Stories by Tom Yager

Ahead of the Curve: Intel, AMD race gathers pace

Intel's new emphasis on low power suits me to a T. The company's present take on low power is backed with some specious marketing that pretends the CPU is the only system component that draws current. Even so, Intel earns my nod for moving its Core m...

Ahead of the Curve: Virtualization and I/O

There is one area where the DOS era's "I own the whole system" attitude persists, and it's a virtualization millstone: device drivers. You may not realize how ugly the problem and present solution are, or how simple and elegant the real solution will...

Ahead of the Curve: Optimizing for Opteron

AMD has its hands in a lot of technology areas, and I track and report on all of them. I'm a huge fan of AMD's Athlon FX and X2 client CPUs, Turion notebook CPUs, and Geode ultra-low power technology. But I know the AMD you care most about is the one...

Ahead of the Curve: Intel details Core x86 chip plans

At the recent Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel's new slogan, Leap Ahead, has shown its true meaning: The once-indomitable chipmaker wants a time machine that will let it leap ahead to 2007. After all, 2006 is shaping up to be quite an ug...

Ahead of the Curve: Intel-AMD race revs up

Intel's new emphasis on low power suits me to a T. The company's present take on low power is backed with some specious marketing that pretends the CPU is the only system component that draws current. Even so, Intel earns my nod for moving its Core m...

Ahead of the Curve: Cart a blade

I've learned that Intel is wedging notebook CPUs into places they ought not go. The Core Duo CPU, the very same one that's now in iMac, MacBook Pro and (cover your ears) Mac mini, is being branded as a Xeon and sold for blade servers. That's -- well,...

Ahead of the Curve: Apple products go wild

In early February, I received an invitation to an unveiling of some "fun new products" at Apple's headquarters. After being dropped into a herd of journalists all crushed into a cube, I asked and was assured that there was no trap door.

IDF - Ahead of the Curve: Intel details chip plans

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel's new slogan, "Leap Ahead," has shown its true meaning: The once-indomitable chipmaker wants a time machine that will let it leap ahead to 2007. After all, 2006 is shaping up to be quite an ugly ye...

Ahead of the curve: SOA at the next level

It's no secret that I'm a firm believer in virtualising everything from systems and storage to those infrastructure elements, such as LAN segments, that can be abstracted. Zero reality is my mantra.

Ahead of the Curve: OS X worms overhyped?

Apple's got a worm -- or several, as panicked news headlines of multiple OS X security flaws in the past several weeks have trumpeted. Much has been made in the press about the Mac OS X Leap.A virus and last week's discovery of a Safari metadata exp...

What virtualization is -- and what it isn't

When a computer or an operating system uses software to do anything it normally can't, the enabling technology tends to get labeled "virtualization." Well, don't believe everything you read (except here). Let's see what virtualization is and is not.

Ahead of the Curve: SOA at the next level

It's no secret that I'm a firm believer in virtualizing everything from systems and storage to those infrastructure elements, such LAN segments, that can be abstracted. Zero reality is my mantra.

Ahead of the curve: Intel's secrecy unwarranted

Intel got thumped in Japan for violating the nation's anti-monopoly statutes. The Fair Trade Commission of Japan (JFTC) found that Intel coerced system makers into limiting or eliminating AMD processors in their products. The punishment seemed light:...

Ahead of the Curve: Peerless BlackBerry handsets

Research In Motion patent hassles will cost the company a good deal of money to resolve, but writing or reading speculation about the demise of the BlackBerry or its network service is a waste of time. RIM is a company that knows how to tough it out....

IMac perfects the desktop

I have never owned a desktop computer. I own servers. I own scary desk-side systems with 64-bit AMD and IBM G5 CPUs. I have AMD Turion and Apple PowerBook G4 notebooks. In the world of computing, I consider desktop computers the muck at the bottom of...

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