Robert X. Cringely

Columnist

The pseudonymous author Robert X. Cringely® has been covering the foibles and follies of Silicon Valley since 1986, and writes InfoWorld's Notes from the Field blog. With a fedora on his head and a keyboard in his hands, he wrangles rumors, gathers gossip, and reports the stories the world's high-tech honchos don't want you to hear.

Upgrade or die: The second life of useless apps

Upgrade or die: The second life of useless apps

Before you download yet another app, ask yourself two questions: Do you really need it? And do you have any idea how much of a pain it will be?

No cure in sight for the sick, sluggish U.S. patent system

No cure in sight for the sick, sluggish U.S. patent system

How many dumb patents do we need to approve before we fix the broken system?

Texting kills ... in more ways than one

Texting kills ... in more ways than one

Don't text and drive -- you know that. But between the arrested development and emoji abuse, our text addiction is destroying us from the inside

Behold the good bot and more surprises from our undergrads

Behold the good bot and more surprises from our undergrads

Our society hinges on the teachings in university classrooms. Thankfully, there's good news to report

Second time's the charm? The welcome return of Aaron's Law

Congress can finally right its wrongs with the Aaron Swartz tragedy with the passing of this much needed cyber crime bill

Public shaming and Internet bullies on parade

Public shaming and Internet bullies on parade

Thanks to Twitter, Facebook, and today's media outlets, public humiliation is moving at the speed of the Internet, and there's no stopping it

How ICANN enabled legal Website extortion

How ICANN enabled legal Website extortion

The .sucks domain was all fun and games until a greedy but enterprising Web registry decided to blackmail major corporations into paying up

Privacy and security should be the least of our tech fears

Privacy and security should be the least of our tech fears

As technology takes over more and more of our lives, it threatens not only our privacy or security, but our very wiring

Washington launches a war of words on cyber security

Washington launches a war of words on cyber security

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but apparently, executive orders may thwart cyber attacks -- at least according to the government

The April Fools' survival guide: Laugh till you cry

The April Fools' survival guide: Laugh till you cry

To help you separate fact from fiction on this mendacious day, we present six news stories that should be jokes -- but are not

Tech execs, stick with what you know

Tech execs, stick with what you know

That is, data mining and invasion of privacy -- leave the drones and the moonshots to someone else

The tech cycle: Out with the old problems, in with the new

The tech cycle: Out with the old problems, in with the new

Smart refrigerators? PCs breathing viruses onto other PCs? Beware of new tech solutions in search of a problem

In cyber war, lying is its own reward

In cyber war, lying is its own reward

Even tech savants like Elon Musk could take a lesson from the Chinese government on how to cover up your bald-faced fibs and outright confabulations

Apple Watch: A Nano by another name

Apple Watch: A Nano by another name

With its patented sleight of hand, Apple turns your old MP3 player into your new, more expensive smartwatch. Get yours today!

Tech startups to Yale grads: Go to a real school

Tech startups to Yale grads: Go to a real school

Hot tech companies are scrambling for smart grads from top schools, but one Ivy League university has fallen far behind the hiring curve

In search of: A Silicon Valley scandal, juicy and ripe

In search of: A Silicon Valley scandal, juicy and ripe

Apple did what? Microsoft said that? We've heard it all before, and now's the time to turn around the snoozefest known as tech news

The end of smartphone supremacy is nigh

The end of smartphone supremacy is nigh

While the Blackphone and BlackBerry bore in Barcelona, Ford and superhero glasses offer a frisson of excitement at Mobile World Congress

The evils of Net neutrality for dummies

The evils of Net neutrality for dummies

You think you want fair and equal Internet access for everyone? Cable TV's brain trust may seek to have a word with you

The triumph of Kickstarter and synergy over solutions

The triumph of Kickstarter and synergy over solutions

Thanks to Kickstarter, anyone can be a venture capitalist. But good luck with the IPOs for your jarred farts, exploding kittens, and 'smart' jump ropes

Superfish stumper: What did Lenovo know and when did it know it?

Superfish stumper: What did Lenovo know and when did it know it?

There's only thing worse than Lenovo not knowing about Superfish: Lenovo knowing about Superfish

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