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!

5 ways to avoid cloud waste

Technology winners and losers in the days of COVID-19

Technology winners and losers in the days of COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic is revealing just where our technology is up to the challenge and where it's failing.

Don’t let the coronavirus make you a home office security risk

Don’t let the coronavirus make you a home office security risk

Congratulations. You're now the chief security officer of your company’s newest branch office: Your home. Here's how to manage your new job.

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 will no longer be 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.

What’s up with Windows patching, Microsoft?

What’s up with Windows patching, Microsoft?

A month late? Seriously? It’s both outrageous and unsurprising.

If you want privacy you need to run Linux

If you want privacy you need to run Linux

Windows is unsafe by design, and macOS isn’t a lot better. But even Linux distros that have joined the mainstream by becoming less scary are much safer.

You still can’t turn off Windows 10’s built-in spyware

You still can’t turn off Windows 10’s built-in spyware

Microsoft is reducing the data it collects from your Windows 10 PCs, but what does that really mean? Good question. Microsoft isn’t saying.

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