Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting-edge PC operating system, 300bps was a fast Internet connection, WordStar was the state-of-the-art word processor, and we liked it!


The open office floor plan: rethinking an awful idea

Those big, wide-open offices don’t work—both for employees and the companies who think they improve collaboration among colleagues. It’s time to rethink what the office is.

Why are your IT people so miserable? Log4j2itis

Why are your IT people so miserable? Log4j2itis

The biggest security problem of your life is happening right under your nose. Even if you don't know about it, your IT admins do.

Don’t waste time reinventing the software wheel

For some reason, companies love to waste time and money reinventing programs that have already been perfected. Stop it already.

What you should do before your cloud goes down

When Amazon Web Services recently had a case of network hiccups, we all found out how miserable it is to have all our IT eggs in one cloud basket. We can do better. Here’s how.

Omicron: Here we go again

Despite the scary headlines about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, business is better prepared now to deal with the ups and downs it’s likely to bring.

Ransomware is a threat, even for the smallest of businesses

The holiday season is upon us—and so are the ransomware thieves.

Edge and Windows 11 — the return of Microsoft's IE fiasco?

Edge and Windows 11 — the return of Microsoft's IE fiasco?

Microsoft, are you really planning to repeat your biggest business blunder?

Stop looking over my shoulder!

Many businesses have taken to spying on their workers. Don’t do that. It’s a big mistake that will do more harm than good.

Thinking of upgrading your company’s tech gear? Now’s not the time.

Thanks to supply chain problems, getting new PCs, smartphones, routers, hubs, or what-have-you is harder and more expensive than ever. For now, stick with what you’ve got or consider used equipment.

The internet your company (and workforce) needs for success

Your workers need connectivity that’s both fast and redundant if they’re going to get their work done. For a lot of remote employees, that means relying on the local cable company or ISP. Is that really a good idea for business?

Finally! Adobe rolls out Photoshop and Illustrator for DaaS users

Finally! Adobe rolls out Photoshop and Illustrator for DaaS users

Desktop-as-a-Service continues to gain traction, and Adobe has finally filled the last holes in its deployment with web-based versions of Photoshop and Illustrator. It’s about time.

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