Overheard: Word of the Day


October 20, 2007  6:55 PM

Overheard: DBAs and developers

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
sandy-mamoli.jpg “That we DBAs and Oracle developers frequently come across as grumpy old men (and women) who oppose change and who want the IT world to remain the same as it was in the 1980s is partly our fault. And honestly, isn’t there some truth to it?”

Sandy Mamoli (Nomad8), Bridging the gap between DBAs and developers

Sandy writes: One of the things I have learnt from the development community are agile methods which certainly aren’t the answer to all problems but which represent an honest and intelligent attempt to improve our systems by applying an empiric approach which is based on reality rather than wishful thinking about how things should be. For me those methods are worth to be looked into and to be tried in real life.

October 20, 2007  5:58 PM

Overheard: Any “Guy” can be mistaken for an IT expert

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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

Remember when the BBC interviewed “the cab driver” instead of the IT expert by mistake? Here’s the story behind this YouTube classic. (Wikipedia)


October 20, 2007  10:22 AM

Overheard: Window of opportunity – health care

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
longzheng.jpg HealthVault Search is a search engine specifically tuned to return only health-related web results through a variety of trusted and credible sources, including notably Wikipedia articles where available.”

Long Zheng Dr. Microsoft is now ready to see you


October 19, 2007  11:20 PM

Overheard: Network security is like a door…

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
johannesullrich.gif “Teaching network security for the SANS Institute, I am frequently asked, “Will our networks ever be secure and safe for all to use?” My simple answer is: No. We will never be able to achieve total network security. I tend to use real “doors” as an analogy to make my point. Doors have been built and refined for thousands of years. Nevertheless, burglaries occur daily, even though we know how to build safe, burglar-proof doors.”

Johannes Ullrich, The Disillusionment of Network Security


October 19, 2007  8:00 PM

Overheard: You have a dominant hand, dominant eye and even a dominant foot. Why not a dominant side of the brain?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Which way is this dancer spinning?

A: Clockwise (to the right)

B: Counterclockwise (to the left)

Continued »


October 19, 2007  4:24 PM

Overheard: Web 3.0? Those are fighting words, Mister!

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
john_markoff.jpg “One great way to start a fight in a crowded Silicon Valley cocktail party (and there are a lot of them these days) is to mention Web 3.0.”

John Markof, What I Meant to Say Was Semantic Web


October 19, 2007  9:59 AM

Overheard: Definition for Web 3.0

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
nova_spivack.jpg “Web 3.0, in my opinion is best defined as the third-decade of the Web (2010 – 2020), during which time several key technologies will become widely used. Chief among them will be RDF and the technologies of the emerging Semantic Web. Essentially, the Semantic Web enables the gradual transformation of the Web into a database.

Web 3.0 is an era in which we will upgrade the back-end of the Web, after a decade of focus on the front-end (Web 2.0 has mainly been about AJAX, tagging, and other front-end user-experience innovations.)”

Nova Spivack, Web 3.0 — The Best Official Definition Imaginable


October 19, 2007  9:17 AM

Overheard: Old-fashioned desktop phones

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
bill_gates.gif “Ten years from now, when people see a movie with an old desktop phone, you’ll say, ‘Oh yeah, we used to have things like that.”

Bill Gates, A Bold Yet Bland Plan For Communications Domination



October 16, 2007  5:34 PM

Overheard: Tech acquisitions psychic predictions

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
marcfleury.jpg “My money would go on IBM buying SUN at this point. But again, at the end of the day, Sun is a hardware company, despite noise to the contrary by pony-tail boy.”

Marc Fleury, To consolidate or not to consolidate


October 16, 2007  2:48 PM

Overheard: Do you really need a 4 terabyte hard drive? YES!

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
eric_gwinn.gif “The Library of Congress has 20.5 million cataloged books in its classification system. Half that collection would just about fit inside the desktop computers we’ll be able to buy four years from now.”

Eric Gwinn, Incredible shrinking hard drive

 

Eric writes: We”re all going to want higher-capacity hard drives to handle the hours of high-definition video we’ll be shooting with our HD video cameras in the next few years. We already know there’s no way to guess what other media will come into our everyday lives.

Eric is right, although I’d argue that there’s a lot of people who wanted those higher capacity hard drives YESTERDAY. Anyone who’s ever worked with video knows that the success of YouTube is fundamentally based on compression and storage. Sure, they make it easy to share videos — but the real value is being able to offload those gi-normous video files and reclaim your storage space.


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