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July 27, 2012  10:22 AM

Supermodels and Armageddon: This week’s best IT quotes

Ben Rubenstein Ben Rubenstein Profile: Ben Rubenstein

As we track IT news every day, we hear and read a lot of things. Some are funny, some are serious, some are just a lot of hot air. Starting this week, we’ll be sharing the choicest tidbits with you in our new IT quotes feature. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and hopefully, you’ll be a little more informed about the always-entertaining world we inhabit.

“Blades are supermodels, rack-mount servers are the girl next door. I like the girl next door.”
- Dan Brinkmann, VMware vExpert and solutions architect speaking at BriForum on Thursday. If you couldn’t tell, this event was rife with quotes; see the #BriFoum hashtag for more. See if our users agree about the virtues of rack-mount servers.

“I think that Windows 8 is kind of a catastrophe for everybody in the PC space.”
– Gabe Newell, ex-Microsoft employee and co-founder of the Valve game platform, on the prospects for Microsoft’s new operating system (set to RTM soon) in a wide-ranging interview with VentureBeat.

“At Armageddon, we’ll have 1) Twinkies, 2) Cockroaches and 3) Devices running Windows.
Brian Madden, speaking during his annual BriForum event in Chicago. What version of Windows they’ll be running, that’s another question altogether.

“As an industry we’ve been telling people, ‘Buy our stuff, you’ll be magically safe. “I’m glad we’re finally saying, ‘God you’re screwed; buy our stuff when you are breached.'”
Bruce Schneier, CTO of security firm BT Counterpane, speaking during a panel discussion at the annual Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. Check out more BlackHat 2012 coverage from SearchSecurity.com.

Hear an IT-related quote that you think should be included? Let us know in the comments, via Twitter (@ITKE) or via email (web-contactus@techtarget.com).

July 25, 2012  9:14 AM

YouTube IT video of the week: ‘Fruity Technology’

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Is your BlackBerry frozen or your Apple outdated? Check out how these men try to find ‘fruity’ solutions to those problems in this week’s YouTube IT video of the week!

 

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


July 24, 2012  12:24 PM

This week in tech history: Telstar TV

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

On July 23, 1962, communication satellite Telstar 1– created by NASA, AT&T, Bell Labs, and the French and British post offices — relayed the first trans-Atlantic television signal in history.

The first broadcast: a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs. Extra points to anyone who remembers who won that day.

(Source: Wired)

Each Tuesday, the ITKE team will take you back in time, as we take a look at the events that have changed technology history. Have a tip for us? Email mtidmarsh@techtarget.com or find us on Twitter (@ITKE).

Disclaimer: All posts presented in the “This week in tech history” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


July 23, 2012  12:57 PM

What you missed in the IT world this weekend

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Were you too busy basking in the summer rays to catch up on your IT news this weekend? Don’t worry, the ITKnowledgeExchange team has you covered with the top stories from the past few days:

1. Bad news for Kodak as the International Trade Commission (ITC) agreed with a judge’s ruling that neither RIM nor Apple violated its patent on digital image previews. The company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January, was hoping the patent would be a way to create revenue. Kodak plans to appeal the case.

2. Google’s tablet frenzy continues as the company’s online store has stopped taking orders for the 16GB Nexus tablet. People can request an email on when the 16 GB tablet will be available and Google also said it’s still accepting orders for the 8GB version as well.

3. In other Google news, the company acquired Sparrow, creator of Gmail clients for OS X and iOS, on Friday. Sparrow’s developers will now work with the Google team on developing a ‘bigger version’ of Gmail. If it leads to a more robust mobile Gmail client, it could mean interesting things ahead for the mobile devices in the enterprise.


July 18, 2012  12:09 PM

YouTube IT video of the week: “A better way to cloud computing”

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Looking for a faster path to the cloud? Check out this IT engineer’s solution in the YouTube IT video of the week!

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


July 16, 2012  2:22 PM

What you missed in the IT world this weekend

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Happy Monday! While you recover from your weekend activities, we’ll catch you up on the top three tech stories from this past weekend.

1. RIM continued its downward trend as a California jury ordered the mobile company to pay $147 million for infringing on a patent held by Mformation Technologies. RIM had better hope its appeal works, as experts wonder if the company has enough available cash after its stock fell more than 70% in the last year.

2. The FBI plans to tap George Mason University scientists to test out the law enforcement agency’s Android mobile applications to see if they’re hacker-proof. The goal is to uncover the vulnerabilities inside apps such as the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange, which gives access to criminal justice records.

3. Microsoft customers won’t be able to window-shop for Windows 8; the compnay announced it is dropping the the boxed version of the product from retail shelves. As a replacement, Microsoft has promised to make its Windows App Store live in time for the Windows 8 release in October.

Did we miss a noteworthy story? Share it with us on Twitter via @ITKE.


July 11, 2012  1:46 PM

YouTube IT video of the week: ‘Cloud Cloud Maybe’

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

In this week’s ‘YouTube IT Video of the Week’, watch and listen to this humorous take on the whole cloud craze – set to the tune of the Vanilla Ice classic, “Ice, Ice, Baby” — or in this case, “Cloud, Cloud, Maybe!”

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


July 7, 2012  6:42 PM

What you missed in the IT world this weekend

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

What happened in the IT world this past weekend? Who knows, right? Hopefully you were too busy enjoying some downtime to care! Let us help you get back up to speed to start the work week with the most interesting IT stories from the weekend:

1. A South Carolina man was arrested after stealing 726 iPods and 49 HP laptops between April-May 2012. It is reported Todd Anthony Cofield Jr. stole over $160,000 worth of goods.

2. A recent study from the University of Salford in the UK said social media is making peoples’ lives worse and lowers self-esteem. Over two-thirds of the study’s participants said they have trouble sleeping after being on social networks and half feel uncomfortable when they can’t access their Facebook or e-mail.

3. Facebook apologized for accidentally deleting a post by the British non-profit company Article 19, which was a link to a Human Rights Watch report on Syrian torture centers. Facebook thought the post was offensive but admitted it was a mistake.

 


June 26, 2012  1:53 PM

What you missed in the IT world this weekend

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Hope you had a great weekend! While you were (hopefully) basking in some summer sun, we were keeping an eye on the IT world for you. Here are the top three stories from this past weekend:

1. Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, who’s wanted for extradition to the United States after being arrested for computer piracy, reactivated his Twitter account last week to announce his new project: Megabox.

2. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week a new initiative that will expand its technology sector. Bloomberg created a partnership with the NYC Economic Development and the Department of Information Technology to further develop broadband access throughout the city.

3. Apple received a critical blow in its case against Google as a federal judge dismissed its patent case due to neither side could prove any damages against either company.

Leave your thoughts on these stories or leave us a story you came across from this weekend!


June 20, 2012  12:47 PM

YouTube IT Video of the Week: The Mactini

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Starting this week, we’ll be posting an “YouTube IT Video of the Week” every Wednesday.  Sometimes they’ll be funny, sometimes educational, sometimes…we don’t know what!

To kick things off, check out this hilarious parody about the future innovations Apple has in store for its users. Enjoy!

Check back next Wednesday for our next video adventure.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


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