WhatIs.com Word of the Day Archive


December 28, 2008  7:12 PM

Overheard – MiFi personal cloud

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
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

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: 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

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
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

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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December 23, 2008  3:35 PM

Video – Christmas Display #1

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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December 23, 2008  3:32 PM

Video – Christmas Display #4

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December 23, 2008  3:28 PM

Video – Christmas Display #2

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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December 23, 2008  3:23 PM

Video – Christmas Display #3

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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December 23, 2008  3:00 PM

Overheard – Top 5 tech stories in Australia

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

In case you weren’t one of the readers stampeding these stories, here’s are the most popular tales from across TechTarget’s five Australian sites in 2008:

1. SearchCIO readers could not get enough of this story comparing virtualisation wares from Microsoft and VMWare.

2. Career advice clearly appeals to networking professionals, who stampeded this piece about how certifications can improve your prospects at work.

3. Old-school is still big for security pros, who loved this piece about five command line tools to detect Windows hacks.

4. The blend of open source NAS and virtualisation proved the most popular mix for our storage-oriented readers.

5. Bluetooth for Business was the story of most interest to SearchVoIP ANZ readers in 2008.


December 22, 2008  3:31 PM

Overdheard – The future of the Internet according to Pew

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By 2020, the virtual world will  have blended with the physical world; to speak of them as separate spheres will seem anachronistic.

Nicholas Carr, as quoted in Pew: 55% of Experts Herald Virtual Worlds and Augmented Reality in 2020

Here’s a link to the newest Pew Internet Life report.


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