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Alexander Wolfe is a former editor for InformationWeek.
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posted in December 2007

How Dell Is (Far Too Much) Like Starbucks

12/18/2007
What can a powerhouse PC vendor and a high-priced coffee destination possibly have in common? Both have capitalized on promising beginnings and pushed them to the limit. Then each continued onward into uncharted territory, where additional growth came at the expensive of some of the stuff that made them great in the first place.

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Consumer Reports Rating Of iPhone Over Blackberry Is Out Of Sync

12/16/2007
Both in naming its winner for best cell phone service provider (Verizon) and best smartphone (Apple's iPhone), Consumer Reports' "Best & worst cell phone deals," in its January issue, is stunningly out of sync with the anecdotal evidence on the street. Most glaring is its generally tepid assessment of RIM's BlackBerrys, which should be at the top of the heap because, to apply the Apple mantra, "they just work."

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AMD's Quad-Core Barcelona Bug Revealed

12/11/2007
Two developments surrounding the bug in the Barcelona quad-core server processor indicate that AMD is headed toward a rapid resolution of the problem, with volume shipments ramping up in 1Q of 2008. First, we have the full technical details on the glitch. Second, AMD is working on a silicon fix, and samples will be available in January.

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Bug In AMD's Quad-Core Barcelona And Phenom May Be More Serious Than Previously Suspected

12/9/2007
On Friday, I thought I'd identified the translation-lookaside buffer (TLB) bug which AMD said was responsible for problems it's having with its new Barcelona and Phenom quad-core processors. Now, two readers claim that the bug is more serious than I suggested. The reason is, while there is a BIOS workaround, they claim the fix results in a big performance penalty. (There's also an operating system fix wi

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AMD Bitten By Barcelona Quad-Core Bug

12/7/2007
What AMD has here is a failure to communicate. That's the only judgment one can make, in light of the scrappy semiconductor maker's about-face Thursday regarding shipments of its Barcelona quad-core processor, launched on Sept. 10. For the past three months, AMD has downplayed reports of tight supplies and delays in ramping up manufacturing of the cutting-edge chip. Now, the company seems to be simultane

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Digg Jumps The Shark

12/5/2007
Has success gone to Digg's head? The popular community destination, which drives lots of traffic to needy news sites and blogs (like yours truly's) has decided to update its story-input interface. It's a mistake; a big mistake.

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Who's The Child Now, Or Wii (Why) Most Adults Don't Play Video Games

12/2/2007
I got the heck beat out of me a few months back, when commenters vehemently objected to my characterization of Xbox 360 gaming -- and by implication, PS2, Gameboy, and Wii as well -- as an activity appropriate mainly for children. ("If you're like me -- older than 14 -- you're curious as to what all the fuss is about," was how I put it.) Now, I've got some evidence to back up that opinion, in the form of

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