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Alexander Wolfe is a former editor for InformationWeek.
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posted in November 2008

Twitter In Controversial Spotlight Amid Mumbai Attacks

11/29/2008
Never before has a crisis unleashed so much raw data -- and so little interpretation -- than what we saw as the deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, unfolded. Amid the real-time video feeds (kudos to CNN International), cell phone pictures, and tweets, we were able to keep abreast of what seemed to be happening, and where it was going down, all the while not really knowing those other key, canonical components of journalistic information gathering -- namely, who or why.

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Video: AMD 'Shanghai' Quad Core Makes Compelling Server Upgrade Argument

11/23/2008
AMD's just-launched, rearchitected Opteron -- code-named 'Shanghai' -- is the centerpiece of the company's compelling case that now's the time for businesses to upgrade their servers, notwithstanding the current economic squeeze. Check out my video with Randy Allen, senior VP of AMD's Computing Solutions Group, to hear his arguments about Shanghai's performance, virtualization abilities, and energy savings.

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Tech Outlook 2009: IT Optimism Shunts Aside Convertible-Debt Doubts

11/19/2008
If that headline doesn't grab you, I don't know what will. And it should, because, depressing as the past few weeks have been, it's hard to tell whether the economic glass is empty or half-full. On the plus side, in a new report, Swiss securities giant UBS predicts tech sales could be down as little as 6% in 2009, and a rebound could begin as early as late Q1. At the same time, the BreakingViews financial site warns that a bunc

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Debating The Auto Bailout: What If GM Were Intel?

11/18/2008
It's always dangerous to discuss politics or religion, so of course I'm going to tackle both today: the politics of a GM bailout and whether that comports with the faith we have in free-market capitalism. I say, yes, we can rescue the American automobile industry and still live with ourselves, economically speaking, in the morning.

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Laptop Lapses As Must-Have Gadget; Does Anybody Really Want One For Xmas?

11/12/2008
Here's the thought that hit me last night, checking out the tabletop gadget displays at the Consumer Electronics Show's New York press preview: Where are all the laptops? And why don't I care that there are so few? The answer is obvious -- unless you covet a new MacBook, you're not crossing your fingers in hopes of finding a shiny new notebook computer under the tree. Smartphones, netbooks, and digital SLRs, definitely. But laptops? Yawn!

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401(k)s Gutted By Risk Management Gone Wild, 'Black Swan' Guy Says

11/10/2008
The reason your 401(k)s are underwater -- melted like an ice cream cone on the sidewalk, is how the pseudonymous Stanley Bing puts it -- is because the financial analysts who were managing your nut have been trained all wrong. All those business schools have been pushing out MBAs trained erroneously (insanely!) in risk analysis, which paradoxically is really risky. Oh, now you tell us! Well, that's what Nassim

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FCC White Space Approval Raises Spectre Of Interference

11/6/2008
I'm not saying it's necessarily a bad thing (well, actually I am), but the FCC's approval of the use of "white space" broadcast spectrum for Wi-Fi is the kind of move which could only happen in an age when computers have apparently wiped out the collective technical consciousness of the entire radio and television era. Yep, I'm talking the vast potential for interference amongst the coming unlicensed services.

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Video: Box.net Eases File Sharing For Normal Folks

11/6/2008
Sometimes in our rush to embrace the latest and greatest, us early adopters forget that it's not about cutting-edginess, it's about utility. As in, can normal people accomplish tasks they couldn't otherwise do if they were working with, say, index cards? That's why Box.net is so valuable. It's a way to share massive files without having to fumble with ftp. To learn more, check out the short video I shot with Box.net's Jim Herbold.

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