Mike ElganComputerworld Follow me on Google+

Mike Elgan is an opinion columnist at large who writes for Computerworld.com, The Raw Feed, TechGear and many other online and print publications. In the past, Mike has worked as chief editor for Windows Magazine, HP World Magazine, Inside HP, HP World News, The Palm Reader, Palm News, Road Tricks, Portable Life News, Laptop Life, BuzzWords, Pocket Windows and Portable Windows. The World Is My Office

Why Chromebooks Will Fail

Everyone wants what Microsoft's got, namely control of the most widely used computing platform. Or, more accurately, everyone wants the billions and billions of...

Pop Your Internet 'Filter' Bubble

Think you're on the Internet right now? Well, you're not. You're on your Internet. The exact version of the online world that you see is available only to you.

Who Owns Your Location?

Enough! We, the smartphone-using people of the United States, are being taken advantage of, stolen from and blackmailed. It's got to stop.

Snooping: It's Not a Crime, It's a Feature!

Cellphone users say they want more privacy, and app makers are listening.

on techhive.com

Larry Page's First Blunder

Eric Schmidt is out at Google. Larry Page is in. I miss Eric already.

Beware -- and Cure -- Internet Distraction Disorder

Analysis: People can easily waste an entire afternoon struggling with online distractions. The problem keeps getting worse. Here's what to do.

Natural Disaster? There's an App for That!

Here's a list of mobile and Web-based resources that can help in case of emergency.

on techhive.com

It's Time to Legalize Cell Phone Jammers

Cell phone jammers are illegal in the U.S. Even federal prisons aren't allowed to block cell phone calls made by convicted felons with smuggled phones.

How to Build a Time Machine

Search the Internet for a time machine and you may end up with an empty wallet and painful injuries, if the movie Napoleon Dynamite is accurate.

Why Gadget Lights Are Dangerous

When I turn off my bedroom light at night, the room is still lit up like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.

Do Your Gadget Lights Harm Your Health?

Analysis: Those LED lights are more than annoying; evidence indicates they might be downright dangerous.

Nokia's Last Gasp

Analysis: Nokia is being killed by complexity. The company's solution? More complexity. The result? Toast.

on techhive.com

Why There's No Such Thing as an Internet Kill Switch

The Internet was built to not shut down; the events in Egypt show that it may not be possible anyway.

How Apple and Google Will Kill the Password

Imagine sitting down at a public PC, surfing the Web, visiting Facebook, checking your online bank account and buying something on Amazon.com -- all without entering passwords or credit card information.

Gadgets: Built to Not Last

That shiny new Android phone you just bought? Yeah, it's a piece of trash. No, I'm not some Google-hating Apple fanboy. The iPhone 4 is junk, too.