Profile of Alexander Wolfe
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Alexander Wolfe is a former editor for InformationWeek.
Articles by Alexander Wolfe
posted in September 2007
You bought the iPhone, you paid for it, but now Apple is telling you how you have to use it, and if you don't do things the way they say, they're going to lock it. Turn it into a useless "brick." Is this any way to treat a customer? Apparently, it's the Steve Jobs way. But some iPhone users are mad as heck, and they're not going to take it anymore.
I'm a music guy, and enjoy listening to tunes on my PC. So when the high-definition audio all of a sudden stopped working on my Vista machine, it was a big problem. Unfortunately, my investigation found that my issue was just o
Unless you're living under a virtual rock, you know that Microsoft's new Halo 3 game for Xbox 360 is smashing all previous sales records, pulling in $170 million on its first day. But if you're like me -- older than 14 -- you're curious as to what all the fuss is about, but have no interest in buying the thing. OK, then let's go to the videotape... .
My article 7 Reasons Why Linux Won't Succeed On The Desktop jump-started anew the debate over why the open-source operating system hasn't made significant inroads on the client side into Windows' user base. The real reason, it seems, is something much more basic than confusion about Linux distros, annoying fanboys turning off potential adoptees, or Post a Comment
Segways, exercise rooms, video arcade games, a gourmet cafeteria. Did you die, or perhaps move to some Western European welfare state? No, you're just an average "Googly" person, who's got the smarts -- and, apparently, the youth -- to work for the search-engine giant. See all this stuff and more on the quick video tour I've put together.
Google is so vast that it's hard to keep up. But it's not just search, or even the new Web-based apps, which is extending the tentacles of the search-engine giant into territory beyond the reach of Microsoft. Here are 5 lesser-known but nevertheless interesting Google tools, code snippets, and professional tech training materials.
With all that's going on, GPUs might soon become more important than regular multicore processors.
There's another item to add to my list of 7 Reasons Why Linux Won't Succeed On The Desktop. An Australian doctor who spent his spare time working on the kernel says desktop performance is suffering because Linus Torvalds and company are only concerned about enterprise users. He got so ticked off he quit Linux in a huff, and made some pointed comments about Linus.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini touched all the obvious buttons in his keynote at the chipmaker's Developer Forum in San Francisco, emphasizing the rush toward more cores and smaller (read: 45-nm and 32-nm) process technology. However, a deeper analysis of the news out of IDF indicates that there's one trend no one is talking about.
What's in a supercomputer? Twenty years ago, the fastest machines in the world were specialty architectures designed by quirky geniuses like Seymour Cray. Today, the field's name has changed -- it's called HPC, for high-performance computing -- but it's still where the action is. That was definitely the deal Monday at the Hi
The open-source operating system is destined to stay stuck in the shadow of Windows, blogger Alex Wolfe opines. Read why he believes desktop Linux hasn't--and isn't--going to have any significant impact, then join the debate by posting your opinion in the discussion section at the article's end.
The new iPods may look kind of squat and funny -- a site that's sprung up to cover them is called FattyNano -- but the music emanating from Apple's latest commercial was so captivating, I had to find out who the singer was.
Interested in the latest quad-core processor news from Intel and AMD, but too tired to read about it? Then kick back and listen to two podcasts with heavy hitters from the respective semiconductor powerhouses, and watch a short (non-blurry) video where I opine on whether you really need four cores on your desktop.
If small is still the new big, then the biggest book of the moment is "Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes" by Mark Penn, CEO of public-relations powerhouse Burson-Marsteller. Penn divines the future from the niche-ification
The hidden story surrounding AMD's launch of Barcelona are the chips' incredibly low prices. I can't believe you can get a 1.7-GHz, quad-core server processor for $209! I'm already seeing downward pricing pressure on Intel's competing quad Xeons, and it's looking like we're going to have a major price war on our hands.
Microsoft may have just succeeded in giving the lie to claims by anti-DRM advocates that tech and record companies should forget about digital-rights management because they can never come up with something that's totally immune to cracking.
The long wait for AMD's first quad-core processor is over, with the introduction today of Barcelona. Amid the over-the-top press coverage, the important question to ask is: How does this chip perform in comparison to Intel's quad Xeons?
The Microsoft patent takes concepts from spread-spectrum technology--used by the military for secure radio communications--and adapted them to the task of embedding the content producer's name within MP3 and .WAV files.
Unless you're living under a quad-core rock, you know that Monday, Sept. 10, marks the big day when AMD will formally announce Barcelona. Don't want to wait? Then listen to my 15-minute discussion with Randy Allen, VP of AMD's server and workstation division, who'll give you the scoop on the processor.
The big press event touting the official release of its first quad-core processor won't take place until next Monday. But that doesn't mean AMD's long-waited Barcelona server chips are locked up in the company's Dresden fabs.
I feel like a recovering Dr. Phil guest: My admission that my "build a quad-core PC project" didn't go off without a hitch has resonated with readers who've inundated me with stories about hard-to-fit motherboards, missing drivers, and other tales of woe.
There are many phones far more functional, and -- hard to believe, I know -- cooler than Apple's iPhone. The biggest contenders come out of Windows Mobile partner HTC in Taiwan, though many of its offerings aren't available in the United States. There's also an uber-cool handset waiting in the wings. (Can you guess from whom?) Check out my list, and the pictures which prove my point, and see if you don't agree that these eight handsets are better than the iPhone.
Blogger Alex Wolfe opines that the following phones have it over Apple's inescapable mobile offering.
It's always interesting how projects never turn out quite the way you expect them to. When I began putting together a PC with Intel's latest top-of-the-line quad-core processor, the Core 2 Extreme QX6850, I expected there'd be a simple story line: The machine would be fast, the system would be great, end of story.