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; 300bps was a fast Internet connection; WordStar was the state of the art word processor; and we liked it.His work has been published in everything from highly technical publications (IEEE Computer, ACM NetWorker, Byte) to business publications (eWEEK, InformationWeek, ZDNet) to popular technology (Computer Shopper, PC Magazine, PC World) to the mainstream press (Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, BusinessWeek).

Paula Rooney

Paula Rooney has covered the software and technology industry for more than 20 years, starting with semiconductor design and mini-computer systems at EDN News and later focused on PC software companies including Microsoft, Lotus, Oracle, Red Hat, Novell and other open source and commercial software companies for CRN and PCWeek. She received a silver award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors in 2005 for her profile on Linus Torvalds and edited and co-authored "Partnering With Microsoft," a book about Microsoft's channel published by CMP Publishing in 2004. Rooney graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1997. In her off time, she enjoys scuba diving, sailing, sun worshipping, running, reading, surfing (the net) and hanging out with her family. She resides on the shores of Scituate, Massachusetts.

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The new Metasploit is out

The new Metasploit is out

Along with news of new nasty virii comes word that Metasploit, an open source tool for creating exploits and testing them against your system (to make sure that it is secure) has been released. Get your copy here.

January 12, 2005 by in Open Source

Fighting the antibodies

Fighting the antibodies

Jon Udell has an interesting post about groups resisting change much the same way that antibodies take on an infection. He addresses some of the rather acerbic comments to my post about his Monad/MSH columns.

January 11, 2005 by in Open Source

IBM's patent move

IBM's patent move

As part of its effort to reduce open source Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD), IBM has released 500 of its patents for use without payment. A complete list is available here.

January 11, 2005 by in IBM

SCO skipping the tough questions

SCO skipping the tough questions

Groklaw has a link and writeup about a report from Chris Preimesberger about SCO's bad numbers for the fourth quarter of 2004, but a puzzling "optimistic" outlook. Preimesberger notes something that I've long been aware of, namely that SCO is very picky about who gets to ask questions during their quarterly conference calls:Something I want to mention about this conference call: No hardball questions were asked.

January 10, 2005 by in Open Source

Apples and office suites

Apples and office suites

Is Apple prepping a new and improved office suite? The rumors that abound before Apple's Macword Expo are in full force, and one of the rumors gathering steam is that Apple might be ready to unveil a suite called iWork, with its Keynote presentation software and a new word processing program called Pages or perhaps Notes.

January 5, 2005 by in Apple

Live Linux or die

Live Linux or die

Robin (Roblimo) Miller's latest book is Point and Click Linux, which he is selling with his usual flair and understatement."Learn about Linux or get left behind," is the way he put it to Enterprise Linux News recently.

January 4, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

Better errors in 2005

Better errors in 2005

Preston Gralla has an interesting list of five things Microsoft won't do in 2005, but should. Worth a read, but one of the "should" items for Microsoft is also true of a great deal of open source software as well.

January 4, 2005 by in Microsoft

Learning From IBM

Learning From IBM

IBM has made more of a commitment to open source, in terms of money and people, than any other company.It also has more to show for its investment than anyone else.

January 4, 2005 by in IBM

Blogging and open source

Blogging and open source

In case anyone needed the obvious pointed out, a report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project has confirmed that blogs have "established themselves as a key part of online culture." Of course, being a key part of online culture doesn't necessarily mean that it's a key part of everyday culture.

January 3, 2005 by in Open Source

Open Sesame

Open Sesame

Our recent note on the War Against Open Source brought some great posts (this art available from the Gypsy Hollow Gallery), including this from reader George Mitchell:If the war against open source continues, eventually the question of what exactly is contained in closed source code bases will surface. And that would leave a host of software vendors with infringing code.

January 2, 2005 by in Open Source

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