Overheard: Word of the Day

A Whatis.com blog

April 10, 2012  12:21 AM

Overheard talking about ambient energy scavenging

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Green computing
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

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
human resources
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

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Spam, Twitter
“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

Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
education, Kahn Academy
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.

March 14, 2012  10:54 PM

Overheard talking about Agile

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Agile, scrum, Software development
When people talk about agile practices, they can sometimes become very religious. –Jurgen Appelo

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Agile, an approach to software development that anticipates the need for flexibility and applies a level of pragmatism into the delivery of the finished product.

Here’s our newest Word-2-Go glossary — it’s got a lot of our Agile vocabulary all in one handy printable page. Take a quiz and see how many you already know!.

March 7, 2012  3:41 PM

Overheard talking about shared services

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
IT chargeback, shared services
quotes and quotations “Experts agree that the goal of a services-oriented IT environment is to make services readily and easily accessible to end users. That in itself is what will really revolutionize IT.” – Scot Petersen

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is shared servicesthe consolidation of back-end business operations such as finance, HR and IT that are used by multiple divisions within the same organization.

March 6, 2012  4:43 PM

Overheard talking about Hyper-V 3.0

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Microsoft, Virtualization

quotes and quotations

“Installing Hyper-V 3.0 with a PowerShell script is faster than using the GUI. It also allows you to maintain role/feature consistency across multiple host installations.” – Rob McShinsky

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Hyper-V 3.0, the virtualization feature created for the client version of Windows 8 and Windows Server 8.

March 5, 2012  8:16 PM

Overheard talking about iris recognition

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
quotes and quotations “Iris recognition was found to have an error rate of 1 in a million, according to a January study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.” – Julia Angwin

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is iris recognition, the identification of an individual based on the unique patterns within the ring-shaped region surrounding the pupil of the eye.

February 29, 2012  5:12 PM

Overheard talking about value stream mapping

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
value stream mapping
quotes and quotations “If our kitchens were organized the same way as our factories, offices and clinics, then the refrigerator would be in basement, the toaster would be in the attic and the bread would be stored anywhere there was an open space.” –Bruce Hamilton

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is value stream mapping.

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