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!

After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it's time to hunker down

A cyberwar could spill over to the business world at any moment, so it's time to lock things down tight.

iPhone vs. Android: How to choose the best smartphone for you

iPhone vs. Android: How to choose the best smartphone for you

Making a logical choice between iPhone and Android smartphones requires knowing what features and specs are most important to you. Here's what you need to know to make a smart decision.

Don’t be Coinbase. Don’t crash your site.

It’s possible to be too clever by half with your advertising and offers. If you’re not careful, and you overdo it, you can wreck your own website at the most inopportune time.

Who did I just hire!?

Hiring people has always been hard. But since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hit new levels of strangeness.

5G is finally ready for business

The reality of 5G has never lived up to its promise, until now. 2022 will be different.

Let’s pull back on virtual meetings, shall we?

I’m tired of virtual meetings, you’re tired of virtual meetings, we’re all tired of virtual meetings. It’s time to cut back on them.

Bitcoin: Delusions of money

Bitcoin: Delusions of money

Bitcoin is more broadly accepted than ever, but that doesn't mean it's not still a scam.

Don’t cheap out on essential hardware

While this isn’t the time to pay through the nose for the newest gear, it’s never good to rely on outdated equipment.

Will World War III begin in cyberspace?

Will World War III begin in cyberspace?

It's not the 100,000 Russian troops on Ukraine's borders that worries me as much as cyberattacks that can easily get out of hand.

Get ready for the ‘Great Shutdown’

Thanks to Omicron, many businesses may have no choice but to close down soon. But you can be prepared.

Why not a four-day workweek?

We’re no longer a 19th-century economy, and it’s time to stop thinking of our workweek that way.

The open office floor plan: rethinking an awful idea

Those big, wide-open offices don’t work—both for employees and the companies who think they improve collaboration among colleagues. It’s time to rethink what the office is.

Why are your IT people so miserable? Log4j2itis

Why are your IT people so miserable? Log4j2itis

The biggest security problem of your life is happening right under your nose. Even if you don't know about it, your IT admins do.

Don’t waste time reinventing the software wheel

For some reason, companies love to waste time and money reinventing programs that have already been perfected. Stop it already.

What you should do before your cloud goes down

When Amazon Web Services recently had a case of network hiccups, we all found out how miserable it is to have all our IT eggs in one cloud basket. We can do better. Here’s how.

Omicron: Here we go again

Despite the scary headlines about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, business is better prepared now to deal with the ups and downs it’s likely to bring.

Ransomware is a threat, even for the smallest of businesses

The holiday season is upon us—and so are the ransomware thieves.

Edge and Windows 11 — the return of Microsoft's IE fiasco?

Edge and Windows 11 — the return of Microsoft's IE fiasco?

Microsoft, are you really planning to repeat your biggest business blunder?

Stop looking over my shoulder!

Many businesses have taken to spying on their workers. Don’t do that. It’s a big mistake that will do more harm than good.

Thinking of upgrading your company’s tech gear? Now’s not the time.

Thanks to supply chain problems, getting new PCs, smartphones, routers, hubs, or what-have-you is harder and more expensive than ever. For now, stick with what you’ve got or consider used equipment.

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