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

AMD Preps Barcelona Amid Clock-Speed Concerns

6/29/2007
It's a good news, bad news kind of day for AMD. On the plus side, the scrappy semiconductor vendor is confirming it will ship its quad-core Barcelona processors in August. However, clock speeds of the initial crop won't exceed 2.0 GHz, which is well short of what many had expected for what'll mark the debut of AMD's new "10h" architecture.

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MP3.com Founder Michael Robertson Says iPhone Will Flop

6/28/2007
"I think it's going to be a flop. It's beautiful, no doubt, but people need the tactile feedback of keys."--MP3.com, Linspire, and SIPphone founder Michael Robertson. Who the heck is Robertson to speak? For those whose memory of the first Internet bubble is hazy--of the mid-1990s, like the '60s, one can say that if you remember them, you probably weren't there--Robertson reportedly walked away with $

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How To Crash Windows Vista In 10 Seconds Or Less

6/27/2007
Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system is a mighty paradox. On the one hand, it's more robust and feature-rich than any of its predecessors. For the most part, it's also more secure and is immune to many pretty sophisticated takedown attempts. But it's got one nasty Achilles' Heel, which'll enable you to crash the OS in under 10 seconds.

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AMD's Phenom Quad-Cores Pegged For November Debut

6/25/2007
Now comes renewed word that AMD's quad-core Phenom desktop processor line is poised to hit the market in November. The news, circulating in stories out of Taipei this weekend, isn't actually anything new--AMD publicly copped to a planned 2H 2007 introduction back in May. But it is stoking industry interest in what looms as a new round in the architectural wars, between AMD's impressive "10h" design and Intel's equally strong "Core"

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Apple WWDC: iPhone Manual Leaked On Eve Of Conference

6/9/2007
The big iPhone news circulating on the Web this weekend is a leaked AT&T manual. The "iPhone Sales Training Workbook" is intended to teach cellphone-store employees how to tout the phone's features and overcome customer objections. The manual's very existence raises an interesting question: Why would they have to "sell" the phone? Reading the paeans from Apple's supporters, I would have thought it was self-evident that the iPhone would fly off stores shelves, obsoleting all communications devic

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Google Pitch For Lifting H-1B Visa Limits Heralds 'In-Sourcing' Surge

6/7/2007
Having winnowed the domestic pool of highly experienced IT and engineering talent by hounding thousands out of the business through years of layoffs and false complaints about the math-smarts of American students, big business has hit on the latest tack for controlling high-tech labor costs: In-source the jobs it was previously outsourcing, by getting the government to lift the cap on H-1B visas.

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Say Ha-Ha To Lala, iPod-Only Streaming Service

6/6/2007
I couldn't get on Lala, the new music-streaming service that's so popular one day after its launch that it's apparently down. No matter; the idea of a service which combines the worst features of the defunct mp3.com business model with a lock-in to Steve Jobs's proprietary (yep, that's the word for it) iPod platform isn't the service from which I want to be getting my dinosaur rock tunes.

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How Is Porn Like The Mainstream Press?

6/3/2007
What do purveyors of dirty pictures have in common with journalists? Answer: They're both getting screwed by the Internet. The New York Times turned up the apparent fact that the two professions are bedfellows of a sort, in its weekend story "For Pornographers, Internet's Virtues Turn To Vices."

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