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Alexander Wolfe is a former editor for InformationWeek.
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posted in August 2009

Trend Micro Rips Lid Off Estonian Cybercrime Hub

8/26/2009
An important Trend Micro paper, spotlighting a cybercriminal hub operating out of Estonia, has surfaced on Slashdot. The racket here is that a seemingly legitimate Internet Service Provider is in reality the headquarters for a rogue network, which extends into Europe and the United States. The breadth of the deception outlined in the paper is scary; doubly so because cybercrime is emerging as the single biggest security threat of the next decade.

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Paging AIM: Why Does Software Always Get Worse?

8/25/2009
Two unpleasant bouts with updated software have led me to formulate Wolfe's First Law of Programming: An upgraded, enhanced, or otherwise supposedly improved software release will always perform more poorly than the rev which it replaces. My two cases in point are AIM 6.9.15.1 -- you gotta love their configuration control -- and Time Warner Cable's latest electronic programming guide.

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AMD Revs Quad Core With Phenom II X4 965

8/20/2009
The quad-core processor battle between Intel and AMD remains the most exciting arena in PC technology, where consumers can get the latest stuff at what amounts to cut-rate prices. The newest entry is AMD's Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition. The 3.4-GHz quad-core chip, which modders are already overclocking to 3.9-GHz, goes for $245.

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Microsoft Word Ban Spotlights Software Patent Insanity

8/16/2009
I'm in the unenviable position of defending Microsoft, but dive into the United States Patent and Trademark Office's database, and see if you don't agree with me that last week's court decision banning Microsoft from selling Word is nuts. The i4i patent Microsoft supposedly infringes seems loosely applicable to Word at best, and obvious enough software-wise to make you wonder why there

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Ready For Windows 7 RTM

8/13/2009
The way I read it, Windows 7 is launching not with a bang, but a whimper. Which is a good thing. Unlike Vista, whose January 2007 debut was accompanied by Microsoft protests that it really, truly was great (even if the WDM display drivers clearly weren't), Windows 7 simply works. Anyone who has test-driven the beta gets that. Now that I'm about to install the final, release-to-manufacturing version, it's time for a quick OS recap. Click ahead for a video and some MS PowerPoints.

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First Photo Of Microsoft Retail Store Surfaces

8/9/2009
Here's the first image of one of Microsoft's planned retail stores, as tweeted by the corporate communications team at Redmond. Actually, it's a shot of the drywall in front of the store, which is presumably still under construction.

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Cisco At The Tipping Point?

8/6/2009
Cisco CEO John Chambers took a glass-half-full approach to Wednesday's earnings report, which saw fourth-quarter profits at the networking behemoth slide 46% compared to the year-earlier period. Undaunted, Chambers issued a statement saying he saw a number of positive signs this quarter and thinks the business might be at the "tipping point," which precedes a rebound.

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No More Laptops: End Of Road For Enterprise Notebooks?

8/5/2009
Here's a radical -- but eminently business-sensible -- idea for enterprises wondering why they've got to eat thousands of dollars each year per employee for PC support costs: No more laptops. Hey, if cloud and SaaS mean anything, it should be big savings by bagging the self-hosted software paradigm. How about you give your workers $500 each to buy a netbook instead, and they can support themselves? Workers tethered to an office can use a thin client, or -- perish the thought -- a desktop compute

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