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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.

The Cheapest Mac

Analysis: Apple has an often-overlooked gem in the Mac Mini, and here's why.


Upgrading to Windows 7 -- Why Bother?

Analysis: Here are seven reasons to skip upgrading to Windows 7.

Your Life May Depend on Open Source Software

Analysis: It's time to pay attention, because Linux may soon be tracking your medical records.

Microsoft Not Allowed to Sell Word

Analysis: Yes, it sounds crazy — but it's real, and it's anything but a joke for Microsoft.

Can We Save the Internet By Banning Windows?

If we want to prevent attacks like we saw last week, we need to encourage users to abandon Windows. Here's why.

The Plot to Kill Twitter

Analysis: How are attacks like the one suffered by Twitter happening? Today's DDoS attacks are made by Windows-powered botnets.

KDE 4.3 Has Landed

Analysis: Yesterday, I reviewed the new KDE 4.3 — today it's out for everyone to use.


Sneak Peek: KDE 4.3

Analysis: With the "so-close-to-release-you-can-almost-taste-it," KDE 4.3 is the first of the KDE 4 family that I can wholeheartedly approve of.


A First Peek at the Promise of Windows 7

Analysis: Windows 7 may have already been RTM (released to manufacturing), so let's look at what it brings to the table, and what it leaves behind.


Amazon Kindle: You Don't Own What You Buy

Think you own your e-books? Amazon reverses purchases, raising questions of user rights.

Ballmer Declares Windows 7 is Vaporware -- Huh?

Analysis: Maybe Ballmer was actually talking about Google's just announced Linux-based Chrome operating system, and Android


Why Is OpenSolaris Gathering Dust on a Shelf at Oracle?

Analysis: What does Oracle want to do with its newly purchased OpenSolaris? The answer appears to be: "Nothing."


VirtualBox 3.0: An Easy Way to Mix and Match Operating Systems

Sun's VirtualBox lets you install multiple operating systems, offering greater speed and ease of use than its competitors.

Farewell, Compuserve, R.I.P.

Analysis: A tribute to an early online service that introduced many to the Internet via 300 baud and indecipherable user names.

London Stock Exchange Drops Windows System

Analysis: System brought LSE to a standstill for almost an entire day, with more than enough blame to go around. But who really is at fault?