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

Where should security live?

Here is a question that lies beyond the normal Linux vs. Windows arguments we make here, but whose answer should concern even Linux users.

May 20, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Keeping old PCs alive

Contrary to the assumptions of many of us, a lot of people are going to find Microsoft's Eiger offer compelling. Eiger will be a version of Windows XP for "obsolete machines" -- obsolete in that they run operating systems Microsoft no longer supports.

May 19, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Reversing outsourcing

Fundamentally most outsourcing contracts substitute tweedle dee for tweedle dumand it should be no surprise, therefore, when interchangeable people and technologiesproduce interchangeable disasters.

May 18, 2005 by Paul Murphy


Security and the Linux process

In his latest entry, Dana asks whether the Linux process is insecure, because it's not possible to warn the "vendor" before warning the general public about security flaws in Linux. He also notes that "Microsoft has theoretical control of this situation.

May 18, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


Without wetware, what?

the Unix community thinksa machine with two CPUs should do twice as much work as a machine with only one, but Windows people expect it to go twice as fast

May 17, 2005 by Paul Murphy

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x86 facing real competition

Look at history from 1980 forward and what you see since is that the Wintel consortium evolved around the IBM PC to give us about 24 years of predictable change in which the dominant architecture became ever faster, but didn't really change in character. Look ahead, and you see all that changing: in effect it's 1979 all over again with two big competitors getting ready to duke it out and the current market leader, now Intel instead of Zilog, effectively sidelined for the duration.

May 16, 2005 by Paul Murphy


Pushing IBM Around

When a politician wants to send a signal to a rival they can do it by "privately" meeting with an opponent in a way they're certain will become public. Thus Microsoft's flirtation with Red Hat is really aimed at sending a message to IBM.

May 16, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn