We're finding out all sorts of things about <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9220601/Steve_Jobs_1955_2011">Steve Jobs</a> now that he's left us. For example, <a href="http://blogs.computerworld.com/19142/apples_steve_jobs_im_going_to_destroy_android">he wanted to crush Android</a> because it was "stealing" from him. That's funny, considering that one of Jobs' pet phrases was "Good artists copy; great artists steal." He knew what he was talking about, since much of Apple's early success can be ascribed to his "theft" of the mouse and GUI from Xerox. We've also learned that his next big idea was to transform the living room with <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/242413/apple_tv_set_was_jobs_last_tech_frontier.html">Apple TV sets</a> . That's all well and good, but Jobs is gone now. What should Apple do next?
Stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
You know me. I'm a Linux guy. Still, I think Windows has gone from being a bad joke of a desktop operating system (Windows ME) to being a reasonable choice (Windows 7). Its course hasn't been steady, though: After the <a href="http://blogs.computerworld.com/i_want_my_xp_sp3">still popular XP SP3</a> , <a href="http://blogs.computerworld.com/windows_7_beta_is_already_better_than_vista">we got Vista</a> . And now we have Windows 8. What the heck is Steve Ballmer thinking?
OK, we all know that people want to bring their consumer technology into the office. In particular, though, people really want to use tablets in the workplace.
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. Not that it's a big deal that someone could log into a gossip site under your name. But many of those people used those same IDs and passwords on other sites that are a wee bit more important, such as LinkedIn. Now, that's a problem.
Would you like to do your Web browsing while keeping a constant eye on what your Facebook friends are doing? If so, then RockMelt is for you.
Where is the iPad's competition?
Apple has long had a history of being arrogant. But, more often than not, they've been able to back it up by the quality of their products.
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 are so many users unhappy, with one poll showing that more than half of Facebook users are thinking about leaving?
The core idea behind HTML 5, the latest proposed version of the Web's foundation markup language, is to make all resources, not just text and links, widely and uniformly usable across all platforms. Well, that was the theory. In practice, things aren't going to change that much from today's Web, with its reliance on proprietary media formats and methods.
Some Linux users insist that anything you can do on Windows, you can do better on Linux. While there's some truth to that, many of us have Windows applications that make completely leaving Windows close to impossible. That's where CodeWeavers' latest version of CrossOver Linux comes in.
We all use Google. Well, maybe not Bill Gates, but that's about it. Now, Google is hoping to become an even bigger part of our everyday lives.
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 currently using. That's where virtualization programs like Sun Microsystem's VirtualBox 3.0 come in.
At last. At long last, there's a real challenger to the Windows desktop, and its name is Google Chrome OS.
There was a time when Firefox was the Web browser for the cool kids who knew their tech. Most would still agree that it's better than Internet Explorer, but that's damning it with faint praise. Over the last year or so, Firefox has become better known in tech savvy circles for its relatively poor performance and mediocre memory management. Chrome's insane speed and Internet Explorer 8's overall improvement have also dinged Firefox's reputation. But now, Firefox 3.5 is almost ready to go. Does it have what it takes?
If you're looking for a practical business desktop replacement for Windows, your best choice is Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11: a true Windows replacement.