WhatIs.com Word of the Day Archive


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


October 23, 2007  1:59 PM

Overheard: Data Security Lifecycle management

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
michael-smith.jpg “The only reason dedicated certification and accreditation specialists exist is because the people who should be doing the job do not understand what the job is — we’re back to peddling voodoo again.”

Michael Smith, Data Security Lifecycle–Surprise, It’s C&A All Over Again


October 22, 2007  11:47 PM

Overheard – Larger capacity disks = green?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
hu_yoshida.gif “Last week at SNW, one of the hottest topics was “Green”. Every vendor promoted their “Green” technology, which often was nothing more than the use of larger capacity disks or tapes to replace lower capacity disks.”

Hu Yoshida, Sustainable Data Storage Services – Data Islandia

Hu Yoshida writes: While I agree that any thing that enables us to store more data capacity for less power consumption can be considered “Green” technology. However, this technology alone does not enable sustainable data storage.


October 22, 2007  10:58 PM

Overheard: SOA explained

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
dan_north.jpg “This article presents a simple, technology-agnostic approach to designing and evolving SOAs. You will not see acronyms such as WSDL, SOAP, or REST, and I promise not to use technical terms like “orchestration,” “realization,” and “governance.”’

Dan North, A Low-Tech Approach to Understanding SOA

SOA stand for “service oriented architecture.” It sounds scary, but it’s not. It’s really just one computer program talking to another — and each of the programs is called a service. Dan North does a great job explaining it.


October 22, 2007  10:36 PM

Overheard: uWink

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
tor-thorsen.jpg  “You’d think a man who was made a millionaire several times over by the Chuck E. Cheese pizza chain wouldn’t be judgmental.”

Tor Thorsen, Atari founder: Modern games ‘unadulterated trash’

Tor writes: Nolan Bushnell, the founder and onetime head of said pizzeria/video game parlor franchise and the once-mighty publisher/console-maker Atari has issued a scathing statement about the current state of games….

Despite his blanket statement, Bushnell’s most recent venture has games at its very center. Some 31 years after he sold Atari to Warner Bros.–which went on to make billions on the 2600 home console–the serial entrepreneur has founded uWink, a restaurant where each dining table is equipped with touch screens offering a host of causal and “social” games.


October 21, 2007  4:52 PM

Overheard: Cisco got me – Unified Communications viral video campaign

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/a6VIo6_0l24" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Someone at Cisco has some strange ideas when it comes to viral marketing.

Case in point: The meltdown. It’s a mini-docu-drama of a guy having a temper tantrum a hotel lobby. The video’s mission is to get you to click on an even stranger interactive psychiatrist and life coach who listens to your dreams and then tells you about how Cisco Unified Communications can solve your problems.

The strange part is not the approach — the strange part is that it seems to work. They have succeeded in getting lots of people like me to pass the darn thing around.

Reminds me of the buzz around the Rozerim Abe Lincoln ads when they first came out. Is it a groundhog or is it a beaver? What does the chessboard mean? Does Abe Lincoln symbolize depression or honesty? Does the deep sea diver have something to do with sex? Why is the beaver eating eggs?

Who cares, as long as you’re talking about us! And if you’re talking about us, Cisco Unified Communications will help!


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