WhatIs.com Word of the Day Archive


June 23, 2008  5:01 PM

Overheard: Is the set-top box doomed? Not likely.

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
cynthiabrumfield.jpg Less than two weeks after the blogosphere and press erupted with stories that the cable TV set-top faced extinction as a result of Sony signing onto a major interactive TV initiative by cable operators called Tru2Way, folks close to Tru2Way say the first certification test of the technology is a “disaster of spectacular proportions.”

Cynthia Brumfield, Terrible Troubles with Cable’s Tru2Way Initiative?

Cynthia got slammed for this blog post, but even James McQuivey (Forrester) has said “So here’s where I stand on tru2way: I’ll believe it when I see it.” As close as I can figure it, here’s what the big deal is:

1. Cable companies would like to get rid of set-top boxes. They cost them money.

2. TV manufacturers are getting extra press by announcing they are getting behind Tru2way as the standard for allowing the TV itself perform the functions of the set-top box. (True2way is open source.)

3. A lot of industry experts don’t see how the business model for this change is going to work — consumers worry that putting the interface in the TV means it’s one more thing that can break on their TV — vendors remember a former effort to get rid of the set-top box (called CableCard) that just confused everyone and went belly up.

June 23, 2008  11:20 AM

Overheard: Microsoft gets a “D” in SOA

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
block_with_letter_d.jpg Just what the world needs…yet another programming language. As soon as you say it’s aimed at non-developers, “real” developers will avoid it like the plague. And without “real” developer support, it’s dead in the water.

Fred Fredrickson, responding to Mary Jo Foley’s blog post Microsoft declares its modeling love with a new language, ‘D’


June 20, 2008  3:17 PM

Overheard: Symantec and SaaS

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
mark_twomey.jpg I don’t believe Symantec have their head around SaaS. Up their own SaaS maybe, the pricing shows that.

Mark Twomey, SwapDrive. It’ll cost you!

Thank you Storage Anarchist (Barry A. Burke) for sending me this quote.  Barry, if you will recall,  coined the popular phrase “Hitachi math.”


June 19, 2008  7:38 PM

Overheard: It’s official — IBM Roadrunner is world’s fastest computer

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
walaika_haskins.jpg Perhaps surprisingly, more than 5 million PlayStation 3 owners in the U.S. have first-hand knowledge of at least one of the processors that carried the Roadrunner to victory.

Walaika Haskins, IBM Roadrunner Meep-Meeps to Top of Supercomputer Rankings

The IBM supercomputer is powered by 12,240 IBM PowerXCell 8i Cell chips similar to those found in the gaming console. The system’s 6,562 AMD Opteron dual-core processors handle the basic compute functions, leaving the Cell chips available to deal with the heavy lifting necessary for the math-intensive calculations in which the processors specialize.


June 19, 2008  11:51 AM

Overheard: Keystroke dynamics in two-factor authentication

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
jason_striegel.jpg Nathan Harrington amended the GNOME Desktop Manager to include keystroke dynamics in the user verification process. When the user enters their username, the timings between key press events are measured and compared against a stored pattern.

Jason Striegel, Add keystroke user verification to Gnome

I think Nathan Harrington has one of the coolest jobs of anyone I know. He’s always putting something new out for people to tinker with.


June 18, 2008  12:19 PM

Overheard: Social Spreadsheet for distributed workgroups

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
ross_mayfield.jpg We hope to have 80% of the features of Excel but create a better process for working across workgroups.

Ross Mayfield, as quoted in Next from Dan Bricklin: A wiki-spreadsheet combo


June 18, 2008  12:03 PM

Overheard: Web 2.0 is not about the cloud

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Enterprise 2.0 is not about the cloud. It’s about sharing information inside the firewall to solve business problems.

Wanted to jot down that thought before I forgot it.


June 17, 2008  1:36 PM

Overheard: Is Firefox 3 really ready for prime time?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
firefox-3.jpg It’s clearly come a long way, but with all the download hype, is Mozilla pushing out a not-quite solid product just for a publicity stunt?

Fahmida Y. Rashid, Firefox 3 on Linux: Questions about Stability

Today is Download Day 2008 for Firefox 3. Mozilla is attempting to set a Guinness Book of World Records for the largest number of software downloads within a 24-hour period. I sort of want to join in the fun – but I just can’t risk it today — too many fires already.


June 16, 2008  12:08 PM

Overheard: File “Mars Programming Language” under “D”

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
foo_bar.jpg “Great, just what I need. Another D in programming.”

Segfault comment

How did Mars get shortened to “D” instead of “M”?

According to the Digital Mars FAQ page:  “The original name was the Mars Programming Language. But my friends kept calling it D, and I found myself starting to call it D. The idea of D being a successor to C goes back at least as far as 1988.”


June 12, 2008  5:03 PM

Overheard: Elton Mayo

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
elton_mayo.gif “One friend, one person who is truly understanding, who takes the trouble to listen to us as we consider our problems, can change our whole outlook on the work.”

Elton Mayo


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