Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting-edge PC operating system, 300bps was a fast Internet connection, WordStar was the state-of-the-art word processor, and we liked it!

What’s up with Windows patching, Microsoft?

If you want privacy you need to run Linux

If you want privacy you need to run Linux

Windows is unsafe by design, and macOS isn’t a lot better. But even Linux distros that have joined the mainstream by becoming less scary are much safer.

You still can’t turn off Windows 10’s built-in spyware

You still can’t turn off Windows 10’s built-in spyware

Microsoft is reducing the data it collects from your Windows 10 PCs, but what does that really mean? Good question. Microsoft isn’t saying.

Tesla will rule the car world

Tesla will rule the car world

Some people still doubt Tesla. Elon Musk is laughing all the way to the future.

Follow-up: MS-DOS lives on after all

Follow-up: MS-DOS lives on after all

Microsoft wants to make it clear that the last bits of MS-DOS, cmd.exe, aren’t going away.

Say goodbye to the MS-DOS command prompt

Say goodbye to the MS-DOS command prompt

It had a good 36-year run, but its day is done.

Open source has won, and Microsoft has surrendered

Open source has won, and Microsoft has surrendered

Many Linux users are ticked off and anxious about Microsoft joining the Linux Foundation. They are missing the real significance of that move.

I’m going to say no to the new MacBook Pro

I’m going to say no to the new MacBook Pro

Many of the design choices are likely to add up to user frustration.

Clueless CIO cloud confusion continues

Clueless CIO cloud confusion continues

Top CIOs are still puzzled about what the cloud is. What rock have they been hiding under for the last decade?

Windows 10 runs again — but for how long?

Windows 10 runs again — but for how long?

Microsoft finally issued a patch that released Windows 10 PCs from reboot hell. So why is ungrateful me just bracing for the next awful thing to happen?

I want out of Windows patch hell

I want out of Windows patch hell

You’d think that when it made patches pretty much inescapable, Microsoft would have made darn sure those patches were problem-free. But you’d be wrong.

AirPods: Just as bad as you thought they’d be

AirPods: Just as bad as you thought they’d be

No matter how much you love Apple gear, you’re going to have trouble loving AirPods.

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