Profile of Alexander Wolfe
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Alexander Wolfe is a former editor for InformationWeek.
Articles by Alexander Wolfe
posted in July 2007
A tabloid tempest in a teapot may be brewing, following an item in Page Six of The New York Post, which is shocked (shocked!) to discover New York Times tech columnist David Pogue praising Apple's iPhone within the pages of the Old Gray Lady while writing a book on the side about how to use the device.
Promising quad-core processors soon and an aggressive technology road map aimed squarely at beating back Intel, AMD chairman Hector Ruiz yesterday positioning himself as the calm at the center of his company's recent financial storm, which saw $600 million in second-quarter losses. But AMD's commitment to ship Barcelona and Phenom this year, coupled with an aggressive processor road map, could put the scrappy
Let's admit that most of us are interested in quad-core processors because they're buzzworthy, and because we'd all like to own a really hot desktop PC. The truth is, where quad is really important is in servers, and that's why today's announcement by Intel of its Xeon 7300 Series MP processor (aka Tigerton) is so significant.
I've beaten up on Linux in a couple of recent posts, arguing that there are too many distros and that it's a myth that Linux is technically superior to Windows. From the 300+ responses I received, a new thread emerges: Linux supporters seem more interested in preaching to the converted than in doing the hard work
With Intel's Core 2 Quad family here, and AMD's Phenom desktop quad-core chips coming later this year, here's a handy guide to processor choices and specs, as well as hints on where to find bargains.
Can you tell a book by its cover? In a post-literate society, the wrapper's beside the point. Indeed, if the prerelease Web leak of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" proved anything, it's that a little bit of content is king (or wizard). Whether most people actually read complete books anymore is a separate question.
Remember the 1980s worries about how the "forking" of Unix could hurt that operating system's chances for adoption? That was nothing compared to the mess we've got today with Linux, where upwards of 300 distributions vie for the attention of computer users seeking an alternative to Windows.
It's not often you see something about Mark Cuban where you're inspired to read more, but that was the case today when I saw this just-posted IEEE Spectrum interview with the maverick Mavericks owner.
Intel's announcement that it's going to release a new high-end quad core processor and cut pricing of its existing line up puts competitor AMD in a tough position.
The news that Intel will launch its fastest quad-core processor yet, the 3.0-GHz Core 2 Extreme QX6850, comes just as a bruising price war is beginning between the chip behemoth and its smaller rival, AMD.
Intel has sent a message to its 130,000+ resellers and white-box builders, informing them that it will cut the prices of its still-new, quad-core processors next week. From all appearances, the move is the chip giant's way of returning fire in a price war initiated by AMD.
Most of us, even confirmed Windows users, have accepted on some level the idea that Linux really is a better operating system, on a technical level. Not me; not anymore. After my long slog preparing Ubuntu Linux's Achilles' Heel: It's Tough To Install On Laptops, I'm now filing that one in the "urban legend" folder.
It's tough to challenge conventional wisdom, especially when that challenge raises doubts about the wildly popular version of Linux called Ubuntu. But doubts are exactly what I had after finishing my Ubuntu "safari", in which I worked through numerous glitches to get laptop and desktop installs up and running.
The wildly popular Linux distro isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially if you try to install it on a laptop, our reviewer Alex Wolfe finds. Come along on his Ubuntu safari, as he hacks his way through bug-fraught installation attempts.
My recent blog post, How To Crash Windows Vista In 10 Seconds Or Less, provoked a firestorm of responses, mostly from people calling me an idiot for daring to suggest that the operating system shouldn't tank if you persist in holding down the Windows key and the letter "E." That sequence will open up Windows Explo
"Recieved" was the giveaway; one of the few spelling rules I've retained is "I before e, except after c." So when I my e-mail read, "You have recieved A Hallmark E-Card," I was immediately suspicious. The random capitalization made me wary, too.
Maybe you can't get ahold of an iPhone, because 700,000 customers got in line ahead of you. Or perhaps you don't want one, put off by the hefty price tag and lack of a hard keyboard. Still, you're curious, right? So join me in viewing the following collection of videos, which reveal not only the detailed innards of the iPhone, but also--yes, it's a Conan O'Brien parody--how the iPhone can double-duty as an electric shaver with a Web interface.
Independence Day typically revolves around fireworks, beaches, and picnics, with a little patriotism thrown in for good measure. It strikes me that nothing affirms the truth about the freedoms we enjoy more than the realization that the vast majority of technological innovations we enjoy--from radio and television to computers and the Internet--came to us by way of talented Americans, people who weren't always recognized in their own time for the heroes they were. So let's honor them this July F
It's shaping up as a good news, bad news kind of week for Steve Jobs. On the plus side, he's launched the most popular modestly featured smartphone ever. (I can't say I was surprised that the iPhone we were ogling at my office today feels heavier than my trusty BlackBerry.) In contrast, it couldn't have come as good news that the world's biggest record company, which has been selling its songs through the only online music store that matters, finally told Jobs to take the metaphorical gun away f