Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com


October 14, 2009  3:32 PM

Overheard – Cloud cartography

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Cloud computing is about the commoditization of virtualization. That’s a mouthful, but that’s essentially what cloud computing is.

George Reese, as quoted in Learning to let go: A cloud security primer with George Reese

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is cloud cartography.

October 13, 2009  12:45 PM

Overheard – Master data management

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“Master data management? We didn’t even know the words existed three months ago.”

Jonathan G.R. Spaetzel, as quoted in Master data management adoption ‘broad but shallow’ across industries

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is master data management.


October 8, 2009  1:20 PM

Overheard – Stateful inspection

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What type of traffic inspection do you need? This is where the buzzwords start to come into play. Every vendor out there has a different trademark for their traffic-inspection technology, but there are essentially three different options: packet-filtering, stateful-inspection and application-proxy firewalls.

Mike Chapple, How to choose a firewall

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is stateful inspection.


October 7, 2009  4:17 PM

Overheard – Today’s Google Doodle is a barcode

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doogle “At Google, we like to reflect the ever changing world of our users through the logo designs on our homepage. These ‘doodles’ celebrate different people, events or special dates. Whenever we change these doodles we receive a lot of public interest.”

Wael Ghonim, as quoted in Doodle your Logo like Google!

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is X dimension. It’s a term used in barcode technology. Google is celebrating the anniversary of this technology by changing its logo to a barcode today.

If you have a few minutes to spare, take an interesting tour at Google’s museum of Google Doodles. Many of them are location-specific.  Don’t you wish we had a holiday called “Moon Viewing Day” too?


October 5, 2009  12:04 PM

Overheard – Degaussing

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“Outside of physical destruction, degaussing is a very reliable means for erasing backup tapes. The problem with basic degaussing is that there’s not a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ confirmation that the destruction has indeed taken place. So, ideally, both degaussing combined with physical destruction would be best to ensure nothing’s going to be recovered.”

Kevin Beaver, Secure data destruction options for old backup tapes and disk

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


October 2, 2009  3:10 PM

Overheard – Bookmarklets

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“The Tiny Read bookmarklet will reformat your current web page into a printer friendly format. It actually changes the default CSS style of a site and renders it again using the print stylesheet.”

Amit Agarwal, Guide to Most Useful Bookmarklets for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is bookmarklet.  Amit has put together a very handy list of bookmarklets.  I absolutely LOVE the one he talks about above — it saves a lot of paper!


October 1, 2009  1:49 PM

Overheard – Remote Access Trojan (RAT)

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“In an even more sophisticated ploy, the Trojan altered the victim’s online banking page to change the amount of the transfer to a smaller number. In one transaction, the cybercriminals stole more than $8,000, but to the victim, it appeared like a $53 transaction.”

Angela Moscaritolo, URLZone touted as most sophisticated banking Trojan yet

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is RAT.  It’s a type of malware horse.


September 28, 2009  2:56 PM

Overheard – VoIPSA

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“Some computer viruses have a crude but scary ability to spy on people by logging every keystroke they type.  Now hackers and potentially law enforcement have another weapon: a virus that can eavesdrop on voice conversations that go over computers instead of a regular phone line.”

Jordan Robertson, Wiretapping Skype calls: virus eavesdrops on VoIP

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


September 25, 2009  2:18 PM

Overheard – Kaizen

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“Western philosophy may be summarized as, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ The Kaizen philosophy is to ‘do it better, make it better, improve it even if it isn’t broken — because if we don’t, we can’t compete with those who do.”

Steve Hudgik, Introduction to Kaizen

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


September 24, 2009  2:15 PM

Overheard – Unified computing system

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“A unified computing system brings certain service benefits.  What it really comes down to is one throat to choke.”

Marc Staimer, Defining ‘unified computing systems’

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


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