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Stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

  • BYOD: Good for whom exactly?

    A lot of <a href="">people love the idea of bringing their own computer, Android phone or iPad to work</a> . This trend, called <a href="">"bring your own device" (BYOD)</a> , is catching on in the corporate world. At some companies, workers are no longer provisioned with laptops and cellphones. They just bring their own and add them to the corporate network. CEOs and CFOs in particular seem to love this concept. As for IT departments, they're usually not thrilled that they have to support equipment they may not know a thing about and add new services to <a href="">support a wide range of personal tech</a> . Nevertheless, even technology giants like <a href="">IBM, which is letting its 200,000 workers use their own tablets, iPhones or Android smartphones</a> , are embracing the concept.

  • Microsoft Finally Making Good Products -- Too Late

    If you've read many of my articles over the past 20 years, you may have noticed that I don't care for Microsoft or its products. That isn't because I think open-source software or Apple products are unbeatably great. It's because Microsoft's products are usually awful.

  • Rumble in the Cloud: 5 Cloud storage services compared

    It used to be that when I said "Cloud services," people's eyes would glaze over and in minutes they'd be gently snoring. That was then. This is now. While CIOs and CTOs still debate about what role the Cloud will have in business, personal Cloud services have been slowly easing their way into almost everyone's computing plans.

  • After Jobs: The Enterprise?

    We're finding out all sorts of things about <a href="">Steve Jobs</a> now that he's left us. For example, <a href="">he wanted to crush Android</a> because it was "stealing" from him. That's funny, considering that one of Jobs' pet phrases was "Good artists copy; great artists steal." He knew what he was talking about, since much of Apple's early success can be ascribed to his "theft" of the mouse and GUI from Xerox. We've also learned that his next big idea was to transform the living room with <a href="">Apple TV sets</a> . That's all well and good, but Jobs is gone now. What should Apple do next?

  • Metro on the Wrong Track for Many Windows Users

    You know me. I'm a Linux guy. Still, I think Windows has gone from being a bad joke of a desktop operating system (Windows ME) to being a reasonable choice (Windows 7). Its course hasn't been steady, though: After the <a href="">still popular XP SP3</a> , <a href="">we got Vista</a> . And now we have Windows 8. What the heck is Steve Ballmer thinking?

  • OPINION: Life on Jobs-less earth

    No sooner did Steve Jobs announce that he was stepping down as Apple's CEO then a swarm of stories appeared singing his praises. Fair enough. Other stories pointed out that Jobs made mistakes. OK, I can see that too. What I don't get is all the people who are saying that Jobs wasn't that important. That is so wrong. If we could step into a parallel world without Jobs, I doubt you'd recognize it.