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

Google map API transforms the Web

We are getting a great demonstration right now of open source power, as applications using the Google Maps API begin to appear.Mapquest, owned by AOL, has been around for many years, but it's a proprietary offering.

July 12, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


The Ubuntu Foundation and Debian

As a happy Ubuntu user, I was pleased last week when I received a note announcing the Ubuntu Foundation. The Ubuntu Foundation was created to fund development of Ubuntu and to separate Ubuntu development from Canonical, which supports Ubuntu and open source software.

July 11, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


Is Wikipedia ripe for PR?

 Russell Shaw has an interesting tip for PR types, set up a Wikipedia entry and keep it updated. He points to the Skype article on Wikipedia -- which is certainly a detailed article on Skype, and looks like it is fairly neutral, as opposed to Wikipedia Spam.

July 7, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


European patent directive defeated

It's been a long and arduous saga, but it looks like the Computer Implemented Inventions Directive (CIID) has finally been soundly defeated, 648-14. I have to admit, I'm a little surprised by this result since it seemed likely at many points that this would get shoved through despite overwhelming opposition.

July 6, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier