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Steven J. Vaughan Nichols: Losing the 'Personal' in 'Personal Computing'

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | Sept. 11, 2012
Pretty much every tech company -- Apple, Microsoft, Google and more -- wants your data and your programs under their control and running on their machines, not yours.

It seems as if the push to lock us into a specific platform is growing stronger. I like being able to improve my computers, whether they're on my desk or in my pocket. I like being able to choose my operating systems and programs. I don't want to return to a time when I have no choice but to use whatever the big vendors put in front of me.

I loved the PC revolution. I don't want to once again have no choice but to put my trust in black boxes and services under the control of corporations that might not have my best interests at heart.



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