Overheard: Word of the Day

March 3, 2010  3:23 PM

Overheard talking about LEED

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“There is no greater advantage to a LEED school than using it as a teaching tool for our next generation.”


Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). It’s a certification for green buildings.

Dr. Ujjval K. Vyas says:

Owners’ prime interest in sustainable design remains economically driven, since many LEED projects show clear life-cycle cost advantages and will often help smooth the way for community approval. Contractors, on the other hand, are interested in responding to the changing marketplace (this is especially the case for contractors involved in the public sector) and seek to obtain first-in-time status to acquire a competitive edge.

It seems like every datacenter architect has the letters LEED AP after their names.  I get the LEED part, but I can’t seem to find out what the letters “A” and “P” stand for.  Approved Person?

I’m also interested in finding out why LEED certification is such a hot topic.  Are there tax advantages? Is it just for PR?  I can understand why a building owner would want to upgrade his heating/electrical etc. to save money by improving efficiency, but why would go after the LEED certification when you’re retrofitting an older building?  Are bragging rights worth the hassle of getting certified?

March 2, 2010  12:53 PM

Overheard talking about cyber warfare

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Accidents have caused just as much damage as ‘cyberwarfare’ or other intentional attacks. ‘War’ is not the problem; mismanagement, disorganization and fear are the real threat.

Sherri Davidoff, Cyberwarfare and the enterprise: Is the threat real?

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is cyber warfare.

March 1, 2010  4:17 PM

Overheard talking about fuel cells

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“Bloom produces a new fuel-cell technology that feeds off natural gas and can be used as an alternative to getting power off the electric grid. The machines, which Bloom calls “energy servers,” cost up to $800,000 and provide 100 kilowatts of electricity. Some major companies — Google, eBay, Bank of America, WalMart — already have them installed.”

Mark Fontecchio, Google using Bloom box to power data center

According to Eric Shonfeld over at TechCrunch

Each fuel cell, which is made from sand essentially (zirconium oxide), is a square wafer about the size of a CD box. Each wafer can produce about 25 watts of energy, enough to power a lightbulb. Stack them together and you get a box that could power a house. Group them into larger units, and you get enough energy to power a building or an entire campus. He calls them energy servers because they are modular like servers in a data center. Need more energy? Add more boxes.

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is fuel cell.

February 25, 2010  12:02 PM

Overheard talking about same origin policy

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The same-origin policy restricts which network messages one origin can send to another. For example, the same-origin policy allows inter-origin HTTP requests with GET and POST methods but denies inter-origin PUT and DELETE requests. Additionally, origins can use custom HTTP headers when sending requests to themselves but cannot use custom headers when sending requests to other origins.W3C Same Origin Policy

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is same origin policy.

February 24, 2010  4:06 PM

Overheard talking about e-prescribing

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As with any business-to-business supply chain, if you administer electronic data interchange without standards, it doesn’t work.

Ted Kremer, as quoted in Lack of health information exchange standards slowing adoption

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is e-prescribing incentive program.

February 23, 2010  6:20 PM

Overheard – collocation

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“If you look at computing services as a car, cloud computing is like the rental car you pick up at the airport – it’s not a good option for long-term use. Managed hosting [collocation] is more like a car you lease long-term. You know what you’re getting and how much it will cost.”

Antonio Piraino, Cloud computing versus colocation: What’s the right fit?

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is collocation.

February 22, 2010  1:38 PM

Overheard – motherboard tattoo

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“Odds are your PC came with a recovery disc, a CD with all the programs and drivers that were installed on its hard drive when it was new. The odds are also that you have absolutely no idea where that disc is.”
David A. Karp, Build an XP-SP2 Recovery Disc

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is motherboard tattoo.

If you bought your PC at BestBuy, you’ll want to read what David has to say about getting a full install of Windows — who knew???

The first ingredient, the Windows XP CD, may prove the most troublesome, simply because many manufacturers omit it in lieu of some sort of customized “express install” recovery disc.  If Windows came preinstalled on your PC but the manufacturer didn’t provide a full Windows XP CD, contact the company and ask for one (you did pay for it, after all). In most cases, you’ll get one for free, no questions asked.

February 18, 2010  3:01 PM

Overheard – social computing

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“It really boils down to this: Employees know a lot of stuff. Social computing systems make it easy for everyone else to share and ultimately benefit from that knowledge.”Paul Galvin, A case for social computing in the enterprise

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is social computing.

Like many new technology-driven concepts, social computing can be a little confusing as a term. Definitions run the gamut, but many people will agree that social computing is both a process and supporting tool set that enable individuals within an enterprise to contribute their knowledge and insight about the business. Social computing makes business knowledge easily searchable and accessible to everyone in the enterprise at any time through a number of search avenues.

February 17, 2010  1:36 PM

Overheard – Credit CARD Act

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“While companies can’t hike your rates on existing balances unless you’re 60 days late with a payment, they can raise rates on future purchases any time and for any (or no) reason. They do have to tell you this, but they’ll probably send it in an envelope that looks like junk mail in the hopes you’ll throw it out.”

Lauren Bowne, as quoted in Beware: Loopholes in the Credit CARD Act you need to know about

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Credit CARD Act.

Martha White provides a great overview of the Credit CARD Act’s “gotchas” in her interview with Lauren Bowne.

While the CARD Act has limits on the severity of penalty fees you can be charged, there’s no rule against card companies making up as many new fees as they can conjure and charging whatever they like for them.

February 16, 2010  2:05 PM

Overheard – Security as a service

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IT security typically has been deemed one of those services best provided in-house. But the stigma attached to outsourcing security and Security as a Service — namely that an outsider does not know your company well enough to protect it — may be falling away, as businesses look for more ways to cut costs.

Linda Tucci,  Options for outsourcing security grow, offer IT budget savings

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Security as a Service.

A word about definitions: Like most IT monikers, Security as a Service takes various shapes.

It can refer to a traditional managed services model, in which a company hires an outside provider to configure, manage and even maintain its security infrastructure. These services can be dispatched remotely using a connection over the Internet.

Another model, “in-the-cloud” services, allows a company to use security technologies that are not located on its premises. One such cloud service that has gained traction is email security: Companies point their email to a cloud-based provider for cleansing before it’s delivered to the on-premise mail server.

Web security is also catching on, as cloud-based providers have resolved latency issues.

A third model, Security as a Utility, usually refers to an arrangement in which companies pay a monthly fee to lease security hardware for their premises and pay for the services to manage and maintain it.

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