Nigel Whitfield

Freelance journalist & editor

Nigel Whitfield, September 2006
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I have been closely involved with Personal Computer World since becoming freelance in 1995, and have written extensively on a number of topics, including monthly columns on internet and e-commerce issues. I've also done numerous reviews and features, covering a wide range of topics. I also regularly undertake editing work for the magazine, and currently look after the Hands On and Features section of the magazine, editing and proofing material each month.

3D printers

The universal machine could be closer than you think. In this article for Personal Computer World, I look at how you can print 3D objects, using fairly simply replication technology. Read article

An introduction to internet filtering

Written for a cover mounted booklet in early 2004, this article explains the type of internet filtering options that are available to parents, and the issues they should consider when choosing a way of selecting what their children can see online. Read article

Apple iWork 05

This product review takes a look at Apple's iWork 05 package, which is made up of the Pages word processor and Keynote presentation tool Read article

Building an OpenBSD mail server, part 1

This two part article, from early 2005, explains how you can build a mail server using OpenBSD, with spam and virus filtering; it's a good example of the more technical articles that I sometimes write, but you should note that much of the software mentioned has been updated since the article was written. Read article

Building an OpenBSD mail server, part 2

In the second part of this article, published a month after the first, I explain how to set up and configure the spam and virus filtering software, as part of the Postfix mail system. Read article

Citrix GoToMeeting

Collaboration software is a popular topic these days, and this review from the summer of 2005 looks at a package from Citrix, offered on a monthly subscription basis. Read article

Hands on Networking, March 2003

This Hands On column explains the work necessary in migrating a small network from one ISP to another, and trying to do so with the minimum of hassle. Read article

Home security with your PC

Following on from a piece I wrote in 2003 - which you can read via the Links section - this article from early 2005 explains some of the ways in which PCs and other computer technology can be used to keep your home safe, and includes linked product reviews. Read article

Satellite basics

This is a brief explanation of the difference between satellite and terrestrial reception Read article

The future of broadband

Published in early 2006, this feature looks at the current state of the broadband market in the UK, and what new developments can be expected over the coming months and years. Read article

The true cost of wireless data

Published in July 2006, this article looks at the cost of wireless data, both WiFi and via mobile phone, and explains the options for when you're travelling and need to stay in touch. Please note that the prices in this article were correct at the time it was researched (May 2006) and may have changed since then. Do not use this piece as a definitive buying guide. Read article

Xara Xtreme

From autumn 2005, this review of Xara Xtreme is one of several that I've done of the different Xara graphics products over recent years. Read article

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Although you'll find a reasonable selection of articles from PCW here, if you want to see the most up to date work that I've done for the magazine, you'll have to look in their own web site as the contract between VNU and their freelances gives them exclusive rights for the first six months. You'll find links to much of the recent material via the Links section of my pages.