Word of the Day Archive


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.


October 15, 2007  6:19 PM

Overheard: The problem with Steve Ballmer

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
ballmer2.gif “Bill Gates is leaving Microsoft, probably because he knows nothing can be done to plug the holes in the sinking ship that is Windows. He made his mark, and it’s time to get out.

Ballmer, on the other hand, is like Al Pacino at the end of Scarface — all coked up and in a gun fight with an entire drug cartel — which is a terrible plan.”

Ryan,


October 14, 2007  4:33 PM

Overheard: SOA, 2B or not 2B an acronym?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
joe_mckendrick2.gif “Typically, it’s either a word or it’s not. No two ways about it. You don’t hear anyone talking about deploying on the U-N-I-X operating system, and no one attaches S-O-A-P headers on their Web services. GUI, of course, is Gooey. G-U-I sounds like something you could get locked up for.”

Joe McKendrick, Should “SOA” be a Word, or Stay an Acronym?


October 14, 2007  2:51 PM

Overheard: Armed robot deployments within ten years?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
james_canton.jpg “Instead of units with 2,000 soldiers and 150 robots, this equation might be turned around within a decade. Imagine a detachment of 150 humans and 2,000 robots.”

James Canton, The Extreme Future


October 14, 2007  2:16 PM

Overheard: Spammers are just direct mailers

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
daniel_terdiman.jpg “But spammers are not dumb. They’re just direct mailers. They’re going for the 1 percent that thinks “OnlineBootyCall message” actually might mean romance is in the air.”

Daniel Terdiman, The game of subconscious spam filtering


October 14, 2007  12:51 PM

Overheard: Data analysis is scary

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
rachel_hinman.jpg “Part of what makes data analysis scary is: 1) There is a lot of data and 2) It is all in disparate forms. Slogging through all that data can feel intimidating because there is simply so much stuff.I often relate this phase of analysis to the television show Clean Sweep. It’s a show about people who have a house so crammed with crap that it’s unlivable.”

Rachel Hinman, Demystifying Data Analysis


October 13, 2007  4:11 PM

Quiz: What are these people talking about?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
DIRECTIONS: These are real statements from real people discussing real technology in the blogosphere. I’ve removed one word from each quote. Can you still figure out what they’re talking about? Click on the link to see if you’re right! Then click your back button for another question.

1. ____________ adoption has been discussed for a number of years now, but the form factor hasn’t been embraced in the way it was initially expected. One of the main reasons is that they are often referred to as “hot little power-suckers.”
What are they talking about?


2. Today, I think of __________ as the zombie operating system. It stumbles around, and from a distance you might think it’s alive, but close up it’s the walking dead.
What are they talking about?
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3. The __________ industry is like women’s clothing, except it’s more fashion-driven.
What are they talking about?
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4. You know __________ have moved beyond the novelty stage when they are embroiled in that classic business action: A fight over trade secrets.
What are they talking about?
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5. Sure __________ is a big, boring enterprise software company, about as far from the furious consumer innovation of Web 2.0 as you can imagine. Yet it’s been clear to me for years that this company takes the ideas of Web 2.0 very seriously.
What are they talking about?
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6. __________ have become the unexpected buzzword of 2007; just a few weeks ago I discussed how they can be used for marketers to disseminate information. But I’m realizing that this buzz is eerily similar to the buzz that surrounded desktop applications in the late ’90s.
What are they talking about?
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7. As with any of this company’s announcements, this one comes with more than its fair share of misleading assertions and what I’ve come to refer to as __________ . It’s a modernistic form of algebra that arrives at irreproducible results that also have the unique property of having absolutely no bearing on reality.
What are they talking about?
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8. There are now almost 600 consumer products made with _____________ technology, including computer processors by Intel and AMD, high capacity hard disk drives, battery pack systems and memory. Even the iPhone uses it.
What are they talking about?
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9. But in China, ____________ key feature is its software, dubbed “Road to Riches.”
What are they talking about?
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10. Many years ago, way back in 2003 or so, a computing model called __________ was being shopped around by The Open Group. In this model, a big processing job gets split up into lots of little jobs and sent to different computers around the country. The objective? To get super-computer power without having to build or buy a super-computer.
What are they talking about?


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