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December 18, 2007  11:44 PM

Overheard: The ten most entertaining tech videos of 2007

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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I am proud to present the WhatIs.com Editor’s Choice Award to our selections for the ten most entertaining tech videos of 2007. I apologize in advance if any of these aren’t new — they were new to me. Here are our selections, in no particular order.

1. Blockbuster SuperBowl commercial
Out of all last year’s commercials, this one still stands up.

2. Web 2.0
Web 2.0 explained in just under five minutes. Very clever.

3. Crash Differently
Do you live or work with a Mac fanatic? There are lots of Mac/PC parodies out there, but this one is my favorite.

4. Tech Support in the Middle Ages
Even the book was once a new technology.

5. Tech Tattoos
You know you’re a geek when your tattoos are of cables.

6. Geek Love Song
Tripod’s ode to geeks (or fans of just about anything) and those who love them.

7. Andy Blitz has a pop-up problem
This skit from Late Night with Conan O’Brien has Andy Blitz traveling to India to bring his computer to tech support. While he’s there, he sticks around to help out some people. Long, but funny.

8. Code Monkey
Jonathan Coulton’s hit song about life as a programmer. I’ve included several versions here.

9. Google Docs in Plain English
The Common Craft Show explains tech concepts in plain English in an entertaining way. Very unique approach to video tutorials.

10a. Here Comes Another Bubble
The Richter Scales echo Steve Rubel’s warning about a Web 2.0 bubble. Sung to “We didn’t light the fire.”

10b. Staying Alive in the Datacenter
This is what happens when you have too much time on your hands. Who knew geeks could dance?

December 18, 2007  11:29 PM

Video: Web 2.0 in just under five minutes

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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?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
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

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
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.


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