We're heading to a new era of platform lock-in that extends to vendors' Internet services.
Stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
The problem is that far too many people have forgotten User Interface 101: Make it easy.
Too many of us of a 'certain age' are facing an IT work environment that is hostile to older workers.
Intel, as in Wintel, says Windows 8 won't be ready when it ships. But since when did anyone believe Windows 8 would ever be ready to ship?
Pretty much every tech company -- Apple, Microsoft, Google and more -- wants your data and your programs under their control and running on their machines, not yours.
The Nexus 7 seems to be taking off among consumers, but the real game-changer is Android 4.1, known as Jelly Bean.
Im not talking about the hassle for IT departments when people bring in their own devices. I mean the perils to the people doing the bringing.
The fat client desktop system has ruled computing for 30 years. Could Google Chrome OS and other cloud-based, thin-client systems dominate the next 30?
I know, I know. Facebook's acquisition of Instagram hasn't even been finalized yet and I'm already calling it a complete waste of a billion dollars. How can I say that? Easy.
We all know that technologies come and go. Sometimes, technology companies do the same thing. I've long thought that VMware's days were numbered, and not because there's anything wrong with its technology.
A lot of <a href="http://blogs.computerworld.com/19592/opinion_how_apple_has_changed_enterprise_computing_forever">people love the idea of bringing their own computer, Android phone or iPad to work</a> . This trend, called <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/whitepaper/1014022/_An_Interactive_Guide_Bring_Your_Own_Device_">"bring your own device" (BYOD)</a> , is catching on in the corporate world. At some companies, workers are no longer provisioned with laptops and cellphones. They just bring their own and add them to the corporate network. CEOs and CFOs in particular seem to love this concept. As for IT departments, they're usually not thrilled that they have to support equipment they may not know a thing about and add new services to <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/350599/The_rise_of_consumer_tech">support a wide range of personal tech</a> . Nevertheless, even technology giants like <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9221289/IBM_opens_up_smartphone_tablet_support_for_its_workers">IBM, which is letting its 200,000 workers use their own tablets, iPhones or Android smartphones</a> , are embracing the concept.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski recently announced a plan that would expand the Universal Service Fund's Lifeline program to include broadband Internet service.
If you've read many of my articles over the past 20 years, you may have noticed that I don't care for Microsoft or its products. That isn't because I think open-source software or Apple products are unbeatably great. It's because Microsoft's products are usually awful.
There are more interesting Linux desktop distributions to choose from than ever before. However, if you're looking for major distros with a great deal of support, you'll want to look at the big four: Fedora, Mint, openSUSE, and Ubuntu.
For decades now, we've been fussing about operating systems. "Mac OS X is better than Windows!" "Why upgrade to Windows 7 when XP works just fine?" "You're all wrong. Linux rules." Such arguments are about to become history.