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

Halo 3 Record Launch Seen Through Gamers' Eyes

9/27/2007
Unless you're living under a virtual rock, you know that Microsoft's new Halo 3 game for Xbox 360 is smashing all previous sales records, pulling in $170 million on its first day. But if you're like me -- older than 14 -- you're curious as to what all the fuss is about, but have no interest in buying the thing. OK, then let's go to the videotape... .

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Google: A Virtual Video Headquarters Tour

9/25/2007
Segways, exercise rooms, video arcade games, a gourmet cafeteria. Did you die, or perhaps move to some Western European welfare state? No, you're just an average "Googly" person, who's got the smarts -- and, apparently, the youth -- to work for the search-engine giant. See all this stuff and more on the quick video tour I've put together.

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5 Cool Google Tools You Should Know About

9/23/2007
Google is so vast that it's hard to keep up. But it's not just search, or even the new Web-based apps, which is extending the tentacles of the search-engine giant into territory beyond the reach of Microsoft. Here are 5 lesser-known but nevertheless interesting Google tools, code snippets, and professional tech training materials.

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7 Reasons Why Linux Won't Succeed On The Desktop

9/18/2007
The open-source operating system is destined to stay stuck in the shadow of Windows, blogger Alex Wolfe opines. Read why he believes desktop Linux hasn't--and isn't--going to have any significant impact, then join the debate by posting your opinion in the discussion section at the article's end.

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My Big Fat Quad-Core Video And Podcast Show

9/15/2007
Interested in the latest quad-core processor news from Intel and AMD, but too tired to read about it? Then kick back and listen to two podcasts with heavy hitters from the respective semiconductor powerhouses, and watch a short (non-blurry) video where I opine on whether you really need four cores on your desktop.

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AMD Launches Long-Awaited Quad-Core Barcelona

9/10/2007
The long wait for AMD's first quad-core processor is over, with the introduction today of Barcelona. Amid the over-the-top press coverage, the important question to ask is: How does this chip perform in comparison to Intel's quad Xeons?

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Blog: Microsoft Patents Uncrackable DRM

9/10/2007
The Microsoft patent takes concepts from spread-spectrum technology--used by the military for secure radio communications--and adapted them to the task of embedding the content producer's name within MP3 and .WAV files.

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Better Than iPhone: 8 Mobile Handsets That Outclass Apple

9/2/2007
There are many phones far more functional, and -- hard to believe, I know -- cooler than Apple's iPhone. The biggest contenders come out of Windows Mobile partner HTC in Taiwan, though many of its offerings aren't available in the United States. There's also an uber-cool handset waiting in the wings. (Can you guess from whom?) Check out my list, and the pictures which prove my point, and see if you don't agree that these eight handsets are better than the iPhone.

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Who Needs A Quad-Core PC?

9/1/2007
It's always interesting how projects never turn out quite the way you expect them to. When I began putting together a PC with Intel's latest top-of-the-line quad-core processor, the Core 2 Extreme QX6850, I expected there'd be a simple story line: The machine would be fast, the system would be great, end of story.

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