Overheard: Word of the Day


December 6, 2007  11:36 PM

Quiz: What is IT?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
3.gif 1. What is IT?

Hint: Sun is putting 30 of them in an abandoned Japanese coal mine.

5.gif 2. What is IT?

Hint: Five years ago, this would have taken up a whole room.

6.gif 3. What is IT?

Hint: The union declared it a success.

4.gif 4. What is IT?

Hint: It was developed in Steve’s bedroom, not in a garage.

9.gif 5. What is IT?

Hint: It used to be called the $100 laptop, but the cost went up.

8.gif 6. What is IT?

Hint: That thing in the middle is a robot. It should be painted green.

1.gif 7. What is IT?

Hint: It can’t print Christmas cards, but it CAN print Christmas presents.

2.gif 8. What is IT?

Hint: This device will put five bars in your house.

7.gif 9. What is IT?

Hint: Each dot after the Buffalo represents a new version.

10.gif 10. What is IT?

Hint: It’s in a museum now.

December 5, 2007  8:32 PM

Overheard: Imagine never having to go outside to get a good connection

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wimax-femtocell.png “If they catch on, femtocells have the potential to save carriers hundreds of millions of dollars in cell-tower costs. In effect, carriers would be shifting the burden of providing complete coverage to their customers — a nifty trick if they can pull it off.”

Bryan Gardiner, Femtocells May Help Improve Cellular Coverage — On Your Dime


December 5, 2007  4:12 PM

Overheard: Douglas Engelbart

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douglas-engelbart.jpg “The mouse we built for the show was an early prototype that had three buttons. We turned it around so the tail came out the top. We started with it going the other direction, but the cord got tangled when you moved your arm.”

Douglas Engelbart, The Click Heard Round the World


December 5, 2007  3:08 PM

Overheard: Nano bad. Cleantech good.

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howard-lovy.jpg The “nano” prefix has fallen out of favor. Names are changing again. And even Lux Research, which started out as a nanotech analyst firm, has rebranded itself with the latest trend: yes, “cleantech.” Nano bad. Cleantech good.

Howard Lovy, False claims inform consumers as they ‘talk nano’


December 4, 2007  7:50 PM

Overheard: The Top 10 Sexiest Men in IT, 2007

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

The decision to select the 10 sexiest men in IT (2007) was done under highly scientific conditions.

Dave Barry says that means “while your wife is not home.” In our case, it means “over lunch.” The comments are my daughter’s.

So here you are, the Top 10 Sexiest Men in IT, with apologies to People Magazine and Matt Damon.

Tim Berners-LeeDirector of the World Wide Web Consortium,
Senior Researcher at MIT’s Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL).

“Who knew the father of the World Wide Web was so cute?”

Read bio

Larry PageLarry Page is the co-founder of Google and is currently the President of Products
for Google Inc.

“If it wasn’t for his helicopter and all that money, he’d kind of be the boy next door.”

Read bio

Nova SpivackNova Spivack is CEO and Founder of Radar Networks and Earth Web.
Peter Drucker was his grandfather.”

Love his name. Uber-geek cute.”

Read bio

Read Nova Spivack’s gracious acceptance speech.

Gordon MooreDr. Gordon E. Moore is the retired chairman and CEO of Intel Corporation.
You probably know him for “Moore’s Law.”

“When he smiles in that interview, the whole room lights up. You have to put him on the list.”

Read bio

John ForsythVice president of strategy at Symbian.”

Doesn’t he look a little like Toby McGuire?”

Read blog

Ron MarkezichVice president of Managed Solutions at Microsoft and former CIO.

“Very preppy. Bet he’s a jock. Great smile.”

Read bio

Peter SemmelhackFounder and CEO of Bug Labs

“He looks like he could put up a shed on the weekend.
He’s got that HGTV look going for him.”

Read blog

Michael KozickiDirector of the Center for Applied Nanoionics (CANi)

“I love outdoor geeks.”

Read bio

David RisleyHe is the founder and President of PC Media, Inc.

“He looks friendly in this photo but his other pictures make him look mysterious.
Kind of like David Arquette.”

Read bio

Mark RichardsExecutive IT Architect at IBM.

“I bet this guy has a great laugh. He looks like he enjoys life.”

Read bio


December 4, 2007  6:34 AM

Overheard: Who’s been eating my bandwidth?

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p2p.gif The cynical side of me wonders whether the excessive buzz about P2P is intended to build public acceptance for tiered Internet service.

Margaret Rouse


Why should IT care about BitTorrent or The Pirate Cove? Bandwidth. Nate Anderson got slammed for dramatizing numbers in his article Nocturnal P2P transmissions account for 95 percent of Internet traffic , but there’s some serious buzz again about what to do about peer to peer.


December 4, 2007  5:54 AM

Overheard: Who jumped on the Internet bandwagon first?

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A list of the first 100 dot com domains is making the rounds. On March 15, 1985,  I turned thirty years old and Symbolics registered the first dot com domain. It’s interesting to see which IT companies were quick to jump on the bandwagon. I don’t see Microsoft in the list, but Apple is there.

SYMBOLICS.COM
BBN.COM
THINK.COM
MCC.COM
DEC.COM
NORTHROP.COM
XEROX.COM
SRI.COM
HP.COM
BELLCORE.COM
IBM.COM
SUN.COM
INTEL.COM
TI.COM
ATT.COM
GMR.COM
TEK.COM
FMC.COM
UB.COM
BELL-ATL.COM
GE.COM
GREBYN.COM
ISC.COM
NSC.COM
STARGATE.COM
BOEING.COM
ITCORP.COM
SIEMENS.COM
PYRAMID.COM
ALPHACDC.COM
BDM.COM
FLUKE.COM
INMET.COM
KESMAI.COM
MENTOR.COM
NEC.COM
RAY.COM
ROSEMOUNT.COM
VORTEX.COM
ALCOA.COM
GTE.COM
ADOBE.COM
AMD.COM
DAS.COM
DATA-IO.COM
OCTOPUS.COM
PORTAL.COM
TELTONE.COM
3COM.COM
AMDAHL.COM
CCUR.COM
CI.COM
CONVERGENT.COM
DG.COM
PEREGRINE.COM
QUAD.COM
SQ.COM
TANDY.COM
TTI.COM
UNISYS.COM
CGI.COM
CTS.COM
SPDCC.COM
APPLE.COM
NMA.COM
PRIME.COM
PHILIPS.COM
DATACUBE.COM
KAI.COM
TIC.COM
VINE.COM
NCR.COM
CISCO.COM
RDL.COM
SLB.COM
PARCPLACE.COM
UTC.COM
IDE.COM
TRW.COM
UNIPRESS.COM
DUPONT.COM
LOCKHEED.COM
ROSETTA.COM
TOAD.COM
QUICK.COM
ALLIED.COM
DSC.COM
SCO.COM
GENE.COM
KCCS.COM
SPECTRA.COM
WLK.COM
MENTAT.COM
WYSE.COM
CFG.COM
MARBLE.COM
CAYMAN.COM
ENTITY.COM
KSR.COM
NYNEXST.COM
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December 4, 2007  5:18 AM

Overheard: HTML 5 won’t throw the baby out with the bathwater

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
douglas-crockford.jpg “There are good ideas in HTML, but many of these were discarded in the XHTML effort.

My thinking is that we should take a step back and refocus. The problems with HTML will not be solved by making it bigger and more complicated. I think instead we should generalize what it does well, while excising features that are problematic.

HTML can be made into a general application delivery format without disrupting its original role as a document format.”

Douglas Crockford, Fixing HTML


The simplification of the language reduces the cost of training of web developers. It incorporates the best practices of Ajax development. It provides extensibility without complexity.


December 3, 2007  9:17 PM

Overheard: Wikipedia and Creative Commons

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/TfY9aXZC7Q0" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]


December 3, 2007  9:07 PM

Overheard: Data analysis

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steve_wadsworth.jpg “I usually pick the data that works for me and point to the rest and say, ‘it’s flawed’.”

Steven Wadsworth, president of Walt Disney Internet Group

Great quote in an article by Mark Walsh, Disney Exec: Online Revenue Could Be Double


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