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

Is broadband a right?

I was plunged forcefully into an earlier time, into another century. Yes, it was the 20th. But I could only exchange information by talking to people, on the phone. My grasp of information was limited to newspapers and TV. (OK, cable.) I was starving.

October 27, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


IBM drops Gluecode on JBoss

The link between cooperation and competition, sometimes called coopitition, is a controversial one in the open source world.

October 26, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Open source standards are the story of the year

Most conflicts within the open source community, especially conflicts that appear to be about licensing, are really about the question of just how deep shared standards should go. It's about the placement of a border between what is shared and what is not, what's behind a fence and what's the frontier.

October 25, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Specs are a business plan

Specifications are something like a business plan. You need them. But if you tie yourself too closely to them then you are going to fail.

October 21, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


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


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


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


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


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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