Overheard: Word of the Day


March 8, 2008  12:05 PM

Overheard: Email bankruptcy

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
fred_wilson.jpg I am so far behind on e-mail that I am declaring bankruptcy. If you’ve sent me an e-mail (and you aren’t my wife, partner, or colleague), you might want to send it again. I am starting over.

Fred Wilson, Declaring Bankruptcy

March 7, 2008  4:26 PM

Overheard: HDTV is going to be replaced by OLED

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
oled.gif Now that Sony has emerged victorious in the HD disc format war, it appears as if they will be turning their attention to the next great HDTV technology, OLED.

Charlie Robb, Sony to Spend $200 Million on new OLED Technology


March 7, 2008  12:41 PM

Overheard: Garbage collection

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
garbage_can.jpg Here’s a pretty easy way to automatically collect unused memory. Put a counter on each object, signifying how many outside references there are to this object. When it gets to zero, you know there are no references to it, so it can be deleted.

When another object starts referencing that object, it needs to increment the reference count by one. When it stops referencing it, the referrer needs to decrement the reference count.

Daniel Ehrenberg, A quick intro to garbage collection


March 7, 2008  12:38 PM

Overheard: gOS

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

gos1.gif Has anyone else noticed a trend in open-source operating systems lately — a certain movement toward green? No, not money or the environment, as important as those things are: I’m talking desktop color schemes.

Brian Donohue Green is the Color


March 6, 2008  12:34 PM

Video: Recovering data from solid-state hardware

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Scott Moulton explains how he recovers data from flash drives.  

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March 4, 2008  5:51 PM

Overheard: Role mining driven by compliance

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
jutta_cymanek.jpg We are headed into a phase in Identity Management that is heavily driven by compliance and security, corresponding to a strong demand for intelligent role management and compliance reporting to automate and simplify these processes for enterprises.

Jutta Cymanek as quoted in Omada Appoints RBAC Specialist to Identity Management Team


March 4, 2008  5:26 PM

Overheard: Open ID — not just for fanboys anymore

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
chris_markarsky.jpg Just a year ago, OpenID was more the hobby of a few fanboys than a serious challenge to the way identities are stored and managed. But in January, Yahoo! announced that all 250 million of its user accounts would become OpenID identifiers, thereby tripling the number of OpenID accounts overnight.

Chris Makarsky, I’ll need to see some ID


March 4, 2008  4:24 PM

Overheard: It is the privilege of man to learn to understand

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
vannevar_bush.gif Science has a simple faith which transcends utility. It is the faith that it is the privilege of man to learn to understand, and that this is his mission.

Vannevar Bush

Bush, FDR’s Science Officer, is generally credited with changing the way scientific research in the U.S. gets funded. His work to create a relationship between the government and the scientific establishment during WWII fostered the environment in which the Internet was born.


March 4, 2008  3:51 PM

Video: “V” stand for virtualization, sucka

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Ever wonder what Mr. T is up to? He's doing video spots for Hitachi Data System Virtualization. [kml_flashembed movie="http://youtube.com/v/tW1S2tsxVHg" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]


March 4, 2008  2:21 AM

Video: Sarbanes-Oxley explained?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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Steven Zelin, the Singing CPA, sings a rather clever rendition of "Happy Birthday" to Sarbanes-Oxley.


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