Articles By Steven Vaughan-Nichols

4 tools to protect and manage multiple passwords

When the popular Web site Gawker was hacked into recently, more than a million user IDs and passwords were released. If you were one of the people compromised that's annoying -- very annoying.

Published on: January 6th, 2011 Steven Vaughan-Nichols

Microsoft kills Windows XP sales (for real this time)

Windows 7 has been around for almost a year now, but lots of people are still sticking with Windows XP. Now, Microsoft is getting ready to pull the plug on Windows XP sales.

Published on: September 13th, 2010 Steven Vaughan-Nichols

PC ‘on the skids’ as Apple gains ascendancy

On May 26, Apple's market capitalization stood at $223 billion. That took it, for the first time, higher than Microsoft, which had a market cap of $219.3 billion. Apple, not Microsoft, not Google,

Published on: June 3rd, 2010 Steven Vaughan-Nichols

Are there replacement sites for unhappy Facebook users?

Facebook claims to have more than 400 million active users. In fact, according to Web analytics firm Alexa, only Google is a more popular site. So, with all that going for it, why

Published on: May 31st, 2010 Steven Vaughan-Nichols

Why Microsoft can bully smaller firms into patent submission

Actually, I don't think we should kill all the patent lawyers. Some of my best friends are patent attorneys -- no, really. But I'd happily stick a knife into the American patent system.In

Published on: May 5th, 2010 Steven Vaughan-Nichols

Eye for an eye – Lessons learned from Microsoft’s patent debacle

It seems that Microsoft knew all along that they were going to get hit like a drum by i4i when the Canadian company won its XML patent lawsuit. Of course, that isn't what

Published on: January 7th, 2010 Steven Vaughan-Nichols

Upgrade to Windows 7! You’ll be glad you did

After recently writing about the 'joys' of upgrading from XP to Windows 7, I was mildly surprised to hear from Vista users who wanted to know if they should upgrade to Windows 7.

Published on: September 24th, 2009 Steven Vaughan-Nichols

VirtualBox a smooth and easy way to run multiple operating systems

Whether you prefer Linux, Windows, or Mac OS X, you can probably get almost everything you need done with your chosen OS. However, sometimes a task demands an OS that you are not

Published on: July 21st, 2009 Steven Vaughan-Nichols

Odious OS

I love old technology as much as the next techno-geezer, but come on, it wasn't all wonder and goodness. Let's reflect on the bad old days of operating systems as well. After all,

Published on: April 9th, 2009 Steven Vaughan-Nichols