Overheard: Word of the Day


October 26, 2007  1:03 PM

Overheard: Bovine energy is serious alternative energy source

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Bovine energy is a hot topic in biofuel research. Don’t laugh. There are 1.5 billion cows on planet earth and each of them manufactures an average of 100 pounds of manure a day. That’s a lot of methane gas.

Before I read about bovine energy, I pictured it pretty much the way the folks at the One Laptop Per Child initiative are using it. (see photo below) Not very efficient.

But as I read more, I began to understand how serious a source of energy cows could be. With a methane digester, even a small farm can recycle the gas cows produce in their manure to produce some serious electricity. The farm in the video (middle) brings in an extra $30k a month from selling their cow-generated electricity.

Instead of asking “got milk” maybe we should be asking “got fuel?”

cow-power-olpc.jpg Cows being used to power a generator for the OneLaptopPerChild initiative.Sumner Lemon

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cow.jpg Using the cow’s digestive system to power energy cells.
Hannah Velten

October 25, 2007  3:50 PM

Overheard – Why aren’t there any Google jokes?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
me.jpg Why aren’t there any Google jokes?

– Margaret Rouse

I just finished reading Robert Scoble’s blog post about Google’s page rank being dead and bloggers needlessly obsessing about their Google page rank (PR) numbers — and it reminded me of a question I’ve been meaning to ask somebody for awhile. How come there aren’t any Google jokes?

You can do a search and come up with literally hundreds of Microsoft jokes. There are Linux jokes. There are Unix jokes. There are Cisco jokes. IBM jokes. There are even jokes about bloggers.So how come there aren’t any jokes about Google?

Is Google’s power so formidable that it’s not funny? Are we afraid that if we joke about Google we’ll be punished and sent to SEO hell? Isn’t there anything funny about Google?

Or are there lots of great Google jokes floating around out there and I’m just the last one to know?

Back to work now.

– Margaret Rouse


October 25, 2007  1:28 PM

Overheard: Digital resume – What you perceive is what you believe

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
shane_eubanks.jpg “What is a digital resume?” you might ask. Well, think of it as everything you do online that can be viewed by others. This includes MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, forums, websites where you leave comments, etc. It is how your employers, clients, and customers will perceive you, whether it’s the “real” you or not. To them, it’s the real you. Period.”

Shane Eubanks, Your Digital Resume Can Make or Break You


October 25, 2007  12:01 PM

Overheard: Verizon and AT&T

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
stephen-wildstrom.jpg “The fact is, the old Bell system that was broken up 25 years ago has reassembled itself into a duopoly that dominates the Internet backbone and both landline and wireless phone service. Verizon and AT&T are also among the largest Internet service providers. The old, overregulated AT&T was hostile to innovation, but as stodgy as it was, it saw itself as the steward of a public trust. The company’s lightly regulated successors view the world quite differently.”

Stephen Wildstrom, Get Your Hands Off the Web


October 25, 2007  11:42 AM

Overheard: What is a pre-green bill?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
jimmy_ray_purser.jpg “Get a copy of your company’s electric bill. Determine how much you actually spend per month in energy for your data center. This is considered your “pre-green” bill.”

Jimmy Ray Purser 5 Easy, Cheap Ways to Green Your Data Center

How do you actually do that?


October 24, 2007  8:15 PM

Overheard: Google’s first production server

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
googles-first-server.jpg ‘…with the hair pulled back, revealing a rack of cheap networked PCs, circa 1999.’

jurvetson’s photos, flickr

Jurvetson writes: Each level has a couple of PC boards slammed in there, partially overlapping. This approach reflects a presumption of rapid obsolescence of cheap hardware, which would not need to be repaired. Several of the PCs never worked, and the system design optimized around multiple computer failures.

Here’s another photo from the Computer History Museum.


October 24, 2007  8:02 PM

Overheard: Your first Web server

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
jeremy-zawodny.jpg It was nearly 10 years ago (mid 1996) that I first put my own web server on the Internet. Back in college, I managed to convince one of the staff to give my personal computer a static IP address so that I could run a web server.

Jeremy Zawodny, You Never Forget Your First Web Server


October 24, 2007  6:13 PM

Overheard: Marketing and media opportunities in Second Life

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
steve-weitzner.jpg “CMP has recently been listed as a “metaverse” developer—the first global multimedia company to so identify itself—and our metaverse team is actively pursuing client engagements.

Overall, we’re convinced that 3D virtual reality will gradually become a vital tool in our business. We believe that immersive Web experiences can capture the interest and participation of professional audiences as never before, and that this will lead to new opportunities for marketers and the media companies that serve them.”

Steve Weitzner, Why CMP is in Second Life


October 23, 2007  6:39 PM

Overheard: Robot vendors just don’t know their audience

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
ri-man.jpg “I have seen several articles in the foreign media, including a notable one by The Economist, state that one of the driving factors behind Japan’s research and development in the robotics field was due to the fact that elderly Japanese people would rather be taken care of by a robot than a foreigner. This is hogwash, of course.”

Ken Worsley, Japanese robots in the news again; elderly aren’t buying them


October 23, 2007  2:03 PM

Overheard: Secure code is a mandate

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
alan-paller.jpg “Colleges are not including secure coding in their core programming courses. We couldn’t talk them into it so we had to give them a clear demand.”

Alan Paller, SANS Institute


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