Overheard: Word of the Day


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.


July 20, 2008  12:39 PM

Overheard: Virtual provisioning is a Catch-22

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barry_burke.jpg The storage admin now has a new use for the time freed up by fast-and-simple allocation: monitoring the use of the virtual provisioned devices and their supporting pools.

Barry Burke (The Storage Anarchist), 0.007: virtual provisioning catch-22


July 18, 2008  11:19 AM

Overheard: iPhone and the Enterprise

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andrewgarcia.jpg The various iterations of the iPhone Configuration Utility could be successfully used in smaller, depot-style support environments, but the tools as currently structured lack the security and remote reach for large deployments to use effectively.

Andrew Garcia, Apple’s iPhone Configuration Utility Disappoints


July 16, 2008  12:09 PM

Overheard: Monetizing Tweets

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twitter.jpg The Silicon Alley Insider blog reported that Summize was acquired for an estimated $15 million in cash and Twitter stock. Are Twitter search ads next?

Mark Walsh, Twitter Buys Search Engine Summize


July 13, 2008  9:12 PM

Overheard: Using iTunes as a distributive educational network

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
jon_robinson.jpg Apple just launched K-12 on iTunes U (opens iTunes) that allows schools to use iTunes as a platform to distribute educational content.

Not quite sure why a school would find this easier than just posting the stuff on the web, but I do know Apple would love to get all those students spending even more time in iTunes.

Jon Robinson, Apple’s iTunes U for K-12 Schools

I can’t think of a single network administrator I know who would recommend putting iTunes on school computers.


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