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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


June 12, 2008  2:39 PM

Overheard: 3G iPhone might as well be EDGE

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
teddcgm.jpg I’m not so sure that all the usage won’t bog down the 3G network until it is little more than EDGE, at least for a while. Even with “regular” 3G phones, the system has encountered issues from intense usage, causing slow downs, crashes, and complete shut-downs.

teddgcm, 3G iPhone, Will the Network Crash?


June 10, 2008  8:42 PM

Overheard: Pirates of perchance

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
graham_150×188.jpg The only real limitation on your copying was the number of floppy disks you could afford!

Graham Pockett, Why I Started CFS (or “Confessions Of A Software Pirate”)

According to the Business Software Alliance’s fifth-annual study on global software piracy, softlifting is still a big problem — especially in “emerging markets.” It makes sense to me. Back in the day, a lot of us were pirates of perchance — as in “perchance we can get this program for free from a friend.”

We used to call it Warez.

Interestingly enough, can you guess what software apps the BSA says are lifted most? Symantec’s Norton Anti-Virus, Adobe Acrobat, and Symantec’s PC Anywhere.


June 10, 2008  7:29 PM

Overheard: The iPhone — death by monthly payments

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
steve-jobs-iphone.png We have had nearly 24 hours to jump out Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field and put common sense behind the announcements made yesterday – especially the company’s iPhone 3G.

Christian Zibreg, WWDC 2008: Will the iPhone 3G kill the iPhone?

Christian Zibreg thinks the money iPhone users shell out to AT&T each month is the deal killer. It is for my family.
Just as I was posting this, Verizon called and offered my whole family free phone upgrades and extra minutes. Coincidence? LOL!


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