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December 31, 2008  7:39 PM

Overheard – Millennials and the economic downturn

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
CIO, CTO, IT management

The global downturn has been a brutal awakening for the youngest members of the workforce—variously dubbed “the Millennials”, “Generation Y” or “the Net Generation” by social researchers.

From The Economist print edition Generation Y goes to work

December 30, 2008  3:31 PM

Oveheard – Google Chrome is out of Beta

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Google, Google Chrome
patrizio-andy.gif It’s not too often Google shocks people these days, but declaring its Chrome browser a finished, 1.0 product after only four months was sure one of those moments. Google, the land of the perpetual beta (five years and counting for GMail, three years for Docs), declared the bits golden code after 100 days of public consumption.

Andy Patrizio, Does Google’s Chrome Need More Polish?

Google may or may not have a secret operating system project in the works, one that mimics the interface of the Android operating system for mobile phones, but for PCs. If it does, it would fit with Google’s revised mission statement for Chrome, “to build a browser to give users a better experience of the Web.”

December 29, 2008  12:23 PM

Overheard – Cybersquatting back in the news

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
cybersquatting, domain names, domain tasting
43.jpg The George W. Bush Library Foundation has retrieved its domain name. A small Internet company had bought www.georgewbushlibrary.com for less than $10 after it expired and then sold it back it to the library for $35,000.

Christopher Beam, answering the question Is Cybersquatting Against the Law?

I thought for sure that cybersquatting was an old dot.com relic, but apparently it’s not. MarkMonitor, a company that specializes in helping companies protect their brands on the Internet, reports that there were 428,617 instances of cybersquatting in the second quarter of 2008. That’s a 38% increase from 2007.

In the largest cybersquatting judgment ever, a federal court in the Northern District of California awarded Verizon $33.15 million. It seems that OnlineNIC had registered 663 domain names that were either identical or similar to Verizon trademarks.

According to the NY Times: OnlineNic registered more than 900,000 domain names similar to some of the world’s biggest companies, including Google, Adidas, the News Corporation’s MySpace, Wal-Mart Stores and Yahoo, Verizon said in court papers. Verizon accused OnlineNic of using an automated process to register the addresses and employing “numerous means to conceal its true identity.”

December 28, 2008  7:12 PM

Overheard – MiFi personal cloud

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
MiFi, Wi-fi, wireless router
mifi.jpg Novatel might be on to something with its MiFi device. It’s basically a rechargeable, portable wireless router that ingests mobile data signals and spits them back out as standard Wi-Fi. The company is calling the technology an “Intelligent Mobile Hotspot,” in case you were longing for some industry jargon.

Doug Aamoth, Novatel intros ‘MiFi’ mobile broadband router

A  lot of the blog buzz about MiFi pitches the idea that with your handy-dandy portable router, you’ll be carrying around a personal cloud of high-speed Internet connectivity that can be shared between multiple users and Wi-Fi devices. I can see it being useful to share connectivity, but I’m a little pessimistic about how the pricing structure for service will pan out.  The label “personal cloud” sounds pricey.

December 28, 2008  5:14 PM

Overheard – Replacing the transistor

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
electron_spin.jpg Controlling electrons — and the “magnetic moment” their spin produces — offers the prospect of breaking away from the transistor, a 1948 invention that is still the main element of computers.

Corydon Ireland, Pioneer in spintronics celebrates birthday

December 26, 2008  12:44 PM

Overheard – The cost of virtual server sprawl

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Technology, Virtual Server Sprawl, Virtualization
thomas_bittman.jpg Fundamentally, we believe virtualization sprawl can be a much bigger problem than physical sprawl.

Thomas Bittman, as quoted in Virtual server sprawl kills cost savings, experts warns

December 23, 2008  3:42 PM

Video – Christmas Display #5

Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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December 23, 2008  3:35 PM

Video – Christmas Display #1

Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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December 23, 2008  3:32 PM

Video – Christmas Display #4

Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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December 23, 2008  3:28 PM

Video – Christmas Display #2

Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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