Overheard: Word of the Day


December 18, 2007  11:11 PM

Video: Blockbuster SuperBowl commercial

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December 18, 2007  10:44 PM

Video: Code Monkey

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The original

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Code Mondkey starring David Kim

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Code Monkey interpretive dance

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Code Monkey Anime

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December 18, 2007  9:02 PM

Video: Andy Blitz goes to India to meet his call center rep, Sharon

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December 18, 2007  8:14 PM

Video: What is the purpose of a SAN?

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December 18, 2007  7:51 PM

Overheard: In love with a geek?

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Give this one a minute. Literally. I promise you’ll warm up to it.

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December 18, 2007  7:32 PM

Overheard: Wikis in Plain English

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December 18, 2007  7:26 PM

Overheard: Erik MacGyver in the datacenter

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cd_drawer.gif “I’d have to position the servers just right, somehow get the heights and alignment correct, and update the polling script to eject the CD ROM drive any time it didn’t respond to ping.”Jake Vinson, ITAPPMONROBOT

I love this story. I can picture it perfectly in my head. Reminds me of our old IT Bloopers series.


December 18, 2007  6:40 PM

Overheard: W3C XML Schemas lack elegance

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tim-bray.jpg W3C XML Schemas (XSD) suck. They are hard to read, hard to write, hard to understand, have interoperability problems, and are unable to describe lots of things you want to do all the time in XML.

Tim Bray, as quoted in Should you be using RELAX-NG?

Tim was co-editor of the XML 1.0 specification and created the first parser software for XML documents. Currently, he is the Director of Web Technologies for Sun Microsystems.


December 18, 2007  5:52 PM

Overheard: You know you’re a geek if you tattoo cables on your arm

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December 18, 2007  12:14 PM

Overheard: The web is one big fuzz test

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matt-cutts.jpg I can tell you that the web is a fuzz test. If you write a program to process web pages, there are few better workouts for your program than to pipe a huge number of web pages into your program.

Matt Cutts, The web is a fuzz test: patch your browser and your web server

Matt writes: One of my favorite computer science papers is a 1990 paper titled “An Empirical Study of the Reliability of UNIX Utilities”. The authors discovered that if they piped random junk into UNIX command-line programs, a remarkable number of them crashed. Why? The random input triggered bugs, some of which had probably hidden for years. Up to a third of the programs that they tried crashed.

That paper helped popularize fuzz testing, which tests programs by giving random gibberish as input. Some people call this a monkey test, as in “Pound on the keyboard like a caffeine-crazed monkey for a few minutes and see if the program crashes.”


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