Profile of Alexander Wolfe
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Alexander Wolfe is a former editor for InformationWeek.
Articles by Alexander Wolfe
posted in December 2007
Unsubstantiated reports out of Taiwan claim that AMD's recent quad-core bug troubles have caused to Intel push back the launch of the first 45-nm versions of its desktop Core 2 Quad processors. Only problem is, Intel says it ain't so.
What can a powerhouse PC vendor and a high-priced coffee destination possibly have in common? Both have capitalized on promising beginnings and pushed them to the limit. Then each continued onward into uncharted territory, where additional growth came at the expensive of some of the stuff that made them great in the first place.
Both in naming its winner for best cell phone service provider (Verizon) and best smartphone (Apple's iPhone), Consumer Reports' "Best & worst cell phone deals," in its January issue, is stunningly out of sync with the anecdotal evidence on the street. Most glaring is its generally tepid assessment of RIM's BlackBerrys, which should be at the top of the heap because, to apply the Apple mantra, "they just work."
The litigious environment surrounding alleged copyright violation has spun completely out of control. The latest from the RIAA is that you're a criminal if you rip your own CDs. Porn producers are suing YouTube knockoffs for illegally posting their copyrighted, X-rated content. And now, clips from Le
Two developments surrounding the bug in the Barcelona quad-core server processor indicate that AMD is headed toward a rapid resolution of the problem, with volume shipments ramping up in 1Q of 2008. First, we have the full technical details on the glitch. Second, AMD is working on a silicon fix, and samples will be available in January.
On Friday, I thought I'd identified the translation-lookaside buffer (TLB) bug which AMD said was responsible for problems it's having with its new Barcelona and Phenom quad-core processors. Now, two readers claim that the bug is more serious than I suggested. The reason is, while there is a BIOS workaround, they claim the fix results in a big performance penalty. (There's also an operating system fix wi
How did you get your news 27 years ago, on Dec. 8, 1980, the date John Lennon was gunned down in New York City?
What AMD has here is a failure to communicate. That's the only judgment one can make, in light of the scrappy semiconductor maker's about-face Thursday regarding shipments of its Barcelona quad-core processor, launched on Sept. 10. For the past three months, AMD has downplayed reports of tight supplies and delays in ramping up manufacturing of the cutting-edge chip. Now, the company seems to be simultane
Has success gone to Digg's head? The popular community destination, which drives lots of traffic to needy news sites and blogs (like yours truly's) has decided to update its story-input interface. It's a mistake; a big mistake.
My recent post, "Top 5 Things Microsoft Must Fix In Windows Vista In 2008" prompted a slew of comments, consistent with the zeitgeist that the almost-year-old operating system continues to gain adherents on the consumer side, even if it's still spottily deployed in the corporate arena. Still, I have to say I was surprised by how many readers agreed with my main point, which is that Vista's performance ai
The latest addition to Intel's Core 2 Extreme processor family will hit the streets in the first quarter of next year, in the form of the ultra-fast QX9770.
I got the heck beat out of me a few months back, when commenters vehemently objected to my characterization of Xbox 360 gaming -- and by implication, PS2, Gameboy, and Wii as well -- as an activity appropriate mainly for children. ("If you're like me -- older than 14 -- you're curious as to what all the fuss is about," was how I put it.) Now, I've got some evidence to back up that opinion, in the form of