Overheard: Word of the Day


December 14, 2007  1:00 PM

Overheard: How the US Army uses video games

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
americas-army.jpg “Gaming visualization may also unlock the key to the elusive holy grail of military simulation: designs that are accurate and accessible enough to be used for mission-planning rehearsal. Most important is the ability to rapidly import geospecific terrain.”

Michael Peck, U.S. Army embraces games — sort of

The US Army made tech news this week when it opened the Training and Doctrine Command’s (TRADOC) Project Office for Gaming. The Army got into the game business back in 2002, when it released America’s Army as a recruiting tool. The goal of TRADOC is to create an Army simulation tool kit that allows users to build and customize their own training scenarios without needing a third-party contractor to do it for them.

December 13, 2007  1:36 PM

Overheard: Hardware virtualization could make virtualization software obsolete

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
jeff_gould2.gif “Think of it: a piece of server hardware that carries its own hypervisor embedded directly in the machine’s firmware, obviating the need to buy costly ESX or fool around with not-quite-fully-mature Xen.”

Jeff Gould, Can new server hardware make virtualization software obsolete?

A couple of years ago, the message was “Why buy fourteen servers when you can use virtualization software and run everything on just one server?”

America listened. They bought just one server. And VMware became the hot stock to watch.

Now hardware vendors like Hitachi are hopping on the virtualization bandwagon — “WE can give you virtualization too,” they say. “We’ll embed hypervisors in our shiny new blade servers and let you get rid of that extra layer of software.” (Actually, that was me speaking, not Hitachi.)

So now the software and hardware vendors are fighting over which way offers the best performance. Hypervisor in the software or hypervisor in the firmware? Duke ‘em out boys. We’ll be the winners no matter which way it goes.


December 12, 2007  4:25 AM

Overheard: Ask.com will trade you privacy for a cookie

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
ask.gif “Now for the funny part. AskEraser will remain on until you click the AskEraser button again to turn it off, no matter how many times you visit the web site. How does the search engine remember your preferences? By placing a cookie on your computer that lasts for two years.”

Brad Linder, Ask.com launches anonymizer tool

Ask.com is set to differentiate itself from the other major search engines by offering AskEraser, an anonymizer that lets the user decide whether or not the engine is allowed to keep records of the user’s queries. Mark O’Neill was quick to point out that Ask.com has an advertising deal with Google and that AskEraser is not quite as private as it seems.


December 11, 2007  7:31 PM

Overheard: FCoE vs. iSCI — the final battle

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
fibre-channel-labeled.jpg “Fibre Channel is to iSCSI what Beta is to BlueRay.

FCoE is Fibre Channel’s only hope of survival as iSCSI continues to take market share. There may not be any share left to take by the time the Fibre Channel guys get done re-inventing TCP/IP and FCoE finally hits the market.”

John Spiers, The Beginning of a New Era in Storage


December 11, 2007  12:22 AM

Overheard: Social network IPOs

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
classmates.gif “The IPO market is pretty shaky right now, but that’s not stopping Classmates.com from trying to capitalize on the social networking mania. Is the stock a buy? We’re not billionaire investors here, but we’d rather buy a $12 hot dog.”

Betsy Schiffman, Classmates.com IPO: What Are These People Thinking?


December 10, 2007  8:32 PM

Overheard: Secret dress code for programmers

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
alan_cox.gif “Holy crap. Alan Cox and Richard Stallman must have been long lost brothers.”

Justin Etheredge, The Programmer Dress Code

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One of the things I like best about posting in this blog is getting to see what people look like. Justin Etheredge gives a sweet, respectful poke at programmers who seem to have their own secret dress code. I doubt any of them would have ended up on my daughter’s list of the Ten Sexiest Men in IT, but then again — competence is sexy any way you look at it.


December 10, 2007  12:02 AM

Overheard: I need to take this call — it’s from my parking meter

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
duncan-meter.gif “Imagine your parking meter being able to send you a warning that it is about to expire – or being able to add time to your parking meter from wherever you are just by calling your cell phone. And wouldn’t it be so much more convenient if you could just slide your credit card through the meter instead of searching for the right coins and inserting them?”

Duncon Solutions, Excuse Me, My Parking Meter Is Calling

Donald F. Duncan Sr. (1892 – 1971) was an interesting guy. In addition to being the parking meter king, he was the co-patent holder for the four-wheel hydraulic automobile brake. He was also the genius behind the ice cream truck, the Good Humor bar (ice cream on a stick), the popularization of the yo-yo and the concept marketers call “premium incentive” — asking customers to collect proof of purchase (box tops) and redeem them for prizes.


December 9, 2007  9:24 PM

Overheard: Sharepoint disaster recovery

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
todd-klindt.jpg There are many disasters that can befall a SharePoint environment. Servers can burst into flames or the CEO can delete a folder full of important documents from his Blackberry.

Todd Klindt, Free Disaster Recovery options for SharePoint 


December 9, 2007  2:59 PM

Overheard: Attention – this is your captain speaking. You may now log on.

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
henry-harteveldt.gif “I think 2008 is the year when we will finally start to see in-flight Internet access become available. In a few years time, if you get on a flight that doesn’t have Internet access, it will be like walking into a hotel room that doesn’t have TV.”

Henry Harteveldt, as quoted in the article Web Access and E-Mail on Flights

Finally! Yee-ha!


December 9, 2007  2:25 PM

Overheard: ‘Twas the day before Christmas and all through the datacenter

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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It was the last work day before Christmas and I put this one together in my lunch hour. My boys were having PJ day at school and I wore mine also.” Etherpimp

This is what happens when you have too much time on your hands. Gotta admit, the guy’s got the moves!


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