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!


I don’t like being force-fed Windows 10

I don’t like being force-fed Windows 10

The nagware announcements are gone, but Microsoft, along with AMD and Intel, has made darn sure you’ll be running Windows 10 and not Windows 7 on the next PC you buy.

Cortana: The spy in Windows 10

Cortana: The spy in Windows 10

Cortana, Windows 10’s built-in virtual assistant, is both really cool and really creepy.

Would you subscribe to Windows?

Would you subscribe to Windows?

Instead of buying Windows, you may soon be subscribing to it — that’s how much Microsoft wants you off of Windows 7.

I don’t want to be LinkedIn with Microsoft

I don’t want to be LinkedIn with Microsoft

Microsoft buying LinkedIn makes good sense — for Microsoft. I’m not so sure about LinkedIn users.

Is Oracle cooking its cloud books?

Is Oracle cooking its cloud books?

It has always had trouble getting customers to buy into its cloud, but the scope of the problem may have been badly underestimated.

Oracle’s API stance would be silly if it weren’t so dangerous

Oracle’s API stance would be silly if it weren’t so dangerous

Google won the most recent battle in the war over fair use of application programming interfaces, but the fighting will go on.

Oracle v. Google, and the end of programming as we know it

Oracle v. Google, and the end of programming as we know it

The courts ruled that APIs can be copyrighted. That was bad. Now, if APIs can’t be used with fair use, that will be even worse.

Pausing on the PC death march

Pausing on the PC death march

Does it bother you that we’re heading toward a post-ownership computing world where we will have little control over our videos, music, software programs and devices? It does me.

Don’t be surprised when Microsoft Android shows up

Don’t be surprised when Microsoft Android shows up

Look at the evidence. Microsoft seems certain to finally stop trying to push a Windows-based mobile OS on us and embrace the Android future.

Malware is getting nastier, but that shouldn’t matter

Malware is getting nastier, but that shouldn’t matter

Sure, cybercriminals are always improving their wares, but nothing has changed about how our machines actually get infected.

Nest’s Revolv and the Internet of Broken Things

Nest’s Revolv and the Internet of Broken Things

Today, it’s consumers being hit by broken promises from IoT vendors. Tomorrow, it will be businesses. Fortunately, there is way to make things better.

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