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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Vendors just can't stop trying to lock us all in

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | Jan. 15, 2013
We're heading to a new era of platform lock-in that extends to vendors' Internet services.

Sure, vendor lock-in is nothing new, and I've bemoaned this new trend before, citing completely different developments. But let's not forget that "PC" stands for "personal computer." If a handful of top vendors are allowed to decide what Internet services we can and can't run, the "personal" in personal computing will go away. And we will have lost something important.


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