Guy Kewney

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Guy Kewney
Born Guy Johan Kewney
(1946-04-30)April 30, 1946
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Died April 8, 2010(2010-04-08) (aged 63)
Occupation Author, journalist
Years active 1970s–2010
Spouse(s) Mary Kewney (1972-2010; his death)
Children 2

Guy Johan Kewney (30 April 1946 – 8 April 2010) was a South African-born British journalist, regarded by some as the first UK technology journalist.[1] He was best known as a personal computing pundit, starting with Personal Computer World (PCW) writing a monthly column for the magazine from its launch in 1978 until its closure in June 2009. He launched the blog NewsWireless.Net in 2002 and was a founding partner of AFAICS Research. One of his daughters, Lucy Sherriff, was on the staff of The Register until 2007.

At the peak of the fame and influence of PCW, Kewney was widely regarded as one of the UK's most influential writers and broadcasters on microcomputing technology,[1] founding and editing trade publications Microscope and PC Dealer, co-presenting Computer Trade Video and working as a TV presenter for five years on Thames TV's Database and Channel 4's 4 Computer Buffs before helping launch Ziff-Davis in Britain as the star columnist of PC Magazine (UK), PC Direct, Computer Life, IT Week, and ZDNet UK.

Biography[edit]

Kewney's original goal was to become a civil engineer, but he did not complete that university course of study. In 1965, he dropped out to work for English Electric Leo Marconi Computers. He soon migrated from the "nuts-and-bolts" portion of the early mainframe computers to investigating "how is it programmed?"[2] He began attending all possible meetings and discussions about the programming and development of computers, and became friends with those who would later become giants in the field, such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

BBC News 24 made headlines in May 2006, when they interviewed Guy Goma live on air, mistakenly believing him to be Kewney. News 24 Journalist Karen Bowerman asked the Congolese Economics graduate questions about the Apple Corps v. Apple Computer court case under the impression that he was Kewney. Kewney did not take the mix-up well and wrote an angry response on his blog, 'NewsWireless' in which he comments "[a]nd the fact that a few hundred thousand people in the world are now under the impression that I'm an ignoramus who knows nothing about technology or Apple or iPods, and has a very poor command of English? – well, that's not the Beeb's problem, is it? After all, is a journalist going to sue the BBC and get blacklisted? Of course not!"[3]

Kewney was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2009, which was found to have spread to the liver,[4][5] and wrote about it in his blog, The Hunky Mousehole.[6] He died in the early hours of 8 April 2010.[7] Kewney was survived by his wife Mary and his two daughters, as well as two grandchildren.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Manek Dubash, Kewney: Integrity in socks and sandals, The Register, 12 April 2010
  2. ^ Guy Kewney at NewsWireless.net
  3. ^ Guy Kewney, Really, what matters is that the BBC doesn't look stupid, newswireless.net blog, 10 May 2006
  4. ^ Wendy Grossman, Help Guy and Mary Kewney, 27 January 2010
  5. ^ "Guy Kewney dies at 63". The Register. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  6. ^ Kewney, Guy (29 March 2010). "Winding down? or just a slow day? (Kewney's final blog entry)". The Hunky Mousehole. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  7. ^ Kewney, Guy (8 April 2010). "So long and thanks for all the fish". The Hunky Mousehole. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 

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