|Born||Guy Johan Kewney
30 April 1946
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
|Died||8 April 2010(aged 63)|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Kewney (1972-2010; his death)|
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?" 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.
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, 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.
BBC interview mix-up
On 8 May 2006, BBC News 24 journalist Karen Bowerman interviewed Congolese job applicant Guy Goma live on air, after a producer had brought him on set, mistakenly believing him to be Kewney. Mr Goma was asked questions about the Apple Corps v. Apple Computer court case, which he struggled to answer. Kewney initially did not take the mix-up well and wrote a response on his blog, 'NewsWireless' in which he commented "[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!" However, according to a blog post by Kewney, the two had since met.
Kewney was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2009, which was found to have spread to the liver, and wrote about it in his blog, The Hunky Mousehole. He died in the early hours of 8 April 2010. Kewney was survived by his wife Mary and his two daughters, as well as two grandchildren.
- Manek Dubash, "Guy Kewney: Integrity in socks and sandals", The Register, 12 April 2010
- Guy Kewney at NewsWireless.net
- Guy Kewney, Really, what matters is that the BBC doesn't look stupid, newswireless.net blog, 10 May 2006
- Wendy Grossman, Help Guy and Mary Kewney, 27 January 2010
- "Guy Kewney dies at 63". The Register. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-08.
- Kewney, Guy (29 March 2010). "Winding down? or just a slow day? (Kewney's final blog entry)". The Hunky Mousehole. Archived from the original on 2 April 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
- Kewney, Guy (8 April 2010). "So long and thanks for all the fish". The Hunky Mousehole. Archived from the original on 12 April 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
- Fare comment! - article about Congolese job applicant mistakenly being interviewed instead of Guy Kewney (with link to video of the interview)
- Interview with Kewney (October 2006)
- The i-Kew
- AFAICS Research
- Guy Kewney's influence on the home computer industry. At Bruceongames
- Thread for memories of Kewney
- Obituary: Guy Kewney BBC
- Guy Kewney RIP Manek Dubash