Alexander Wolfe

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Alexander Wolfe is a former editor for InformationWeek.
Articles by Alexander Wolfe
posted in October 2008

Why Windows 7 Doesn't Compute

I know this is nit-picky, especially when there are so many other important things to focus on -- like faster boot times and files searches that take less than a leap year. But here's what I want to know: Isn't "Windows 7" a gross misnomer as the name of Vista's successor? If we're not gonna use a year as the numerical designation in the new operating system's name, then aren't we at least up to nine or 10? (Or maybe 12?)

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Pulse Of Silicon Valley: High Hopes For Tech Amid Sagging Economy

You could call it denial, you could say some people are irrationally trying to wish the bad stock market away. But here's another side I saw this week, during a swing through Silicon Valley where I met with 10 pretty together tech companies: There's some serious -- albeit cautious -- optimism out there that now is precisely the time customers will realize they should invest in technologies which will make their businesses more efficient.

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Video: iRise Rising With 'Look Before You Code' Visualization Tool

Does writing software have to be an uncomfortable duel between the people driving the spec, who never seem to get what they want when the code comes back, and developers who lament the ambiguous instructions they've been given? Not if you can see what your app is going to look like first. That's the idea behind iRise and its business visualization software. Check out my video chat with Emmet Keeffe, CEO of iRise, who explains it all.

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Why eBay Won't Win Its War Against Amazon

What happens when an online auction site tries to get all store-like, and a non-bricks-and-mortar buying destination starts buying into bidding? Apparently, you get Amazon pumped up into a one-stop shop for everything you need, while eBay ends up tilting toward irrelevance. Let me explain.

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Video: Rob Enderle, Aviva CIO Toby Redshaw Debate Tech Future

Got half an hour to slog through an interesting video? Then the online version of my 2008 InformationWeek 500 panel, entitled "Get to the Point," is for you! Aviva CIO Toby Redshaw and noted analyst Rob Enderle debate a bunch of hot tech topics and -- get this -- they don't always agree.

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Greg Kinnear In 'Flash Of Genius,' Or How Inventors Always Get Screwed

No, it's not a movie about nothing -- it's the story of the intermittent windshield wiper! Who knew that Hollywood would bite on the very American theme of the lone inventor screwed by the big, bad corporation. In this flick, Greg Kinnear plays Robert Kearns, who invented the drizzle-defying wiper, but had to fight Ford and Chrysler for decades for credit and payment for his invention.

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The Four Phases Of Bailout Grief

How does one react to the moving target which is Congress's $700-billion bailout plan -- passed Wednesday night by the Senate, now coming before the House of Representatives? Now that the window for quick government action to ease the credit crunch is stretching out, possibly ad infinitum, computer businesses everywhere are going to have to hunker down to ride this thing out. It ain't gonna be easy.

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