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!

Email now and forever

Slack is fine for channel chats and Zoom is dandy for video, but for real business communications, you still can't beat email. That will never change.

Say hello to the Windows 365 Cloud PC

Say hello to the Windows 365 Cloud PC

It's finally here: A full Windows desktop-as-a-service is now ready to replace your Windows desktop on a PC.

To patch or not to patch: That is the question

Is it smarter to ignore a possibly buggy patch or take arms against a sea of hackers?

The real reason for Windows 11

The real reason for Windows 11

It's all about security, and it's going to be a costly upgrade — because most of us will need to buy new PCs to make it work.

Should your business upgrade to Windows 11?

If you heard about Microsoft’s big announcement of Windows 11 and are wondering whether to upgrade, I have an answer. In a word: No. In two words: Hell no.

Why worry with Windows 11 when you've got Chromebooks (and Chrome OS)?

Why worry with Windows 11 when you've got Chromebooks (and Chrome OS)?

What does Windows 11 really bring to the table? Better security (maybe) and Android compatibility, yes. But don't Chromebooks already have that covered?

How to find and keep happy workers

Finding qualified workers is harder than ever. Rather than trying to find new staffers, doesn't it make more sense to keep the ones you've got? Here's how to do it.

Work 2021: Say goodbye to yesterday's work habits

If you expect everything to return to “normal” with work soon, you really need to get up to speed.

Ransomware revisited: As attacks worsen, tried-and-true defenses falter

The vast majority of the companies being attacked by ransomware have fewer than 1,000 employees. But with proper backups and local encryption, you can hold attackers off.

To secure your remote workforce, lock down ‘your’ computers

Many employees aren't coming back to the office. That means you must make sure your business secrets are just as secure from their home office as they were at the corporate HQ.

Chrome OS expands its operating system reach

Chrome OS expands its operating system reach

Google's Chrome OS is far, far more than just a cloud-based operating system and it's only getting more so as the years go by.

5 free ways to get better business security

Tech crooks really are out to get you, but there are ways to defend your company that won't cost an arm and a leg.

Here's what you can do about ransomware

Colonial Pipeline just rubbed our noses into the fact that ransomware is a growing threat. Fortunately, there are ways to keep it from happening to you and your business.

There are two kinds of desktops: Yours and someone else's

There are two kinds of desktops: Yours and someone else's

On one side, you have corporate-controlled desktops from Microsoft, Apple, and Google. On the other, you have desktops you control: Linux.

No matter the size of your business, you must take security seriously.

The automated attackers who are out there ready and willing to get you don't care how small your business is.

Getting passwords right for you and your business

Sick of changing passwords every 90 days from one eight-character string of meaningless letters and numbers to another? There are better ways to manage your security and passwords.

Can you require your employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine?

It depends on the job, but the answer is often yes.

Will you be heading back to the office? Should you?

Many companies won't be re-opening their brick-and-mortar offices because working from home is the new way of business.

When online suites go down, we need options not on the cloud

When online suites go down, we need options not on the cloud

In the last week or so, Microsoft and Google briefly saw their online office suites go down. Before we get too reliant on the cloud for ordinary desktop work, maybe we should rethink what we're doing and consider a safety-belt...

Too many desktop eggs in one cloud basket?

Too many desktop eggs in one cloud basket?

The future of the desktop may be on the cloud, but that doesn't mean it's a great idea.

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