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!

Big clouds aren't always the right fit for small businesses

Sometimes, you need just the basics from a smaller cloud provider for your SMB needs.

Where SMBs are with the cloud

While many small businesses still rely on in-house servers, they're also moving quickly into the cloud.

The story behind Google’s in-house desktop Linux

The story behind Google’s in-house desktop Linux

The best-known Google operating system is Chrome OS, but inside Google itself, the company also uses its own Linux desktop distro — gLinux.

There's still a role for small business servers

Yes, cloud-based options are great, but office servers can still be your best business choice.

Old PCs can find new life with Google ChromeOS Flex

Do you have Macs and PCs from the last ten years running outdated OSes or gathering dust? Want to use them with a modern, safe operating system? It's time to check out Google ChromeOS Flex.

Where, oh where are the new hires?

Do you need new employees? Join the crowd. Half of all small businesses are looking for staffers.

Yes, you can avoid 2022's business travel miseries

Business travel, especially by air, has become more of a pain than ever, but there are ways to avoid some of the problems.

Should you start going to business conferences again?

Should you start going to business conferences again?

It may feel like the pandemic is over, but it’s not. So, unless you have a real need to travel to a conference, just say no.

The dangers of embracing cryptocurrency

Do not invest company assets in crypto, hoping for a big score to keep the lights on in tough times. It's a scam.

The death of Internet Explorer: Good riddance to bad rubbish

The death of Internet Explorer: Good riddance to bad rubbish

Microsoft has pulled the plug on support for the IE desktop app. Finally!

Can a four-day-a-week workweek really work?

It's been talked about for ages. And now, with the biggest pilot ever starting in the U.K., we're going to find out whether a four-day workweek actually, uh, works!

Europe gives Apple a smack in the chops on USB-C power standardization

Europe gives Apple a smack in the chops on USB-C power standardization

Deal with it, Apple. By 2024, everyone in the European Union must be offered a USB-C charger for their devices.

Elon Musk is dead wrong about working from home

Just because someone is smart about some things doesn't mean he's smart about everything. And, yes, I'm looking at you, Elon Musk, and your attitude towards people working from home.

Microsoft is building an ARM-powered Windows mini

Microsoft is building an ARM-powered Windows mini

Sometime in 2023, Microsoft will release its first desktop from Project Volterra.

Instead of working from the office or home, why not work from the road?

If you're going to be a digital nomad who wants to work from anywhere, you will need the right internet connection. Say hello to SpaceX Starlink.

The 5 best SMB storage clouds

For simple business storage, you can't beat the cloud. Aye, but which cloud? That is the question.

Chromebooks: Desktops you can trust to be there

When a PC goes south, there’s often little you can do to get back to work. With a Chromebook, if one fails, you just get another one, and you’re back in business.

Apple shows how work-from-home is here to stay

Workers are increasingly making it clear they will not be forced back into the office. Just ask Apple.

It's time to speed up your business network

Now, companies need the fastest possible Internet service more than ever.

The 9-to-5 workday is over

Businesses big and small will have to deal with the demise of the 9-to-5. But beware of worker burnout.

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