Overheard: Word of the Day


November 3, 2009  6:48 PM

Overheard – Amazon PayPhrase

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
“PayPhrase is less fun than it might be due to Amazon’s content restrictions. PayPhrases can’t use trademarked terms. Nor can they use language that is unlawful, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, indecent, lewd, harassing, threatening, harmful, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, inflammatory, or otherwise objectionable.”

Thomas Claburn, Amazon Introduces PayPhrase Payment Shortcut

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Amazon PayPhrase.

November 2, 2009  2:48 PM

Overheard – Operation Phish Phry

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
“Criminally savvy groups recruit here and abroad to pool tactics and skills necessary to commit organized theft facilitated by the computer, including hacking, fraud and identity theft, with a common greed and shared willingness to victimize Americans.”

FBI Los Angeles acting assistant director Keith Bolcar,  Operation Phish Phry: FBI Arrests 33 for Internet Scam

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Operation Phish Phry.


October 30, 2009  12:51 PM

Overheard – Kill a Zombie Day

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
“IT security and data protection company, Sophos, has called on computer users around the world to participate in “Kill-A-Zombie Day” on Saturday 31st October, also known as Halloween. Billions of spam messages are sent every day, with over 99% determined to be relayed from innocent users’ computers that have been hijacked and turned into a zombie.”

Kansas City InfoZine, International Kill-a-Zombie Day Will be a Thriller for Halloween

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is pulsing zombie.  Happy Halloween!

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October 26, 2009  3:03 PM

Overheard – Mobile marketing

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
Mobile marketing isn’t just mobile Web sites. It also includes banners, short codes (like the codes you send text messages to when voting on American Idol), ads in phones’ video programming and even little two-dimensional codes (like bar codes) that when photographed, send mobile customers to Web sites.

Josh Bernoff, Don’t Screw Up Your Mobile Marketing Opportunity

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is mobile marketing.


October 23, 2009  4:42 PM

Overheard – Baby botnet

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
I suspect that a sizable percentage of small botnets are those developed by people who understand or are operating inside a business as employees who want to gain remote access to corporate systems, or by criminal entities that have dug deep and gotten insider information on the environment…We’ve seen a growth in the number of sites that offer the sale of corporate documents that were extracted from the bots.

Gunter Ollmann, as quoted in Up To 9 Percent Of Machines In An Enterprise Are Bot-Infected

Today’s WhatIs.com  Word of the Day is micro-botnet, also known as baby botnet.


October 22, 2009  1:33 PM

Overheard – Hot aisle / cold aisle containment

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
In any push air-conditioning arrangement, two components need the most amount of power: the compressor and the fan. In a hot aisle – cold aisle arrangement, the need for cold air is reduced drastically because it’s needed only for the servers and not the entire room.

Smrutiranjan Das, Hot aisle – cold aisle design best practices for data centers

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is hot aisle – cold aisle contaiment.


October 21, 2009  5:00 PM

Overheard – WAN clustering

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
“It’s going to involve different parts of your organization to really construct a true WAN cluster. You are going to have to involve your data storage team, your software team, your network engineering team and really look holistically at everything.”

Jeff Boles, WAN clustering emerges to provide transparent failover between physical sites

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is WAN clustering.


October 20, 2009  12:42 PM

Overheard – Shared Assessments Program

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
“One of the big issues everyone faced, especially on the service provider side was the inconsistency in the level of questions and controls clients looked at. This sets the standard and a baseline so everyone is looking at pretty much the same types of controls…You remove inconsistency and raise the overall bar of information security.”

Charlie Miller, as quoted in Shared Assessments aims to ease third-party security evaluations

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Shared Assessments Program.


October 16, 2009  11:25 AM

Overheard – Real-time location system (RTLS)

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
“A lot of healthcare equipment is starting to come with Wi-Fi radios already installed. If it’s not there, they add a Wi-Fi tag. It broadcasts and contacts the closest … access points.  Such tags retail for about $50 and can last for months, emitting ‘chirps’ to update any listening Wi-Fi access points about their current position and condition.”

Stan Schatt, Wi-Fi-based real-time location systems primed to grow market share

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is real-time location system.


October 15, 2009  5:58 PM

Overheard – Wi-Fi Direct

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
“In theory, Wi-Fi Direct takes personal area networks (PANs) from short distances using cables or Bluetooth to full Wi-Fi range and speed.”

Eric Griffith, New ‘Wi-Fi Direct’ Spec Revamps Device Networks

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Wi-Fi Direct.


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