Word of the Day Archive


March 27, 2008  12:44 PM

Overheard: WildCharge is the real deal

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
katherine_boehret.jpg I set my WildCharge pad up on my nightstand. After a phone chat, I tossed my RAZR cellphone over to the charging pad; four magnetic contact points on the phone’s adapter helped it stick to the pad. A chime indicated my phone made electrical contact and started charging…I really grew fond of not hunting for the correct cord to charge my phone. Instead, I’d finish conversations, reach over and simply drop my phone down as if I was laying it on the table. 

Katherine Boehret, A Pad to Easily Power Up Your Phone

I really want one of these.

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March 25, 2008  1:53 PM

Overheard: Forget hiding your SSID — pay attention to what you name it

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
lphifer-sm.jpg Many people (including myself) have tried to “hide” SSID as a security measure. Unfortunately, efforts to hide SSID ultimately fail and degrade overall WLAN performance.

Lisa Phifer, Configuring service set identifiers

SSIDs are analogous to Windows workgroup names. PCs use those names to browse a network neighborhood and discover others in the same workgroup. When a PC actually tries to access a fileshare, permission is determined by computer name, user name and password. Similarly, stations use SSID to discover APs in the same ESS, but access depends upon other parameters like the station’s address, WEP keys and 802.1X credentials. Access requests must carry the right name, but the workgroup or ESS name is not a password – it identifies the resource to be accessed.


March 8, 2008  3:21 PM

Overheard: Egress filtering

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
exit.gif The biggie in regards to Extrusion Detection is what ports are allowed egress at the perimeter. If you are serious about stopping information from leaking out, then you must enforce policy regarding what ports you allow egress, then you must have a way to apply policy to what is traveling egress on those ports. Your culture in regards to “acceptable use” will drive the solution.

Corey Elinburg, Some Thoughts On Data Leakage / Extrusion Prevention


March 8, 2008  3:02 PM

Video: Microsoft data centers

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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March 8, 2008  2:37 PM

Video: Jack St. Clair Kilby, inventor of the integrated circuit

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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March 8, 2008  12:18 PM

Video: Blogger Robert Scoble talks about how he manages his email

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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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


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