Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge PC operating system. SJVN covers networking, Linux, open source, and operating systems.

Paula Rooney

Paula Rooney is a Boston-based writer who has followed the tech industry for more than two decades.

Latest Posts

Yet another open source RIA tool

It's true that, when Rich Internet Application technologies like AJAX first emerged, the tools for creating such files left something to be desired. What seems to have happened since is that many companies have created their own tools, and now want to gain some benefit from that.

April 8, 2009 by Dana Blankenhorn


Any friends OK for open source?

Pentaho has been accused of nothing, that I am making no accusations against them. I'm just asking whether there is such a thing as appearances. This Satyam scandal has been brewing for months, and Pentaho signs on the line which is dotted just as it explodes?

April 8, 2009 by Dana Blankenhorn


How will Netbooks change our computing lives

Instead of being an end in itself, which a laptop becomes, a Netbook is a means to the end, the end in this case being the Internet. Its competition, for better or worse, is the iPhone, and it competes based on an interface that can accommodate 10 fingers and a PC screen's aspect ratio.

April 7, 2009 by Dana Blankenhorn


The open source sea change and the Taylor graph

Signing a support subscription contract is not the same thing as buying software. It's less a buyer-seller relationship than a student-teacher relationship. Once you accept this and build it into your budget you will get the maximum bang for every open source buck you spend. Just not before. This is the open source sea change, the biggest impact of a company successfully adopting open source.

April 7, 2009 by Dana Blankenhorn


The Linux laptops of 2009

The Linux laptop business represents a Chinese industry trying to serve a Western market and getting lost in the translation.

April 4, 2009 by Dana Blankenhorn


Selling software as hardware the Branserv way

Entrepreneur Alex Pyatetsky wants to get busy with an idea he calls Branserv. It's not a cereal, and it's not an advertising outfit. It's an idea to take your software, turn it into hardware, and sell it to the world.

April 3, 2009 by Dana Blankenhorn