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!

Thanks, Microsoft, but I’m still saying no to Windows 10

Thanks, Microsoft, but I’m still saying no to Windows 10

The OS does have its fans, but Win10 is merely good, not great.

Firefox Quantum: A leap forward, or a fatal trip?

Firefox Quantum: A leap forward, or a fatal trip?

Firefox Quantum is faster, but users will lose all their rich extensions.

eSIM: No more roaming fees, ever!

eSIM: No more roaming fees, ever!

Look, ma! No SIM card! With the new eSIM, you can change carriers without prying out your physical SIM card.

Don’t be the fool in the cloud

Don’t be the fool in the cloud

Is it really that hard to keep from making a security idiot of yourself?

You WILL pay a grand for the iPhone X

You WILL pay a grand for the iPhone X

You’re being unconsciously manipulated to do so, a trick Apple mastered years ago.

Bugs? What bugs? Microsoft sees no evil.

Bugs? What bugs? Microsoft sees no evil.

Surely there are still bugs in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update beta release. Just don’t expect Microsoft to tell you about them.

Microsoft gets sloppy with Surface

Microsoft gets sloppy with Surface

Consumer Reports can’t recommend Microsoft Surface laptops, and neither can I.

Windows 10 is making too many PCs obsolete

Windows 10 is making too many PCs obsolete

Windows 10 will be supported until Oct. 14, 2025 -- unless your computer has a Clover Trail CPU. Then, you’re out of luck.

Kill it! Kill Windows XP now!

Kill it! Kill Windows XP now!

Or are you OK with leaving yourself open to something that can kill your business?

Microsoft, please stop doing things for our own good

Microsoft, please stop doing things for our own good

Kaspersky claimed Microsoft has been disabling its antivirus software in Windows 10. Microsoft replied it was its duty to make sure antivirus protection was ‘always on.’

For real Windows 10 privacy, you need the China Government Edition

For real Windows 10 privacy, you need the China Government Edition

Windows 10 is infamous for having snooping baked in, but one government stood up for user privacy. Oh, the irony!

WWDC: Apple plays catch-up

WWDC: Apple plays catch-up

Yawn. Wake me up when Apple announces something new and innovative.

Google I/O: What about Android on Chrome OS?

Google I/O: What about Android on Chrome OS?

Google introduced many neat new Android features at the conference. Moving forward with Android on Chrome OS wasn’t one of them.

Windows 10 S is crippleware

Windows 10 S is crippleware

We now know more about Windows 10 S — and the more we learn, the more idiotic it looks. No Chrome? No third-party browsers at all? Rewrite all apps? Ha!

The Internet of messy things

The Internet of messy things

How much damage can a ‘smart’ toaster do? Lots, and not just burning your bread.

Windows as a service? Now, there’s an argument for Linux

Windows as a service? Now, there’s an argument for Linux

Microsoft wants to control your Windows 10 desktop. Now are you ready to try a Linux desktop?

Internet privacy? Who needs that?

Internet privacy? Who needs that?

Senate Republicans think it’s fine and dandy for your ISP to sell your private data.

Microsoft is playing Windows hardball

Microsoft is playing Windows hardball

Lucky us. Microsoft is no longer supporting older Windows on newer processors.

Of course your TV’s spying on you

Of course your TV’s spying on you

It has been since it got smart, and so are most of the websites you visit, your Amazon Echo and every voice-activated smart device in your house.

Amazon shows why you shouldn’t put all your tech eggs in one cloud basket

Amazon shows why you shouldn’t put all your tech eggs in one cloud basket

On one really bad day, Amazon Web Services went haywire, and so did millions of users.

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