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February 11, 2008  3:19 PM

Overheard: This week’s episode of All My Acquisitions

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The board was also presented with various options for maintaining Yahoo’s independence, including an advertising partnership with Google that could improve Yahoo’s bottom line…

Lawyers at the meeting discussed the antitrust implications of a tie-up with Google, as it would extend that company’s dominance of the search advertising market. They also discussed how to press Microsoft to increase its bid…

Andrew Ross Sorkin and Miguel Helft, Yahoo Board to Reject Takeover Bid From Microsoft

THIS WEEK: Yahoo must chose between two suitors: the one who’s asked her to marry him (Microsoft), and the one who’s promised her fabulous wealth if she remains single (Google). Google’s offer is tempting, but Yahoo is fearful that being Google’s mistress will land her in jail. Can she convince Microsoft to change their pre-nup? Or will AOL convince Yahoo that neither of the big boys is worthy of her? Stay tuned.

February 11, 2008  1:56 PM

Overheard: XML is firmly grounded in Web 1.0 publishing

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elliot_rusty_harold.jpg The crystal ball might be a little hazy, but the outline of XML’s future is becoming clear. The exact time line is a tad uncertain, but where XML is going isn’t. XML’s future lies with the Web, and more specifically with Web publishing…But XML is still firmly grounded in Web 1.0 publishing, and that’s still very important.

Elliotte Rusty Harold The future of XML

In 2008 we will still see a lot of shouting and hollering over which XML vocabulary to use for office documents, and not a few polemics on both sides. I suspect Microsoft will lose its efforts to have OOXML declared an ISO standard in February, but I’m not certain of that. Either way, the writing on the wall is clear. Microsoft Office will continue to lose market share to OpenOffice, iWork, and other competitors.

If the authoring tool will be a traditional office program such as Word or OpenOffice Writer, what will be on the server to hold this? And how will you move the content from the client to the server? This is where two of the most significant 1.0 releases from 2007 come into play: the Atom Publishing Protocol (APP) and XQuery.

February 11, 2008  1:47 PM

Overheard: Why page views are important for lead generation

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A better gauge of a Web entity’s user profile would be to look at the composition of PVs, because heavy users will drive PVs and tend to counteract the diluting impact on the core target that a UV metric can have. In December 2007, for example, Media Metrix reported that 62% of Unique Visitors to aarp.org were age 50+ (eligibility for AARP kicking in at age 50); but 77% of their Page Views were accounted for by persons 50+, and 79% of their total minutes.

But there is another important reason to think in terms of pages when assessing a web entity’s audience make-up. Ads are distributed across pages, not UVs. The more pages one consumes, the more ads one is exposed to, and the more likely that consumer is to see your ad. If an advertiser runs a campaign on a site, the audience profile of the exposures to that campaign will tend to mirror the profile of the Page Views, not the Unique Visitors. In the AARP example above, then, let’s restate thusly: 62% of the aarp.com unique audience is comprised of persons 50+, but these persons see almost 80% of the ads.

Josh Chasin, Where The Buys Are: Ads Live On Pages

Something else I want to remember that Tris Hussey wrote: Don’t look at a link away from your blog/web site as asking people to leave, think of it as building a larger network of people who will link to you.

February 11, 2008  1:35 PM

Overheard:Blade servers good for disaster recovery plans

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anne_skamarock.gif Since blade servers are densely packed, the companies offering blade chassis solutions have put a great deal of time and effort into creating highly efficient power distribution systems and cooling capabilities within the chassis. On average, a blade chassis uses 30% less power than the same number of 1U or 2U servers. Each watt saved in power equals a watt of cooling saved.

Anne Skamarock, Blade servers well-suited for disaster recovery plans

February 11, 2008  12:03 AM


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Perl is an open source cross-platform programming language licensed under its Artistic License, or the GNU General Public License (GPL).

February 6, 2008  10:06 PM

Overheard: Fusion energy and magnetic field lines

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space.png New discoveries about magnetic field lines and the first-ever direct observation of their reconnection in space are offering hope that scientists will learn how to unlock fusion power as an energy source in the future.

Jeremy Hsu, Space magnetism may solve secrets of fusion energy

February 6, 2008  7:38 PM

Overheard: Drupal is like a giant bin of free Lego blocks for building a Web site

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jeff_robbins.jpg If you are unfamiliar with Drupal, just imagine it as a giant bin of free Lego-style building blocks for creating any type of web site. Its modular system and underlying application framework can allow rapid deployment of incredibly feature-rich sites. All you need to do is imagine what you want to build and start putting together the pieces.

Jeff Robbins, How Drupal will save the world

February 6, 2008  2:53 PM

Overheard: Drupal runs on any OS that supports PHP

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drupal.gif The operating system is at such a low level in the stack that Drupal does not care much about it. Drupal runs successfully on any operating system that supports PHP.

John VanDyk and Matt Westgate, What Is Drupal?

Drupal can be used to build an Internet portal; a personal, departmental, or corporate web site; an e-commerce site; a resource directory; an online newspaper; an image gallery; and an intranet, to mention only a few. It can even be used to teach a distance-learning course.

Drupal originated as a bulletin board system developed by Dries Buytaert in the Netherlands, and became an Open Source project in 2001. When establishing his original Drop.org Website, Buytaert wanted to call the site “dorp” (“village” in Dutch), but made a typo when checking the domain name, and decided the altered form sounded better (Drupal is a transliteration of the Dutch “druppel” which means droplet).

February 6, 2008  2:25 PM

Overheard: SPICE is multi-million dollar industry

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spice1.gif Let me begin this talk with an explanation for those in the audience that think that SPICE is a cable TV channel that offers shows of women in various states of undress. The SPICE I am talking about is about twenty years older and certainly nowhere near as exciting.

Larry Nagel, The Life of Spice

Larry Nagel created SPICE.

When people ask me why SPICE became so widely used, or what did I do to make SPICE
so widely used, the honest answer is “I don’t know.” But I can speculate. The biggest
reason, directly attributable to Don Pederson, is that SPICE was developed at a public
university and was public domain from the beginning. Because it was developed primarily
as a teaching tool to provide students insight into integrated circuit performance,
SPICE was rapidly embraced by many engineering colleges throughout the world. When
students entered the integrated circuit industry they would write to Berkeley to obtain a
copy of SPICE to use on their job. And so the copies of SPICE proliferated and the usage
of SPICE grew. It’s a several hundred million dollar industry now, depending on how you count it.

February 6, 2008  1:14 PM

Overheard: How atomic clocks work

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first_atomic_clock.jpg Without atomic clocks, GPS navigation would be impossible, the Internet would not synchronize, and the position of the planets would not be known with enough accuracy for space probes and landers to be launched and monitored.

Douglas Dwyer, How Atomic Clocks Work

The big difference between a standard clock in your home and an atomic clock is that the oscillation in an atomic clock is between the nucleus of an atom and the surrounding electrons.

Photo: National Bureau of Standards Director Dr. Edward Condon and Dr. Harold Lyons with the first atomic clock.

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