Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com


November 29, 2007  1:44 AM

Overheard: Need more electricity to power your datacenters? Make it yourself!

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
larry_page.gif “Our goal is to produce one gigawatt of renewable energy capacity that is cheaper than coal. We are optimistic this can be done in years, not decades. (One gigawatt can power a city the size of San Francisco.)

If we meet this goal, and large-scale renewable deployments are cheaper than coal, the world will have the option to meet a substantial portion of electricity needs from renewable sources and significantly reduce carbon emissions.

We expect this would be a good business for us as well.”

Larry Page, Google’s Goal: Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal

Google’s putting a new slant on the phrase utility computing.

There should be a sexy word for “monetizing your infrastructure.”  Then we can call it the _______ Revolution and compare it to the Industrial Revolution.

November 29, 2007  1:32 AM

Overheard: Google’s Larry Page is modern day Andrew Carnegie

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
martin_varsavsky.jpg But when I saw the icons I remembered a dinner with Larry Page at the Clinton Global Initiative in NYC last September when I asked him what he thought was the limits to growth of Google and much to my surprise he did not say servers, or people, but he said electricity.

It turns out that Google is by now the largest owner of computers in the world and that computers are consuming more and more of the electricity that is used in the world. Therefore Google has the largest utility bill in the planet. And Larry is concerned about this.

Martin Varsavsky, April 25 2006

I just finished a biography about Edith Roosevelt and when I heard about Google’s plan to make their own electricity yesterday, all I could think of was “How American!” It’s just like the turn of the last century with Henry Ford and Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. Need a reliable, cheap source of steel to build your railroad cars? Tired of being jerked around by market prices? Buy a steel plant and make the raw product yourself.


November 28, 2007  2:07 PM

Overheard: Common Craft video explains Google docs in plain English

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
lee_lefever.jpg The challenge with this video was to drive home the idea that email attachments are a poor way of sharing digital documents.

Lee LeFever, Video: Google Docs in Plain English

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November 27, 2007  6:01 PM

Overheard: Web 2.0 metrics

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Page IQ (interactive quotient) is the number of unique visitors who take some action on a Web site (clicking, scrolling down, entering information) divided by the total number of visitors to the site.


November 27, 2007  5:22 PM

Overheard: Microsoft in Siberia

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
NGRIP Operation Center Microsoft is discussing plans to build a data center in Irkutsk, one of the largest cities in Siberia.

Microsoft Plans Data Center in Siberia

Cheap electricity and moving the datacenter someplace cold may prove to be a good solution until we have more efficient hardware. Or maybe Siberia is just where they’re sending the Vista developers.


November 27, 2007  5:14 PM

Overheard: The network is the computer

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
eric_schmidt.jpg When the network becomes as fast as the processor, the computer hollows out and spreads across the network.

Eric Schmidt, 1993

Mr. Schmidt worked for Sun when he wrote that — now he works at Google.


November 27, 2007  4:34 PM

Overheard: The desktop is dead. Long live the cloud.

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
george_gilder.jpg The desktop is dead. Welcome to the Internet cloud, where massive facilities across the globe will store all the data you’ll ever use.

George Gilder, The Information Factories

According to the Wall Street Journal:

Google is preparing a service that would let users store on its computers essentially all of the files they might keep on their personal-computer hard drives — such as word-processing documents, digital music, video clips and images, say people familiar with the matter. The service could let users access their files via the Internet from different computers and mobile devices when they sign on with a password, and share them online with friends. It could be released as early as a few months from now.

Now you can forget to back up stuff on your gDrive too.


November 27, 2007  12:54 PM

Overheard: Mobile business model about to change

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
google.jpg Google is going to put serious pressure on the wireless communications industry to change their business models from subscription based survival to active air time marketing based on their numbers of subscribers.

Gary E. Sattler, Android: Google’s answer to open source mobile

Note to self: Need to find out more about “active air time marketing” and what the business model will look like.


November 27, 2007  3:34 AM

Overheard: OpenSocial — For those of you who are tired of throwing chickens

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
charlene_li.jpg Facebook isn’t threatened — for now. Application developers are going to go to where the heat is, and that heat is red hot at Facebook.

Charlene Li, Google OpenSocial will (hopefully) make social apps more relevant

Used to be that Facebook was a place where you poked people and threw sheep or chickens at them. Since Google opened it up, there are new applications being launched every day. Widgets, move over. It won’t be long till those social apps jump out of Facebook and land on a web site near you. Right now Facebook is the wild wild west. If you haven’t visited lately and looked around at the business groups, you’re missing out on the next revolution.


November 27, 2007  3:14 AM

Overheard: Linus Torvalds looks ahead at 2008

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
linus_torvalds.jpg One of the things I personally am really interested in is the move over to SSD (solid-state drives) disks. I’m a huge believer in reducing latency, and some of the better SSDs are changing the whole game when it comes to access latency, which in turn has potentially big impacts on the kernel — and while they are currently expensive enough to be a pretty minor player, that is certainly looking to change in 2008 and later.

Linus Torvalds, Torvalds on where Linux is headed in 2008 (article by Charles Babcock)


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