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!

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Containers vs. virtual machines: How to tell which is the right choice for your enterprise

Containers vs. virtual machines: How to tell which is the right choice for your enterprise

Name a tech company, any tech company, and they're investing in containers. Google, of course. IBM, yes. Microsoft, check. But, just because containers are extremely popular, doesn't mean virtual machines are out of date. They're not....

How bad a boss is Linus Torvalds?

How bad a boss is Linus Torvalds?

It depends on context. In the world of software development, he’s what passes for normal. The question is whether that situation should be allowed to continue.

Why you want a bare metal hypervisor and how to choose

Why you want a bare metal hypervisor and how to choose

There are two kinds of virtual machine managers, but for servers, data centers, and clouds there's only one that matters: Bare metal hypervisors. Here's how to choose the one that's right for you.

Review: 2 tri-band routers push wireless network speeds

Review: 2 tri-band routers push wireless network speeds

Two new tri-band Wi-Fi routers from D-Link and Linksys bring real-world half-a-gigabit speeds to your 802.11ac network.

For containers, security is problem #1

For containers, security is problem #1

It may take a disaster or two for the lessons of needing to do security right sink in. Only then will containers be ready for prime time.

Do you need a container-specific Linux distribution?

It's not enough to use containers, vendors argue that you need a specialized Linux distribution to back it.

Containers vs. virtual machines: How to tell which is the right choice for your enterprise

Containers vs. virtual machines: How to tell which is the right choice for your enterprise

Just because containers are hotter than hot doesn't mean that virtual machines aren't still a better fit for some organizations. Here’s how to know which is right for you.

How to run Linux and Chrome OS on your Chromebook

How to run Linux and Chrome OS on your Chromebook

Love your Chromebook, but want to run Linux programs too? Here’s how to run Linux and Chrome OS on your Chromebook simultaneously.

Container wars

Container wars

Docker's getting all the container headlines, but as we're going to see in 2015, there's a lot more to containers than just one company.

Getting started with power-line networking

Getting started with power-line networking

Power-line networking makes use of your electrical lines to give you a de facto wired network. It gives you the range of a wired network without any of the mess or the need to run cable behind the walls.

Apple TV 5.2: My kind of upgrade

I've been using Apple TVs (ATV) since day one and I have to say most of its operating system upgrades have been as dull as used dish-water. The Apple TV 5.2 upgrade, however, is a real sparkler. The big upgrade is that, with an ATV2...

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