Robert X. CringelyColumnist, InfoWorld

The pseudonymous author Robert X. Cringely® has been covering the foibles and follies of Silicon Valley since 1986, and writes InfoWorld's Notes from the Field blog. With a fedora on his head and a keyboard in his hands, he wrangles rumors, gathers gossip, and reports the stories the world's high-tech honchos don't want you to hear.

Has Steve Ballmer Gone Bonkers?

Microsoft's CEO has said wacky things, but calling Windows Phone 7 'early' to the smartphone show might be the oddest yet


The Post-PC World is Here (Shhh, Don't Tell Ballmer)

In a memo, Microsoft's Ray Ozzie depicts a world without Windows -- maybe that's why he's looking for a new job?

Online Advertisers Are Selling You Out

Data mining companies like Rapleaf exist to build profiles of Web surfers. They know more than you think--or privacy policies allow--and it's high time for this data siphoning to end.

Social Media and Politics Make Strange Bedfellows

Candidates left and right are using Twitter, Facebook, and other social media to promote their campaigns -- and proving what utter tools they are in the process

Steve Jobs vs. The World

You'd think grown men would have better things to do than squabble like rabid squirrels fighting over a Brazil nut.

This 'Sext' Has Not Been Brought to You by Apple

Apple's new patent may stop you from sending sexy texts over your iPhone, but will it really work?

Apple's 'Anti-Sexting' Patent Is a Joke

Apple's new patent may stop you from sending sexy texts over your iPhone -- but will it really work?

AOL, TechCrunch, and My 'Contempt' for Blogs

A TechCrunch blogger took me to the virtual woodshed for some unkind things I wrote about AOL's acquisition of TechCrunch last week so now I fire back.

'The Social Network': Facebook's Zuckerberg Is a Pathetic 'Winner'

Facebook's origin tale is inspiring the kind of debate usually reserved for its privacy violations -- but have we seen the real Mark Zuckerberg?

AOL Swallows TechCrunch -- but Can They Keep It Down?

What do you get when you mix a tottering giant from the InterWebs' formative years with the new breed of post-first-ask-questions-later news blogs? We're about...

Government Wiretapping: Coming Soon to a Computer Near You?

Your Internet privacy could go the way of the dodo, if the feds enact laws to snoop on Skype chats and Facebook messages

Should Facebook De-friend Mark Zuckerberg?

The social network is all over the news -- and not always in a good light. Cringe says it's time for a new hoodie in chief

Twitter 2.0 Is Aimed at Readers

Twitter's new look is aimed at people who'd rather read than tweet.

Is Google Too Smart for Us?

Google's debut of its Instant "predictive search" product last week rubbed some people the wrong way.

Craigslist Tells State AGs: Censor This!

Craigslist's decision to 'censor' its adult services ads just throws gasoline on the flames. But is this fire really necessary or a cheap political publicity stunt?