John BrandonCIO

John Brandon is a technology writer and car enthusiast. After leaving the corporate world in 2001, he embarked on a solo writing career and never looked back (except for that one time). He's tested thousands of products and reported on everything from 50 Cent starting a headphone company to BMW building a data center in Iceland. He lives outside of Minneapolis.

9 Unheralded Technology Innovations

Some of the indispensable technology that you use every day was so ahead of its time that it now goes largely unnoticed. Here the innovations that forever changed email, Web development, database management and other "givens" in today's tech finally get their due.

In Pictures: Mondo Data Centers

Think you have to manage a lot of IT gear? These massive facilities -- each at least 100,000 square feet and most much larger than that -- house thousands of servers and process millions of documents, images and videos every day.

Help for the Help Desk

The help desk is getting a much-needed assist in some shops.

Standardizing the Desktop

More companies are using desktop virtualization tools to create a 'gold standard' -- one desktop version that gets pushed out to all end users.

Windows 8: 13 Features Worth Knowing About

Windows 8 will introduce a slew of interesting features, but will they benefit you?

How to Prevent Thumb Drive Security Disasters

Some security professionals suggest a radical approach to locking down USB flash drives, but there are other, less drastic options as well.

Video Format War: Blu-ray vs. Streaming

Blu-ray Discs are growing in popularity--but how long until streaming surpasses them?


Hot Gadgets: Summer Guide 2011

From an extra-rugged smartphone to the perfect grilling fork, these 10 high-tech toys are ideal for summer.

Six Biggest Rising Threats from Cybercriminals

Watch out for these cyberattacks that can turn smartphones into texting botnets, shut off electricity, jam GPS signals and more

Car Tech: Electric Vehicles Get an IT Assist

A new IT challenge is emerging: building a vast infrastructure for electric vehicles, or EVs.

Six Business Security Leaks You Should Plug Now

Deal with these all-too-common dangers to your data and critical business operations before it's too late.

6 Cool Innovations for the Data Center

Sure, consumer gadgets are getting most of the attention these days, but data centers are getting some love too.

Should Fuel Cells Power Your Data Center?

Fuel cells are highly reliable and environmentally friendly, making them attractive to companies that want a greener data center. But they aren't for everyone.

Summer Gadget Guide

From a solar-powered watch to a speaker for your bike helmet and a nifty geocache finder, these 10 high-tech toys are perfect for summer.


New Life for Old Computers

Yes, your old PC can be born again. Here are some tips and examples of creative, practical applications for aging hardware.