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

Why Is Windows XP Still So Much Faster Than Vista?

3/25/2008
I've finally completed my project to build a performance PC with Intel's upcoming, top-of-the-line Core 2 Extreme QX9770 quad-core processor. Since I had all that speed to spare, I decided to do a dual-boot setup, installing both Windows Vista and XP. Boy, was I surprised. I'm a big Vista fan, but it's shocking to be reminded just how much faster Windows XP really is. And, as a Vista fan, this makes me a

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Clarke Never Crossed Sci-Fi Humanities Divide

3/23/2008
I'm a bit late weighing in on the death of Arthur C. Clarke, who was buried Saturday in Sri Lanka, having taken (me, not him) some much-needed time off to contemplate various things. (Hey, if there's one key element in Clarke's writings, it's long time spans where nothing much happens.) So here's my contrarian thought, amid all the laudatory obits about this sci-fi pioneer.

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Is Ripping DVDs To Your iPod Legal? (And Here's How)

3/18/2008
Over the holidays, someone I know became the happy owner an 80-GB Apple iPod Classic. However, it quickly became apparent that, while music is easy to get onto the device, movies are a problem. Most DVDs are encrypted, and resist easy conversion. But if you've paid for the thing, why shouldn't you be able to rip videos to your very own iPod?

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Digital Pennies From Analog Dollars Are Web Content Conundrum

3/13/2008
NBC chief executive Jeff Zucker put his finger on the new-media conundrum, in a speech touting the network's online success in serving up half a billion video streams last year. Good news, right? Not completely, because while old-media broadcasts command mucho bucks for commercials -- $2.7 million for a 30-second Super Bowl spot -- you can get yourself a banner ad on a hot Web site for a few thousand.

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Video: AMD To Ship Bug-Free Barcelona

3/7/2008
AMD won't be laboring under the fallout from the bug which marred the launch of its Barcelona quad-core server processor much longer. A fixed chip will ship to AMD's partners -- including Tier 1 server vendors Dell, HP, IBM, and Sun -- by the end of March. That's what Kevin Knox, AMD's VP for commercial business, told me in a highly entertaining (well, it ain't bad) video interview. Read on to view the c

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Intel Cuts Forecast On Falling Flash Prices

3/6/2008
Flash memory prices are tanking, and financial analysts everywhere are having a cow because Intel on Wednesday cut its first-quarter gross-margin forecast to 54% from 56%. Hey, is anything really new here? Flash prices periodically crater, and there's always downward pricing pressure -- these are commodity parts, remember. Yet just two days ago, these same analysts were ecstatic over Intel's new Atom process

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Betrayal Of Trust: When An Engineer Lies

3/5/2008
How would you behave if ethical push ever came to shove? That's the question which came to mind when I saw the story, "Engineer Pleads Not Guilty To Perjury." Turns out a New York City inspector approved a bunch of building renovations without really checking them out. Later, rotting support beams trapped and killed two firefighters. Now the engineer is going on trial.

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Intel's Atom Processor Won't Solve UMPC Confusion

3/3/2008
Call it Silverthorne, call it Atom, but whatever Intel calls it, the company hasn't erased the confusion caused by its desire to popularize a new category of handheld portables variously called Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) or Ultramobile PCs (UMPCs). The real question is, do consumers want these things? The answer: Mostly, only the early adopters.

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