Overheard: Word of the Day


April 12, 2012  11:44 AM

Overheard talking about Node.js and JavaScript on the server

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“Node is a server-side JavaScript interpreter that changes the notion of how a server should work. Its goal is to enable a programmer to build highly-scalable applications and write code that handles tens of thousands of simultaneous connections on one, and only one, physical machine.” — Michael Abernethy       


 Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Node.jsNode.js is a set of server-side JavaScript libraries that runs within Google’s V8 JavaScript engine. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model. It is asynchronous, which proponents say leads to good performance and scalability.  The most intruiging thing I’ve read about Node, though, is that if it becomes widely adopted on mobile devices, it has the potential to change the way we think about servers. Again.

April 11, 2012  3:51 PM

Overheard talking about strategic sourcing and ERP

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“Another important function for enabling strategic sourcing is contract management, key for negotiating and managing terms with suppliers, including pricing and performance requirements. Contract management for procurement should support advanced negotiation functions, including methods to collect and compare vendor bids, as well as functions for managing contracts, improving spend visibility and data analysis.”Catherine LaCroix

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is strategic sourcingStrategic sourcing differs from conventional purchasing because it places emphasis on the entire life-cycle of a product, not just its initial purchase price.


April 11, 2012  2:55 PM

Overheard talking about a six thinking hats retrospective

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“Once everyone is seated introduce the exercise by giving a brief summary of De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats process. Then explain that the group will all put on the same hat and discuss the iteration…and after that they will put on the next hat in the series and so on until the all the hats have been worn.”Rob Bowley

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is six thinking hats retrospective.  I just participated in one here at TechTarget and it may have been one of the smoothest retrospectives I’ve ever been part of.  I don’t recommend it for every single iteration because that could get boring, but it was a nice change-up.  Any kind of structure that moves the discussion along briskly and limits the time people can argue or rant is a good thing. Maybe I’ll try it at the dinner table next family gathering!


April 11, 2012  2:01 PM

Overheard talking about quad-core processors in smartphones

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“You double the number of chips when you evolve from single-core to dual-core and from dual-core to quad-core, but what you’re not doubling are the rest of the resources. All cores still must share a single battery, one pool of memory and so on.” Jessica Dolcourt

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is quad-core processora chip with four independent units called cores that read and execute CPU instructions such as add, move data, and branch. Although it’s tempting to suppose that a quad-core processor would operate twice as fast as a dual-core processor and four times as fast as a single-core processor, things don’t work out that simply. Results vary depending on the habits of the computer user, the nature of the programs being run, and the compatibility of the processor with other hardware in the system as a whole.


April 10, 2012  7:43 PM

Overheard talking about performance and accountability reporting

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“NASA’s Performance and Accountability Report (PAR), is a detailed, annual retrospective of the Agency’s performance toward achieving its annual goals and long-term objectives for its programs, management, and budget. The Office of the Chief Financial Officer produces the PAR in collaboration with program and support offices throughout NASA. While the PAR was created to meet government reporting requirements (including the Government Performance and Results Act, the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990, and the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996), it is also a showcase for NASA’s achievements and is written as a public outreach document.” — Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is PAR, which stands for performance and accountability reporting. In the United States, PARs provide financial and performance information that enables the President, the Congress and the public to assess the performance of an agency relative to its mission and to demonstrate accountability.

In the spirit of government transparency and in accordance with OMB Circular A-136, Financial Reporting Requirements, government agencies may choose either to produce a consolidated Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) or a separate Agency Financial Report (AFR) and Annual Performance Report (APR).


April 10, 2012  12:21 AM

Overheard talking about ambient energy scavenging

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quotes and quotations “It happens all the time; you forget your cell phone charger at home, and your smartphone battery runs out after hours of email and Angry Birds. But what if you could recharge your cell phone using power you’ve generated simply by walking?” – Harry Kolar

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is ambient energy scavenging. Ambient energy scavenging, also called energy harvesting or power harvesting, is the process of obtaining usable energy from natural and human-made sources that surround us in the everyday environment.


April 9, 2012  6:34 PM

Overheard talking about human capital management

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quotes and quotations

A company needs to know on a cost level how many employees they have and what it’s costing them, along with turnover rates and analytics to help them make decisions and understand the essential talent that makes the organization successful.” – Paul Hamerman

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is human capital management, an approach to employee staffing that perceives people as assets whose current value can be measured and whose future value can be enhanced through investment.


April 8, 2012  5:01 PM

What do you call Twitter spam? CAW

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“You can go on eBay today and type ‘twitter followers’ or ‘buy twitter followers, and you can pump up your number. Those are great examples of completely spam accounts.” – Michael Hussey

This week Twitter went to court this week to shut down five websites that allegedly provide tools for spamming Twitter.  And that got me thinking — why hasn’t anyone come up with a cute little word for spam on Twitter?  Spam is a honking big problem on Twitter.

So ok folks — here’s your chance to invent a new word.  What should we call spam on Twitter?

I’d like to suggest we call it CAW.  Because unlike a bird’s delightful little tweet, the repetitive, annoying sound of a crow’s CAW has no redeeming value.  And neither does spam.

CAW could even be a backronym.  We’d just need to come up with some clever words that begin with “c,” “a,” “w.”

Got suggestions?


April 7, 2012  7:38 PM

Overheard talking about too many meetings

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I once worked at a place where we had a meeting to discuss how to cut down on the number of meetings. Seriously.


April 6, 2012  1:56 PM

Overheard talking about the Kahn Academy

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quotes and quotations “Innovation never comes from the established institutions. It’s always a graduate student or a crazy person or somebody with a great vision. Sal is that person in education in my view. He built a platform. If that platform works, that platform could completely change education in America.” – Eric Schmidt

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is the Kahn Academy, a non-profit educational organization that provides free video tutorials and interactive exercises. It’s going to be the next Wikipedia so keep an eye on it.


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