Overheard: Word of the Day


July 23, 2008  4:06 PM

Overheard: Even spammers have to pay taxes

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soloway.jpg “I built my entire life around a facade. I’m very embarrassed and I’m ashamed.”

Robert Soloway, as quoted in Spammer sentenced to 47 months in prison

The Zombie “Spam King” was sentenced to four years behind bars and has to pay over $700,000 in restitution.  It wasn’t the CAN-SPAM act that got him. Like Al Capone before him, Soloway was busted for failing to pay taxes. Soloway, who already had a $7 million judgement against him from Microsoft and a $10 million judgement against him from an ISP in Oklahoma,  pleaded guilty to mail fraud, fraud in electronic mail and failure to file a tax return.

Ironically, the spam this guy sent out was all about how to send spam. His company’s name? Newport Internet Marketing. For $495, Soloway’s customers could have an ad sent to 20,000,000 e-mail addresses. He also sold $150 software for sending out unsolicited bulk email.

July 23, 2008  2:43 PM

Overheard: Terry Childs finds one man he can trust

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jail-cell.jpg “The first thing I want you to know, Mr. Mayor, is that when you walk out of this room, you will have the computer codes.”

Terry Childs, as quoted in S.F. mayor gets keys to city’s computer

The city of SanFrancisco had Cisco engineers working round the clock, but they weren’t getting anywhere. Terry Childs really had things locked down. The fall-out from this is going to be interesting.


July 22, 2008  4:22 PM

Overheard: Municipal wireless and privacy

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wifi_logo.jpg While some cities have seen their dreams of providing wireless Internet access for all fade, others have forged ahead with wireless networks for an altogether different purpose: surveillance.

Joshua Brockman, Cities Gone Wireless: Safety Or Surveillance?

Today, public safety is the “largest and most successful sector” in the municipal wireless market, according to MuniWireless.com, a Web site devoted to tracking wireless broadband projects and technologies.


July 21, 2008  9:23 PM

Overheard: Qik — streaming video from your phone

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
eric_zeman.jpg I shoot video using my cell phone all the time. Transferring it to other sites was a major pain until Qik came around. Using Qik, any video you shoot is streamed live, and also archived at the same time, so you can watch it again later.

Eric Zeman, Qik Offers Its Mobile Video Sharing Service To The Masses

I can see this really taking off — it makes much more sense to me than Twitter does.

I wonder how they’re going to handle the pro-privacy backlash — it’s bound to be an issue.


July 21, 2008  8:18 PM

Overheard: Biz Stone explains Twitter

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When people hear about Twitter, their immediate reaction is that it’s the simplest and stupidest idea in the world. They do not want to know that their brother is eating a hot dog right now, but then they discover that their friends are on it. And so are the L.A. Fire Department, NASA and JetBlue. Then they get it.

Biz Stone, as quoted in Twitter took off from simple to ‘tweet’ success

Biz Stone used to work for Google — I wonder what his parents look like? Who would name their kid Biz Stone? It’s like they knew he’d be famous.


July 21, 2008  7:26 PM

Overheard: HA clusters

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kmilberg-sm.jpg HA clusters are deployed for the purpose of improving accessibility to the application, in the event of a hardware failure. They do this by incorporating redundant nodes that provide the capability.

Ken Milberg, Linux clusters vs. grids


July 21, 2008  7:17 PM

Overheard: Richard Stallman is alive and kicking

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stallman.jpg Microsoft would have us believe that helping your neighbor is the moral equivalent of attacking a ship.

Richard Stallman, It’s not the Gates, it’s the bars

You have to hand it to Richard Stallman. He doesn’t go quietly into that good night.


July 21, 2008  3:51 PM

Overheard: HP container datacenter to be vendor neutral

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hp_pod.jpg Customers don’t want a container that only supports HP equipment. Customers want to be able to mimic their own data centers, so we’ve designed the POD to support any vendor’s hardware.

Steve Cummings, as quoted in HP’s POD: The newest containerized data center

Another modular data center is on the way — this time from HP. Here’s the press release.

At one point Google tried to patent the idea.


July 21, 2008  3:20 PM

Overheard: Positioning CherryPal as the first cloud computer

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
chris_morrison.jpg That’s because the CherryPal, set to begin shipping at the end of this month, is a true cloud computer, meaning almost all if its applications and data are stored online.

Chris Morrison, Will CherryPal be the first mass-market cloud computer?

A cloud computer is desirable for a few reasons. One is that small chips like the CherryPal’s 400 MHz Freescale processor can handle more tasks with the help of an outside server. Individual devices almost never need upgrades, and are harder to infect with viruses. Upgrades are also possible without replacing the computer, and files are accessible from anywhere. And the CherryPal requires only two watts to run, much less than a normal computer.

If they’re positioning it as a cloud computer — why not name it Cumulus or Stratus or Cirrus or Nimbus? (The price for this little black box is going to be $249.)

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July 20, 2008  1:01 PM

Overheard: Feature lust can be a bad thing

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
chuck_hollis1.jpg Look, I fully understand being enamored with a new feature or a new technology. I have succumbed to that siren song more times than I can count.And we, as vendors, don’t make the situation any better, do we?

But I’ve learned — the hard way — that “outcome lust” is a far better thing than “feature lust”.

Chuck Hollis, Feature Lust By Storage People

And then the truth came out … they were severely under the gun to cut IT expenses (who isn’t?) and thought that thin (virtual) provisioning might be a great way to do it.

As IT battens down for rough seas, this is the kind of guy I’d want captaining our ship. I salute you, Chuck Hollis.


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