Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com


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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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.


March 14, 2012  10:54 PM

Overheard talking about Agile

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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

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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

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“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

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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.


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