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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting-edge PC operating system, 300bps was a fast Internet connection, WordStar was the state-of-the-art word processor, and we liked it!

Taking Firefox 4 Beta 1 for a Test Drive

I'm not sure Firefox 4 is going to get Firefox back into competition with IE 8 -- much less what I see as today's leading Web browser, Google's Chrome 5.

Do the Feds Really Know Tech?

Analysis: When it comes to technology, government agencies aren't just uninformed, they're often foolish.

Will Apple and Hulu Kill Old School TV?

Between Hulu and Apple, the days of over-the-air and cable TV may be numbered.


Google Voice: It's Excellent, and It's Free

I hate the telephone, but I love Google Voice. This is why.


Why Microsoft Pretends That Bill Gates Never Left

Microsoft has a deep, dark secret: Bill Gates has almost nothing to do with the company anymore.

Dedicated E-Readers Will Be Dead in a Year, If Not Sooner

Amazon and Barnes & Noble may have started a price war, but it's pointless: Dedicated e-readers will be dead within a year.


Still running Windows XP SP2? Why?

Analysis: XP SP3 has a lot to offer, even to Mr. Linux -- consider speed, stability, and compatibility.

Microsoft Office 2010 Hits Stores. Yawn

Microsoft's latest Office suite has plenty of competition -- namely the massive amount of people using older versions of it.

Linux Tablets, Where are You?

Analysis: It's time for Linux-powered smartphones, tablets and devices to give users top-notch alternatives to Apple's offerings.


$1 Billion Fine for LimeWire, $75 Million for BP's Oil Spill — Huh?

I think we can all agree that BP's 'missteps' were just a wee bit bigger than LimeWire's. So, why is LimeWire the one getting knocked around?

How Does Apple Stay in the Spotlight? Secrecy, 'Steve Appeal'

Apple wasn't really expected to announce anything we didn't already know about at WWDC, so why is it that we can't get enough of Steve Jobs?


Wi-Fi Snafus Demonstrate Woeful Infrastructure

As Google and Apple plead, 'I'm out of bandwidth and I can't get my demo up!' at recent events, it's obvious adequate Wi-Fi/3G/4G bandwidth is sorely lacking.

7 Would-Be Facebook Replacements: How They Rate

If you want to join the Facebook diaspora, there are a bunch of would-be alternatives. But are they ready yet?

MeeGo, The New Netbook Linux, Arrives

All-in-all, I rather like MeeGo, silly name and all.


Has Asus Abandoned Netbook Linux?

Asus seems to have closed down its Linux lines, at least in the United States.