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 Alexander Wolfe

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Alexander Wolfe is a former editor for InformationWeek.
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posted in April 2009

Richard Stallman Slams SaaS

If you're known by the enemies you keep, then Software as a Service received a boost the other day when it was bashed by Richard Stallman, the free-software GNUru. Stallman is such a control freak about his particular vision of software "freedom" that he says the following about SaaS: "You must not use it!"

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Twitter Backlash Bubbles Up

I was going to weigh in with yet another opinion about whether microposts reminiscent of that 1970s ad -- "if u cn rd ths msg, u cn gt a gd jb" -- presage the post-literate future or are instead our decade's pet-rock moment. However, what's more interesting is the brewing battle over whether Twitter backlash is for real or just a made-up story attempting to throw cold water on the popular Web 2.0 time-suck.

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Podcast: AMD Loss Obscures Aggressive Chip Plans

AMD's persistent economic challenges -- it just reported a first quarter loss -- have obscured its very real technology story. The scrappy chipmaker remains on track with an aggressive Opteron server-chip roadmap, which will see its six-core Istanbul processor fielded in the next several months, and its 8- and 12-core designs coming in 2010. I talked about Operton recently with Vlad Rozanovich, who heads up AMD's enterprise sales efforts in the United States. Read on to access the podcast.

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Sun's Deep Tech Bench Is Biggest Asset For Oracle

The most interesting omission I've seen in all the nattering about Oracle's planned acquisition of Sun Microsystems is discussion of whether the technical talent at Sun will mesh better with their new masters than they would have had the acquiring party been IBM. My counterintuitive answer is, yes.

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New York Auto Show 2009 Fizzles (But I've Posted Lots Of Car Pictures)

Cash for clunkers. I couldn't help thinking about that possibly upcoming government car-purchase incentive program, as I walked the floor the other day at the press preview of the 2009 New York Auto Show. Because free money would be the only thing that could get me excited about what I saw on display at New York City's Javits Center. I can only hope that the state of the auto industry is a lagging indicator, because if it's not, well. . .

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Blackberry App World Rocks

The Blackberry's progression into a mobile platform which puts the iPhone to shame continues apace with RIM's new Blackberry App World. So now Blackberry has added the one ecosystem component it was lacking in its competition with Apple. And I have to tell you, App World rocks.

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Video: Intel's Sean Maloney Talks Nehalem, And More

In the wake of last week's Nehalem server chip launch, I sat down with Intel chief sales and marketing officer Sean Maloney for a wide-ranging discussion. Maloney gave me -- and you -- some food for thought. A recession, he says, isn't the time to halt technology spending. OK, so there's a self-serving (server?) aspect to this observation -- Intel sells processors. But that doesn't mean Maloney's incorrect in pointing out that businesses need to position themselves for the recovery.

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SGI, Once Mighty Graphics Giant, Gobbled Up For Pittance

For anyone with an historical perspective about our industry, the demise of Silicon Graphics Inc. is a scary example of the truism that great technology is no insulation from the changing vagaries of the marketplace. (Also, that iffy business decisions don't help.) Still, remembering the heyday of this one-time maker of the absolute coolest workstations on the planet, it's sad to see it acquired for a paltry $25 million.

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Web 2.0 Warning: Don't Put All Your Facebook Apps In One Basket

Here's a lesson I learned, painfully: Be careful which Web 2.0 providers you get in bed with, because the software underpinning you're relying on today to help you do the next big thing could be turned off tomorrow when the company realizes it's got to focus its efforts elsewhere, like maybe to snare some of that elusive stuff called revenue.

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