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Stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

The Internet of messy things

How much damage can a ‘smart’ toaster do? Lots, and not just burning your bread.

Written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols03 May 17 21:00

What does HP think it's doing?

Winston Churchill once said of Russia, "It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." Now, I don't deal with international politics. I just write about technology. But when I've looked at HP lately I've been left thinking of its strategy as, well, "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma."

Written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols24 April 15 04:33

Options for managing multiple mobile platforms

Fiberlink, an enterprise mobile management company that supports endpoints at companies such as Bank of America, Bayer and Volkswagen, reports that the days when you could support a single mobile platform are history.
According to its numbers, only 28 percent of companies support a single mobile operating system, while 22 percent support three and 33 percent support four or more.

Written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols18 May 11 22:00

Why Software Development Is Lagging Hardware

Your new computer has a 64-bit processor, but your software probably is still 32-bit. Why haven't software developers done more about it?

Written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols23 Feb. 09 09:32

Experts discuss intersection of cloud and virtualisation

Do two technology trends, the rise of server virtualisation and the advance of cloud computing, go together like peanut-butter and jelly, or more like tuna fish and pistachio nuts?
It depends on who you ask, but in general, virtualisation is seen as complementary to cloud computing but not a necessity.

Written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols12 Sept. 08 22:00

Developing Open-Source Business Policies That Work

We know your company uses open-source applications. We also know many of you already have an open-source policy. Sort of. As CIO.com discovered when researching the adoption of open-source in enterprise IT, a quarter of respondents have a formal policy in place to control how such software is chosen, supported and deployed. Another 18 per cent expected to adopt such a policy in the next 12 months. But those who have some kind of policy aren't necessarily thrilled with it; just 45 per cent said their policies are very effective.

Written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols14 July 08 11:04

A perfect reason to avoid a Vista upgrade

Now that Windows XP SP3 is arriving, is there really any good reason for a business to "upgrade" to Windows Vista? Ah ... I can't think of one.

Written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols06 May 08 22:00

Deciding When to Upgrade to 802.11n

You can never have enough money or a fast-enough wireless connection. We can't help with the money part, but for Wi-Fi users, <a href="http://www.cio.com/article/338914/subject/Institute+of+Electrical+and+Electronics+Engineers">IEEE</a> 802.11n-with its up to 300Mbps (megabits per second) burst speeds-is the answer.

Written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols21 April 08 21:30