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!

Say goodbye to the MS-DOS command prompt

Say goodbye to the MS-DOS command prompt

It had a good 36-year run, but its day is done.

Open source has won, and Microsoft has surrendered

Open source has won, and Microsoft has surrendered

Many Linux users are ticked off and anxious about Microsoft joining the Linux Foundation. They are missing the real significance of that move.

I’m going to say no to the new MacBook Pro

I’m going to say no to the new MacBook Pro

Many of the design choices are likely to add up to user frustration.

Clueless CIO cloud confusion continues

Clueless CIO cloud confusion continues

Top CIOs are still puzzled about what the cloud is. What rock have they been hiding under for the last decade?

Windows 10 runs again — but for how long?

Windows 10 runs again — but for how long?

Microsoft finally issued a patch that released Windows 10 PCs from reboot hell. So why is ungrateful me just bracing for the next awful thing to happen?

I want out of Windows patch hell

I want out of Windows patch hell

You’d think that when it made patches pretty much inescapable, Microsoft would have made darn sure those patches were problem-free. But you’d be wrong.

AirPods: Just as bad as you thought they’d be

AirPods: Just as bad as you thought they’d be

No matter how much you love Apple gear, you’re going to have trouble loving AirPods.

I don’t like being force-fed Windows 10

I don’t like being force-fed Windows 10

The nagware announcements are gone, but Microsoft, along with AMD and Intel, has made darn sure you’ll be running Windows 10 and not Windows 7 on the next PC you buy.

Cortana: The spy in Windows 10

Cortana: The spy in Windows 10

Cortana, Windows 10’s built-in virtual assistant, is both really cool and really creepy.

Would you subscribe to Windows?

Would you subscribe to Windows?

Instead of buying Windows, you may soon be subscribing to it — that’s how much Microsoft wants you off of Windows 7.

I don’t want to be LinkedIn with Microsoft

I don’t want to be LinkedIn with Microsoft

Microsoft buying LinkedIn makes good sense — for Microsoft. I’m not so sure about LinkedIn users.

Is Oracle cooking its cloud books?

Is Oracle cooking its cloud books?

It has always had trouble getting customers to buy into its cloud, but the scope of the problem may have been badly underestimated.

Oracle’s API stance would be silly if it weren’t so dangerous

Oracle’s API stance would be silly if it weren’t so dangerous

Google won the most recent battle in the war over fair use of application programming interfaces, but the fighting will go on.

Oracle vs. Google, and the end of programming as we know it

Oracle vs. Google, and the end of programming as we know it

The courts ruled that APIs can be copyrighted. That was bad. Now, if APIs can’t be used with fair use, that will be even worse.

Containers vs. virtual machines: How to tell which is the right choice for your enterprise

Containers vs. virtual machines: How to tell which is the right choice for your enterprise

Name a tech company, any tech company, and they're investing in containers. Google, of course. IBM, yes. Microsoft, check. But, just because containers are extremely popular, doesn't mean virtual machines are out of date. They're not....

Pausing on the PC death march

Pausing on the PC death march

Does it bother you that we’re heading toward a post-ownership computing world where we will have little control over our videos, music, software programs and devices? It does me.

Don’t be surprised when Microsoft Android shows up

Don’t be surprised when Microsoft Android shows up

Look at the evidence. Microsoft seems certain to finally stop trying to push a Windows-based mobile OS on us and embrace the Android future.

Malware is getting nastier, but that shouldn’t matter

Malware is getting nastier, but that shouldn’t matter

Sure, cybercriminals are always improving their wares, but nothing has changed about how our machines actually get infected.

Nest’s Revolv and the Internet of Broken Things

Nest’s Revolv and the Internet of Broken Things

Today, it’s consumers being hit by broken promises from IoT vendors. Tomorrow, it will be businesses. Fortunately, there is way to make things better.

Is Apple rotting?

Is Apple rotting?

Sure, Apple has more cash than God and Bill Gates combined, but how long can its reign last if all its new products are blah?

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