 79-euro (~£53) product.

January 5, 2007 by in Enterprise Software