Word of the Day Archive


April 7, 2010  1:00 PM

Overheard talking about Fedora

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
The fundamental difference between Red Hat Advanced Server or Enterprise Linux and Fedora is that Red Hat Enterprise Linux is meant for commercial use, while Fedora is for the developer community and for those that want Linux for personal use.

Kenneth Milberg, What are differences between Red Hat Advanced Server and Fedora Core?

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

April 6, 2010  1:44 PM

Overheard talking about clean installs

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

There are several ways to install a clean version of Windows 7 on enterprise desktops.  And regardless of the method, the process may be easier than upgrading from Windows XP or Windows Vista.Mark Brownstein, How to install a clean version of Windows 7

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is clean install.


March 31, 2010  3:46 PM

Overheard talking about Zookeeper

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
In 2006 we were building distributed applications that needed a master, aka coordinator, aka controller to manage the sub processes of the applications. It was a scenario that we had encountered before and something that we saw repeated over and over again inside and outside of Yahoo!.

Benjamin Reed, An Introduction to ZooKeeper Video

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


March 30, 2010  5:21 PM

Overheard talking about compressed air energy storage

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
If stored wind or solar energy instead of natural gas plants can be used to generate power when the wind is not blowing or the sun is not shining, less natural gas will be burned to provide dispatchable power.

Dr. Joseph Romm, The Holy Grail of clean energy economy is in sight: Affordable storage for wind and solar

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is compressed air energy storage.  The definition is adopted from a blog post by Dr. Joseph Romm called “The Holy Grail of clean energy economy is in sight: Affordable storage for wind and solar.”


March 29, 2010  2:31 PM

Overheard talking about ransomware

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
“Turning hijacked computers into cash is still hard work for most computer criminals.  They’ve got to trick the infected PC into sending spam, then trick a recipient into buying a useless product — or they have to steal online banking passwords, log onto a victim’s account, bypass the bank’s money transfer fraud controls and so on. It’s much easier to just demand cash directly from infected users — a crime that’s the Internet’s equivalent of kidnapping.”

Bob Sullivan, Give me your money, or your computer gets it

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


March 19, 2010  2:47 PM

Overheard talking about meaningful use

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
Meaningful use is more than just the incentives or even the information technology… meaningful use is all about how you’re practicing medicine.

Joseph Fortuna, Providers consider how to overcome EHR meaningful use obstacles

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is meaningful use.


March 18, 2010  2:44 PM

Overheard talking about pocket printers

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
Remember the days when you would ‘shake it like a Polaroid picture?’ Dell has introduced a new player in the inkless printer world, a pocket printer called the Dell Wasabi.  Any device with PictBridge capability can be used to print out full color prints.

Sarah Meyer, Dell Wasabi review

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


March 12, 2010  3:40 PM

Overheard talking about the Zeus banking Trojan

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
Zeus is the biggest banking Trojan out there. It’s the nastiest, most sophisticated Trojan I’ve ever seen. It’s a money-stealing machine.

Laura Mather, Zeus Trojan hitting banking customers hard

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Zeus Trojan toolkit.


March 11, 2010  9:00 PM

Overheard talking about machine-to-machine connections

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
For every single human being punching phone numbers or surfing the net on the T-Mobile network, there could be four machines chirping away quietly, embedded in utility meters, cars, freight containers, medical equipment, wristwatches and even the oversized flashlights carried by cops.

Kevin Fitchard, T-Mobile: M2M connections to outnumber humans 4-to-1

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is machine-to-machine (M2M).


March 10, 2010  1:26 PM

Overheard talking about full disk encryption

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
In my opinion, it is not necessary to encrypt workstation hard drives, so long as your organization is not subject to any regulations requiring such encryption, no data is deliberately stored on the workstation hard drives and the organization has adequate physical security.

Brian Posey, Workstation hard drive encryption: Overdue or overkill?

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is full disk encryption.


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