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

Apple iSlate Speculation Misses Point

12/26/2008
All the rumor mongering surrounding Apple's expected upcoming release of a humongous-screened iPod misses the point. A search of the USPTO patent database reveals that Apple isn't even the leader in Webpad patents. Hey, doesn't anyone remember the (failed) Windows-based Tablet frenzy, circa 2002? Thus, the big deal this time is that Apple will legitimize the platform, particularly for business users. Indeed, I believe mobile Webpads could edge out netbooks--and even debuzz smartphones somewhat--

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Free Software Foundation's Richard Stallman Says Don't Call It 'Open Source'

12/17/2008
GNU guru Richard Stallman sent me an e-mail the other day complaining that we erred by saying that the Free Software Foundation, of which he's president, promotes open source software. "We have never supported the idea of 'open source' because that idea denies the importance of users' freedom," he writes. Read on for the dizzying semantics behind Richard's argument, and why I think his obsessive attempts at language control are shooting his own software objectives in the foot.

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Battery Life Still Bane Of Apple iPhone User Experience

12/16/2008
I love/hate my iPhone. Enjoy the call quality, Safari browsing, iPod listening, iTunes Store applicationing, and e-mail accessing (especially the Microsoft Outlook sync). But all of that is marred by the constant suspicion -- verified by my obsessive checks of the battery indicator -- that the thing will be fully drained of juice well before my day runs out of work.

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Bailout Watch: HP Ex-CEO Carly Fiorina Says Something Smart

12/15/2008
I've never been a huge fan of ex-Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, but I sure admired her performance Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press. Discussing the sinking economy, Carly cut through the clutter -- and put Mitt Romney's won't-let-you-get-a-word-in-edgewise performance to shame -- by succinctly identifying the root of our ongoing problem: It's the unavailability of credit, stupid!

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Why So Little Buzz Surrounding Windows 7?

12/12/2008
When Microsoft does something funky -- like CEO Steve Ballmer's infamous Monkey Dance -- the press can't get enough of it. Yet when the folks in Redmond act inspired, the publicity is apparently somewhat sparser. That sure seems to be the case surrounding Windows 7. My early tests of the operating system, which will succeed Vista in about a year, indicate that it's a solid, high-performing, great-looking

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My Pizza Man Builds An Intel Core i7 PC

12/11/2008
I went down to my local pizzeria to get a couple of slices and a Diet Coke, and I ended up in a discussion with the owner about Intel's latest quad-core chips. Turns out the pizza guy is building a PC with Intel's new Core i7 processor and Asus's P6T motherboard. Hey, seems you don't have to be an overly-computer-focused engineering guy like yours truly (please don't call me a geek) to put together a hot system on your own. Who knew?

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Barry Diller Says Lay Off The Layoffs

12/9/2008
Barry Diller's my new hero. The media mogul is hammering those companies which are downsizing, even though they don't really need to, simply because now's an easy time to board the layoff bandwagon. Hey, big companies, here's a news flash for you: You're not just laying off your workers, you're canning your potential customers, too.

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Debating The GM Bailout

12/6/2008
My argument, 5 Things GM's Bailout Package Must Have, provoked strong reader reaction. Many people took issue with the idea of throwing any more money at Detroit. (Interestingly, as the prospect of bankruptcy looms larger, more folks are favoring a bridge loan; as is Congress, apparently.) Most of my readers weighed with interesting comments on the ideas I floated about tax credits, building roadside rec

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5 Things GM's Bailout Package Must Have

12/3/2008
Last month, I argued in favor of the GM bailout package, because I believe Americans should make things -- servers, cars -- that are more technologically complex than cheeseburgers. Now, with Congress apparently poised to move on some kind of financial rescue plan, it's time to decide how to rapidly reshape Detroit's Big 3 to make hybrid, electric, and fuel-cell vehicles. Here's my five-point plan.

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