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.

Windows 'Black Screen of Death': Not So Widespread?

Analysis: The Windows "Black Screen of Death" is striking terror across the Web, but whether it's actually striking any PCs is debatable.

Can Google News Be Fixed?

Google has yet to monetize news stories, but you can bet it will eventually. And like most things Google touches, that too will start laying golden eggs.

Google and the Collapse of Western Civilization

I've come to the conclusion that the end of civilization as we know it is indeed upon us. And I blame Google.

Will Apple Force Feed You Ads Via Its OS?

It's true: Apple has filed for a patent on technology that would force you to watch advertisements, no matter how hard you tried to avoid it.

Apple's New Patent Is Patently Crazy

Analysis: Jobs & Co. have filed for a patent on tech that embeds ads into operating systems and makes you prove you've watched them.


AT&T: Ignore Verizon's Ads and Fix Your Own Woes

Analysis: Is Verizon pushing the envelope of truthiness with its holiday ads? Sure -- but AT&T should worry more about its own abysmal coverage, not the competition's commercials.


Fox News Considers Google Snub

Rupert Murdoch says he may make his sites invisible to Google and other news aggregators. Good luck with that, Sir Rupe.

Beatles Come to Apple -- No, Not that Apple

Analysis: People can't get enough of Apple's aura of cool. Apple could use a dose of humility.

Google Dashboard Gives You a Degree of Control

Google is putting all your account info on a single page, hoping to calm fears about its intentions. But not everyone is convinced.

Are You Being Scammed by Facebook Ads?

Cyberthieves are using social media to scam people, but it turns out the most egregious scammers are many "legitimate" companies.

Windows 7: The Readers Speak

Reactions to last week's screed about Windows 7 ("Will Windows 7 change our minds about Microsoft?") came in fast and furious, with readers weighing in on every...

IPod: The Device That Changed Everything

Amid all the hubbub last week surrounding Windows 7 -- not to mention Burger King's 7-layer Windows Whopper -- I totally missed a key anniversary.


Will Windows 7 Change Our Minds About Microsoft?

As operating system launches go, Windows 7 has been a pretty sweet one for Microsoft. The reviews are mostly thumbs-up, and aside from some unintentionally...


Falling Back in Love with Microsoft -- and Windows 7

Analysis: Microsoft is pulling out all the stops to market its newest OS. As Vista fades into a painful memory, the Redmond crew could be poised for a comeback.


Balloon Boy: When the Net Is Full of Hot Air

You may not have noticed, but several important things happened in the country late last week. I don't know what they were either, because I was too busy following Balloon Boy.