Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

January 26, 2008  7:03 PM

Overheard: I’m declaring that 2008 will be the year of the thin client

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bob_odonnell.gif Either HP sells thin clients, or someone else does. Sometimes, you have to eat your own children.

IDC analyst Bob O’Donnell as quoted in HP Thinks Thin

I’m hereby declaring 2008 as the Year of the Thin Client. In 2008, laptop vendors will begin lining up ducks as we all get ready to move to the cloud.

Andy Greenberg does a really great job explaining why the time for the thin client is now.

PC manufacturers pay their bills by selling new machines year after year with ever more impressive loads of storage and memory. But as the U.S. economy sputters and companies transfer their IT needs from the desktop to virtualized data centers and to the Web, one computer giant is moving its enterprise products in a new direction: slimmer and cheaper.

The only thing I think he got wrong is when he said “one computer giant is moving its enterprise products in a new direction.” I think they all are. I also predict they’ll come up with a new name to replace “thin client.” It’s too 90’s.

January 26, 2008  4:45 PM

Overheard: What happens to your computer after you give it to charity?

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January 25, 2008  10:58 PM

Overheard: WSJ’s Walt Mossberg puts the MacBook Air in context

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Engadget has a really good in-depth review of the MacBook Air with lots of photos.

On a related note, HP is also tossing its hat in the thin client ring.  Bob O’Donnell refers to it as “eating their own children.” The man has a way with words. 😀

January 25, 2008  8:16 PM

Overheard: Explaining art in a way that every geek can understand

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paint.gif Paul Wineguy has graciously given permission for me to reprint some of his altered art. Enjoy!

Composition with Yellow, Blue, and Red
Piet Mondrian, 1921
oil on canvas

The Creation of Adam
Michelangelo, 1477-80

The Garden of Earthly Delights
Hieronymus Bosch, 1503-04
Oil on wood

The Thinker
Auguste Rodin, 1609-10
Bronze and marble sculpture

Galileo facing the Roman Inquisition
Cristiano Banti, 1857
Oil on canvas

Signboard for a Schoolmaster
Ambrosius Holbein
Pine panel

The Scream
Edvard Munch, 1893
oil, tempera and pastel on cardboard

January 25, 2008  2:40 PM

Overheard: Phish tales — proof there is no honor among thieves

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phishing.gif A recurrent group of Moroccan fraudsters calling themselves Mr-Brain has launched a website dedicated to offering easy-to-use phishing site code, email templates and other hacking tools.Mr-Brain’s intentions are to encourage as many people as possible to use their phishing kits, for all is not what it seems at first glance.

Careful inspection of the configuration script reveals deceptive code that hides the true set of electronic mail addresses that are contacted by the kit – every fraudster who uses these kits will unwittingly send a copy of each victim’s details back to the Mr-Brain group.

Paul Mutton, Mr-Brain: Stealing Phish from Fraudsters

January 25, 2008  12:56 PM

Overheard: The technology behind the NASDAQ sign at Times Square

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nasdaq.jpg The NASDAQ display is notable because it’s the largest continuous sign in Times Square. It has close to 9,000 square feet of display space — about a quarter of an acre.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a sign like this? It looks relatively sleek and simple, but there’s actually a massive amount of technology involved.

Marshall Brain, How the NASDAQ Times Square Display Works

On any large LED sign like this, it’s normal to use clusters of LEDs to make one pixel. For example, a sign might use two red LEDS, two blue LEDs and three green LEDs to make a single pixel. By changing the amount of power going to the LEDs of each color, it’s possible to mix the three primary colors together to create any color of the rainbow. Turn all the LEDs on and you get white light; turn them all off and you get black.

January 24, 2008  1:36 PM

Overheard: The secret history of Silicon Valley

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Warning: This video is quite long and runs more like an hour TV show.

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Steve Blank offers a glimpse behind the curtain, historically speaking. This recording is part of a lecture series called Google Tech Talks. It caught my interest because it had a great title and because my father was a pilot. The talk isn’t so much about business as it is about military R&D.

January 23, 2008  2:42 PM

Overheard: Virtualization causes appliance vendors real pain

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christopher_huff.jpg Virtualization is causing IPS and NAC appliance vendors some real pain in the strategic planning department. I’ve spoken to several product managers of IPS and NAC companies that are having to make some really tough bets regarding just what to do about the impact virtualization is having on their business.

Christopher Huff, How the Hypervisor is Death By a Thousand Cuts to the Network IPS/NAC Appliance Vendors

January 22, 2008  1:49 PM

Overheard: You’re getting IE7 whether you want it or not

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ie7.jpg Microsoft has warned corporate administrators that it will push a new version of Internet Explorer 7 their way February 12th, and it has posted guidelines on how to ward off the automatic update if admins want to keep the older IE6 browser on their companies’ machines.

Gregg Keizer, Microsoft warns businesses of impending autoupdate to IE7

January 22, 2008  2:39 AM

Overheard: Why marketers love virtual trade shows

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janet_meiners.gif Online marketers are fans of virtual events because it costs less and often results in more targeted leads. The virtual version of trade shows don’t usually completely replace regular trade shows but are a way to cut costs or add value. Perhaps the biggest advantage of a virtual trade show is that you can track what people at your event do.

Janet Meiners, Trade Shows Go Virtual

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