Profile of Alexander Wolfe
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Alexander Wolfe is a former editor for InformationWeek.
Articles by Alexander Wolfe
posted in January 2009
The honest PC user must admit that Firefox is neither as good as widely proclaimed, nor is Microsoft's Internet Explorer as bad. That viewpoint, which is what my personal experience has taught me, has only been reinforced by my recent test of Internet Explorer 8. (I got the IE8 beta by downloading Windows 7, with which it was bundled.
I periodically find myself "cleaning" my iPhone -- removing old podcasts and apps, rearranging the screen icons -- in an electronic analog of how I de-gunk my wallet. (No dollar-off coupons in the iPod, though.) The only really unpleasant part of the process is dealing with stuff that everybody does but iTunes still refuses to support. Namely, ripping protected DVDs
With more households going digital, the U.S. Senate's plan to push back the mandated DTV transition date from Feb. 17 to June 12 makes less sense than ever. Hey, if we're supposed to be entering a new age of personal and national responsibility, let's bite the bullet and exercise some technological leadership here.
It's been a quadruple whammy week for the semiconductor industry, amid Intel's moves to close five factories and cut quad-core processor prices. AMD has likewise pared prices and also is facing another round of layoffs. Some may take these developments as signs of the economic apocalypse. Putting them into perspective, though, what they really show is that the chip industry always has been brutal; these days, it's simply more so.
My recent post (a rant, really) "More Than Coding Mistakes At Fault In Bad Software," lamented the lack of well-tempered development practices, particularly as regards PC software, among most programmers. Which leads directly to another can of worms -- namely, how do they do things at Microsoft?
I'm perplexed at all the huffing about the difficulties some people had installing the Windows 7 Beta. If you had patience -- or did the download over the weekend in the dead of night, when Microsoft's servers weren't overloaded -- it wasn't a problem. (I know, I really should get a life.) More interesting is that fact that the beta provides strong hints about Microsoft's release schedule for the operating system.
I'm glad the SANS Institute released its list of "top 25 most dangerous programming errors" in a bid to raise awareness about the omissions which make software vulnerable to deadly security breaches. However, security-clueless coding isn't the only thing responsible for software that sucks. Sadly, most people in the industry know what the problem is. So why doesn't anyone ever do anything
The effort to get Congress to push back the television industry's Feb. 17 cutoff to transition from analog to digital broadcasting reflects a shocking lack of nerve for a nation that's supposed to be a beacon of technological leadership. Really, can't we just get with the 21st century, already? Or should we ditch our MP3 files and bring back vinyl records, too?
The blogosphere is all aTwitter with the news, via a blog post from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, that the social-networking powerhouse has ratcheted up its user base to 150 million people. Whoa! Are those folks doing anything useful or just wasting their time?
I've been playing around with Aliph's second iteration of its über-cool Bluetooth cell phone accessory -- called the Jawbone -- since I saw it at the CES gadget preview held in advance of this week's big Las Vegas show. Here's my quick review.
I've got nothing against infrastructure projects as a way to stimulate the economy. However, it's becoming clear that one constituency's argument is being largely ignored in the rush to money-print our way out of the recession. Namely, the technology industry's. Read on for details of how a legitimate "innovation stimulus" could both drive tech spending and create jobs.