Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com


December 26, 2007  2:08 PM

Overheard: Computing at the speed of light

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
lightening_006.jpg “Computers that operate at the speed of light have come a step closer. Researchers have devised a light-based transistor made of semiconducting nanowires that could be a key building block of machines that are hundreds of times faster than today’s supercomputers.”

Saswato Das, Speed-of-light computing comes a step closer

December 24, 2007  11:13 AM

Overheard: Why NORAD started tracking Santa back in 1955

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
santa.jpg “It was more than half a century ago, on Christmas Eve in 1955, that a Sears Roebuck & Co. store in Colorado Springs advertised a special hotline number for kids to call Santa.What the company didn’t know at the time was that they had inadvertently misprinted the telephone number.

Instead of Santa’s workshop, the phone number put kids through to NORAD…Worse, it wasn’t just any number at NORAD: it was the commander-in-chief’s operations hotline.”

Carrie Farrell, Tracking Santa, then and now

This is a great story — Carrie’s grandfather was the commander-in-chief who got the calls. To get directions for how to follow Santa this year using Google Earth, follow Carrie’s link above.


December 23, 2007  1:40 AM

Overheard: When the big box from HP arrived, it was like Christmas

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
kyle_rankin.jpg “Whenever I get to open up brand-new cutting-edge gear, it feels a little like Christmas for me. The crinkle of plastic, that crisp electronics smell, the unscratched metal–it’s a data center manager holiday. So, last December, when I started the installation of thirty-two blade servers in our new facility it was Christmas morning all over again.”

Kyle Rankin, No assembly required: How I lost two days in the data center

I’m hoping for a little box from HP this year.


December 21, 2007  4:27 PM

Overheard: December buzzword quiz

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

1. What is SimpleDB?
Answer

2. What is extrusion prevention?
Answer

3. What is hardware virtualization?
Answer

4. What is a Knol?
Answer

5. What is Brook’s Law?
Answer

6. What is the main purpose of HTML5?
Answer

7. What is frequency hopping used for?
Answer

8. What is a fuzz test?
Answer
9. What is IT?
Answer

10. What is IT?
Answer


December 21, 2007  2:11 AM

Overheard: Let’s all declare email bankruptcy and start over January 1

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
anne-zelenka.jpg Did you ever wish you could delete all your email without responding? Maybe you can. It’s called email bankruptcy. You realize you are never going to dig yourself out from under the pile of email in your inbox so you just declare that you won’t. You start afresh.

Anne Zelenka, Before You Declare Email Bankruptcy…

I got another notification this morning that my mailbox is over its limit. Geesh. One of the best Facebook wall posts I read this year was from a developer at Microsoft who said that his mailbox is so out of control that he just periodically wipes everything out and just starts again — and if I wanted directions for how to do that, to email him. 🙂


December 20, 2007  11:00 PM

Overheard: Extrusion prevention? Worst tech term of the year

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
eileen_kennedy.jpg Everyone is familiar with intrusion prevention — the security technology. But now we have extrusion prevention. Data leak prevention or outbound content filtering would better describe it.

Eileen Kennedy, 2007: These buzzwords made our eyes and ears burn

At first I thought Eileen was kidding. There couldn’t possibly be an IT word called “extrusion prevention” could there? But then I Googled it and sure enough, there’s not only tons of vendors out there pushing products for extrusion prevention — there’s also tons of stuff for extrusion detection.

How did I miss this word? And what guy made it up?  It had to be a guy. Yuck.


December 20, 2007  10:37 PM

Who’s sorry now? Yahoo

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
yahoo_india.gif Yahoo apologized after recipes from Surya Gayathri’s blog were used without permission on Yahoo India’s new Malayalam-language Web portal. The Indian blogging community quickly created a buzzstorm about the rights of individuals to protect their intellectual property.

A Yahoo spokesman said “Yahoo respects the blogging community and the etiquette followed by bloggers. We regret any inconvenience caused by the inadvertent posting of the recipe without attribution.”


December 20, 2007  10:32 PM

Overheard: This is a display that would make Clark Griswold proud

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

[kml_flashembed movie="http://youtube.com/v/szLmAPW39uE" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Our 2007 Christmas display consists of roughly 65,000 lights which are computer controlled and synchronized to music. The lights are synchronized to several songs which are broadcast to passing vehicles over a low-power FM transmitter (92.9 FM).

This year, we are again collecting canned goods for the Frisco Food Bank / Frisco Family Services Center – your donation will go a long way to helping those in need. A collection box is located next to our mailbox. No monetary donation, please.

Jeff and Bridgette Trykoski

I started out reading about the guy in Ohio, trying to figure out what kind of controller he used to synch the lights with the music and stumbled upon the Trykoski’s house in Texas.


December 20, 2007  10:26 PM

Who’s sorry now? TJX

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
carol-meyrowitz-tjx.gif In January, TJX, parent company for Marshalls and TJ Maxx announced that someone had illegally accessed one of its payment systems and successfully stolen credit data from 45 million customers .

TJX’s President and Chief Executive Officer Carol Meyrowitz apologized.

“I want our customers to know how much I personally regret any difficulties you may experience as a result of the unauthorized intrusion into our computer systems. With the help of computer security experts, we have strengthened the security of our computer systems and we believe customers should feel safe shopping in our stores. We value the trust our customers place in us and again, I’d like you to know that we sincerely apologize for any difficulties you may be caused. Thank you for continuing to shop at our stores and for your years of loyal patronage.”


December 20, 2007  10:21 PM

Who’s sorry now? Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
gordon_brown.gif Storage disks containing names, addresses, birthdates and national insurance numbers for 25 million British adults and children disappeared on route to the government’s audit agency. The disks were password protected but the information on them was not encrypted.

Prime Minister Brown said “I profoundly regret and apologize for the inconvenience and worries that have been caused to millions of families. We have a duty to do everything that we can to protect the public.”


Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: