Stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

Analysis: Does VMware have a real future?

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.

BYOD: Good for whom exactly?

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.

For the good of the nation, broadband for all

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.

Microsoft Finally Making Good Products -- Too Late

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.

Operating Systems Don't Matter Much Anymore

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.

After Jobs: The Enterprise?

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?

Metro on the Wrong Track for Many Windows Users

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?

The day of the password is done

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.

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