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  • If you want privacy you need to run Linux

    Windows is unsafe by design, and macOS isn’t a lot better. But even Linux distros that have joined the mainstream by becoming less scary are much safer.

    01 Feb. 17 06:52 Written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
  • Follow-up: MS-DOS lives on after all

    Microsoft wants to make it clear that the last bits of MS-DOS, cmd.exe, aren’t going away.

    10 Dec. 16 06:16 Written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
  • Why scripts are better than politicians

    The day that we've all been waiting for or waiting to get beyond is now upon us. As one of the most contentious political elections ever crashes to a close, it's time to think like the techies we are. So, here are some reasons why scripts are so much better and often more reliable than politicians.

    08 Nov. 16 12:39 Written by Sandra Henry-Stocker
  • Linux turns 25

    Linux reaches the age of 25 with more than ten times that number of distributions to date. Can any of us wrap our brains around where it has gone and what it has become?

    08 July 16 23:33 Written by Sandra Henry-Stocker
  • How Windows 10 became malware

    Any software — even a premier operating system — that gets onto computers through stealth means has crossed over to the dark side.

    08 June 16 01:43 Written by Preston Gralla
  • For Linux, Supercomputers R Us

    Supercomputers are serious things, called on to do serious computing. They tend to be engaged in serious pursuits like atomic bomb simulations, climate modeling and high-level physics. Naturally, they cost serious money. At the very top of the latest <a href="http://www.top500.org/">Top500</a> supercomputer ranking is the Tianhe-2 supercomputer at China's National University of Defense Technology. It cost about $390 million to build.

    07 Aug. 15 04:51 Written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
  • El Capitan's 5 biggest improvements

    When Apple execs <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2932716/apple-ios/apple-unwraps-streaming-service-adds-intelligence-to-ios-and-os-x.html">took the stage last week</a> for the company's annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), they covered a lot of ground -- discussing changes to iOS 9, updates to watchOS, details about the company's music-streaming plans and specifics about OS X 10.11, <a href="http://www.apple.com/osx/elcapitan-preview/">better known as El Capitan</a>. All three platforms will see improvements focused on performance, privacy and refinements when they arrive later this year.

    19 June 15 20:19 Written by Michael deAgonia
  • Windows 10: Who will jump on the upgrade train?

    <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2925780/microsoft-windows/review-windows-10-insider-preview-a-nearly-finished-os.html">Windows 10 is looking pretty good.</a> No, really!

    16 June 15 08:31 Written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
  • Open Source Meets Telecom at NFV World Congress

    When Linux first became a serious challenger for enterprise-class infrastructure, traditional IT vendors had to contend and to rationalize just what exactly this open source thing was. The initial response from many vendors was to attempt to stop it, but it only grew.

    19 May 15 06:39 Written by Art Fewell
  • HoloLens: Look who's innovating

    Poor, slow-footed old Microsoft. It just can't adapt to changing times or keep up with more innovative, agile and forward-looking companies like Apple and Google. That's been the way many of us have thought of Microsoft for a long time. But it may be our thinking that's old and outdated.

    29 Jan. 15 00:55 Written by Preston Gralla
  • HoloLens: Abracadabra! Microsoft unveils a great distraction

    Oh my gosh! The world's first <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2873379/uh-oh-google-here-comes-microsofts-hololens.html">holographic computing platform</a>! Is this or is this not the best thing ever?

    29 Jan. 15 00:55 Written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
  • Microsoft will surprise in 2015

    You may have noticed that I take a rather cynical view of Microsoft. But I think I am able to recognize when it does good things. As a matter of fact, I think the company made some smart moves in 2014, and it's going to benefit from them in 2015.

    30 Dec. 14 01:48 Written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
  • At Microsoft, quality seems to be job none

    I actually had been feeling <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2845313/say-hi-to-windows-8-2-er-10.html">optimistic about Windows 10</a>. No, really. You can look it up. I mean, I didn't think Windows 10 was the greatest thing since the advent of the Internet, but it did strike me as a solid replacement for the lamentable Windows 8.

    17 Dec. 14 00:36 Written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
  • Microsoft awakes

    We may be witnessing the beginning of a turnaround for one of the mainstay companies of the IT industry: Microsoft. And by turnaround, I don't mean financially. Microsoft is a prodigious revenue and profit generator. But the company has been rudderless for years. It has essentially been reactive, not an industry leader. It's been resting on its laurels.

    08 Nov. 14 00:19 Written by Scot Finnie
  • What Windows 10 means for the enterprise

    Microsoft rolled out the widely anticipated Windows Technical Preview yesterday morning, playing to a handpicked crowd of Microsoft reporters and analysts. Although Microsoft didn't have the technical will to broadcast the event live, you can see a recording of the 40-minute presentation on YouTube.

    01 Oct. 14 23:02 Written by Woody Leonhard

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