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!

Suffering through Windows Update

Suffering through Windows Update

Why should I have to worry about whether it’s safe to update my Windows PCs?

The end of the desktop?

The end of the desktop?

Microsoft is introducing the Windows Virtual Desktop, and ushering in the end of the traditional PC desktop operating system.

Don’t waste your money on Office 2019 (says Microsoft)

Don’t waste your money on Office 2019 (says Microsoft)

Office 2019 has been out just a few months, so naturally Microsoft has a big marketing push urging you to … NOT buy it?

5G or faux G?

5G or faux G?

Forget all those stories of 20 Gbps speeds and 1 millisecond latency. 5G will never deliver performance like that — and anyway its time is still years away for most of us most of the time.

Microsoft tries to take on the Chromebook once more

Microsoft tries to take on the Chromebook once more

Will the third time be the charm, or will Windows Lite join Windows 10 S and Windows RT as failed Windows variations?

The Linux desktop: With great success comes great failure

The Linux desktop: With great success comes great failure

Linux is both the most popular operating system and a niche end-user OS. How can that be? Follow along, my friends, and I’ll tell you.

What the heck is it with Windows updates?

What the heck is it with Windows updates?

Lately, it’s been difficult to update Windows systems without running into some showstopping bugs. WTH is going on?

We’re inching closer to DaaS Windows

We’re inching closer to DaaS Windows

How Windows is supported and sold is changing. Or should I say ‘sold’?

Windows on Chromebooks? Stay tuned.

Windows on Chromebooks? Stay tuned.

Could you soon see Windows running on a Chromebook? Clues are pointing that way. But why would Google do it? Here’s my take.

With DaaS Windows coming, say goodbye to your PC as you know it

With DaaS Windows coming, say goodbye to your PC as you know it

How much are you going to like having Microsoft in charge of your desktop?

Is Microsoft already killing off Windows 7?

Is Microsoft already killing off Windows 7?

It sure looks like it’s regretting promising 18 more months of support for Windows 10’s biggest competitor.

RIP Macintosh: 1984–2018

RIP Macintosh: 1984–2018

You may still love your Mac, but Apple doesn’t share your passion.

Don’t believe the hype: We’re a long way from 5G

Don’t believe the hype: We’re a long way from 5G

There’s a host of reasons why we won’t see 5G roll out in production anytime soon.

Kiss Apple networking goodbye

Kiss Apple networking goodbye

Maybe Wi-Fi and backup hardware just isn’t sexy enough for a company with its headquarters in a flying saucer.

iPhone vs. Android: Which is better for you?

iPhone vs. Android: Which is better for you?

Choosing between the two main players in mobile depends on what features and specs are most important to you. Here's what you need to know to make the right decision.

Why not the best? Why not Linux Mint?

Why not the best? Why not Linux Mint?

All of your arguments against desktop Linux are outdated and irrelevant.

iOS 11 is Apple’s Vista

iOS 11 is Apple’s Vista

How can the iPhone and iPad operating system keep going so wrong?

Apple is not as good as its bottom line

Apple is not as good as its bottom line

Apple’s quarterly report may look golden, but there are fundamental problems behind its billions in profit.

Windows 10 S comes to an undignified — but not unexpected — end

Windows 10 S comes to an undignified — but not unexpected — end

Well, that didn’t take long. While Microsoft claims that Windows 10 S is now a Windows 10 “mode,” the truth is that this attempted counter to Google Chrome OS has floundered.

Skygofree: More Android malware malarkey

Skygofree: More Android malware malarkey

A lot of Android virus and malware stories are hooey. Skygofree is a prime example.

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