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

Intel Explains 45-nm Chip Fabrication Technology

8/19/2007
Understanding chip-fabrication technology is like getting the facts on that other thing you became curious about when you were 12. Most people don't have anyone who really sits them down and explains it; they just kind of pick it up. Well, I can help you with the chip-making stuff. Listen to my podcast with Intel Senior Fellow Mark Bohr, who has been leading the development of the industry's first 45-nm processors, which will appear later this year when the quad-core Penryn ships.

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Skype Dials Up Crisis Management Skills To Soothe Subscribers Over Outage

8/16/2007
It's very Web 2.0, the way VoIP powerhouse Skype is attempting to sooth its subscribers over a software glitch, which has left users unable to make calls. Like an old-style corporate behemoth, Skype is in full damage control. The modern twist, though, is that it's being proactive and only slightly defensive as it aggressively reaches out via e-mail and online forums to quell customer concerns.

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Groklaw's Pamela Jones On The SCO Decision

8/12/2007
By now, everyone knows that the upcoming SCO vs. Novell trial is mostly moot, because Judge Dale Kimball has ruled that Novell owns the Unix copyrights. While the decision marks a welcome end to the three-year-long legal saga, it spotlights the wimpy nature of pundits and many in the computer industry, who cowered on the sidelines, fearful of recommending or adopting Linux while the litigation proceeded, lest

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Novell CEO Speaks Truth To Linux

8/10/2007
It's been a good news, bad news kind of week for Linux. On the one hand, some supporters remain deluded that the open-source operating system has a legit chance of taking on Vista. At the same time, Novell CEO Ron Hovespian took a hard look at the Linux landscape and came to a conclusion not too different from my recent rant about their being way too many distros. (OK, he didn't say precisely that.)

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And The 45-nm Winner Isn't . . . Intel

8/7/2007
If you've been following the quad-core wars, you know that Intel has repeatedly beaten AMD over the head with the news that it (Intel) will be first to market with 45-nm processors. What you didn't know is that both Intel and AMD have been beaten to the 45-nm punch by two companies, one of which you probably wouldn't suspect (the other one is an easy guess).

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Where To Find A Quad-Core Bargain (And Which Intel Processor Is Selling For More Than List)

8/5/2007
Here's a strange, but understandable, example of free-market capitalism at work in the market for hot chips. Intel instituted deep price cuts on many of its processors on July 22, the better to stoke demand and squeeze AMD. However, Intel's top-of-the-line Core 2 Extreme QX6850 is now so popular that it's actually selling for a price well above the company's list. At the same time, one big quad-core bargain

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DRM Scorecard: Hackers Batting 1000, Industry Zero

8/1/2007
Forget the moral questions: Whether the millions of kids who load up their iPods from LimeWire are thieves, or whether there's something incongruous about Sheryl Crow, a millionaire many times over, railing against piracy. When you look at the technology, there's no getting around the fact that DRM is an abject failure. I put together a scorecard, which shows that every single significant attempt at consumer-music DRM has been cracked. Here it is:

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