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

Flock of delays over, Flock debuts

Do we need it? Is a replacement browser the way forward for Web 2.0 applications? Should blogging be done inside your Web client, or is that something for a server? Is this trip really necessary?

October 21, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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An open source value central to the Internet

Consensus has a bad habit of breaking down when money gets into the mix. Contracts are one replacement principle. Democracy is another. Power is a third. But none of these alternate values deliver what consensus delivers.

October 20, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Moore's law of training defines the economic cycle

The new business cycle is based on training. Technology is acquired, but it isn't adapted for use until buyers feel pressure to raise productivity. It takes time to learn, and a commitment that arises best out of need.

October 19, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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The real threat to Microsoft in open source

For a consumer with a PC or two, the costs of Windows now includes some management services, and support. Even for a small network manager there are education and training costs to be paid up-front, plus the possibility of big-ticket service calls down the line.

October 17, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Web 2.0 and open source

Cut through the PR-speak and it reads to me like concern, caution, watch it. Oracle could always buy mySQL, too.

October 14, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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I get a right good fisking

There are great tools for Linux security, and Linux security management can be first-rate, but the process needs to be completely automated before the mass market trusts it.

October 12, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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IBM a winner in Mainsoft contest

If your shop is running any of these applications, programs written for Windows and just ported to Linux (rather than being rewritten in something like Java or re-architected entirely), I'd sure like to know how it's running.

October 12, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Defining the open source image

It is very easy to watermark photos and prevent them from downloading in the clear, but few people take advantage of that technology. Cost and complexity must be issues, because issuing threats is never any fun.

October 12, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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More from the little red hen

Open source, like most things, works on the 90-10 rule. That is 90% (or more) of the work is done by 10% (or less) of the people. In the case of software, these few are creating enormous economic value, and they can become an unhappy few.

October 12, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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