Profile of Alexander Wolfe
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Alexander Wolfe is a former editor for InformationWeek.
Articles by Alexander Wolfe
posted in August 2008
We are all Internet Americans now. OK, Barack Obama actually didn't say that in his nomination-acceptance speech Thursday night. But he could have, because the great thing about this campaign is that you don't have to watch TV or consume the news when it's pushed down to you by big media. You can learn about the candidates when you want, how you want (for example, Obama's speech can be viewed here). All the more reason that it's incumbent upon y
It's amazing how one ignores important stuff until it gets personal. But following my 80-year-old mom's cardiac scare over the weekend, now I'm surfing over to HP and Intel to learn about their major efforts to connect world-class computing to health care, and I'm a new-found advocate for getting every American's medical records into electronic form, so doctors know your history no matter where you run into trouble. So here's what happened with my mom.
I've always been highly skeptical of Intel's attempt to carve out a new market niche for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). The big question for me: What are these things? They're too big to be smartphones but too small to live like full-function laptops. However, after yesterday's big launch (re-re-launch, if you ask me) of Intel's Atom processor, I'm becoming convinced that MIDs may have a future.
If you're like me, you're of two minds about Facebook. On the one hand, you enjoy dipping in to add "friends" you might not know all that well, upload pictures few will see, and post status updates ("getting ready for the weekend, yo") the world is waiting for with baited breath. At the same time, I can't help but wonder, where the heck is this timewaster in search of a business purpose headed?
Everybody's all atwitter about Intel's branding move, which will see its new Nehalem -- that's the code name --- desktop processors hit the market with a "Core i7" identifier. Can you keep this naming stuff straight? I certainly can't. Nope, what's important isn't the branding -- it's the technology inside Intel's upcoming, 45-nm processor family. Here's the deal.
Sitting in my cramped, the flight-attendants-are-only-rude and there's no free food besides, American Airlines flight back from LA on Friday, it struck me that turning 10 nowadays -- and Happy Birthday, son; we'll have cake tomorrow -- doesn't involve the same kind of technological coming of age I experienced nearly 20 (OK, 40) years ago. Nope; you young'un's today have gained MySpace, but have lost something intangible in the process. Like, maybe, the thrill of living amid fascinating times, in
Props to Ars Technica for posting Steve Jobs's MobileMe mea culpa. (Hey, blogging = pointing + attitude + the occasional brilliant original post.) So here's my take: However bad Apple's MobileMe mess was -- and it was a disaster -- Apple at its worst is still far better than most companies at their b
Paging Scott McNealy: Here's an update to your famous aphorism. It's not about the network anymore. (Well, OK, it is, but don't let facts get in the way of a good blog post.) The new, Web 2.0 truth is this: The smartphone is the computer. Apple put its foot in the door with its iPhone App Store, and now Verizon and all the cell phone operating system makers are joining in the mad rush to make a converged device (formerly called a smartphone) which will soon edge out the laptop.
You could call Kaspersky Lab the biggest PC security vendor you're not quite sure you've heard of. I took my video camera along for a sit-down with Kaspersky; the folks there told me about the new flagship products launching Monday -- Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 and Anti-Virus 2009 -- as well as how they rose to No. 3 in the market, after Symantec and Trend Micro.