Bill SnyderColumnist, InfoWorld

San Francisco journalist Bill Snyder writes frequently about business and technology. He writes the Tech's Bottom Line blog for InfoWorld, and his work appears regularly in CIO.com and the publications of Stanford's Graduate School of Business and the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. He welcomes your comments and suggestions.

Patent Trolls' Next Target: Independent Developers

The attack on a group of Apple developers shows how badly our patent system is broken and how vulnerable the mobile ecosystem has become

Chromebook: Are You Really Ready to Marry Google?

Do you want to marry Google, as a computing partner that is? If you do, the new Chromebook might make sense. If not, don't even think about buying one.

Google Voice: Are You Missing Out on the Coolest Features?

Google and Sprint didn't exactly cover themselves in glory last week. The much hyped integration of Google Voice and Sprint fell flat on its face.

RIM and Microsoft: Dance of the Zombies

Analysis: Their 'partnership' will change nothing in the mobile market, which is following the path of the iPod instead of Windows

on techhive.com

Home Wi-Fi Security: 4 Steps to Avoid Trouble

The risks of not properly securing your home wireless network continue to increase.

Microsoft's Two-Front War for the Future

From the edge to the core, Microsoft is feeling the heat from Google and Apple -- and the downside of being chained to the desktop.

Epsilon E-Mail Hack: How You Can Protect Yourself

Most of the time I only hear from my credit card companies when I owe them money or when they want to sell me a new service.

2011's IPOs Show the Future is in Consumer Tech

Investors are once again pouring money into technology startups -- but just in consumer-oriented areas

How to Avoid Backup Disasters

Even those of you religious about backing up your PC data may face a few of the same demons that CIO.com's Bill Snyder recently battled. Read on for advice on...

Inside Infosys's Alleged Illegal Visa Practices

Whistle-blower claims giant Indian outsourcer is illegally importing low-paid tech workers using temporary visas

Anti-Virus Software Driving You Mad? 5 Fight-Back Tips

Security programs still hog PC resources and cause all kinds of hassles. Here's how to get better control of antivirus software and make it work for you.

Why Microsoft Declared War on Google Over Android

The real issue behind the Android patent lawsuits is licensing revenue, with Redmond holding a gun to the heads of device makers.

on techhive.com

Firefox 4: Three Ways It Beats IE and Chrome Browsers

The browser wars are back with a vengeance, which means your choices keep on coming: Firefox 4 hits this week. CIO.com's Bill Snyder breaks down several features...

Cloud Tools Organize Your Messy Digital Life

When people moved from paper to digital files on a computer, it didn't take long to realize that you can get just as burdened by digital stuff as by hard copies.

Consumer Tech is Coming to the Workplace -- Stop Fighting It!

Wars between IT and users over mobile and social technologies are battles that no one can win -- but developers can end