Overheard: Word of the Day


February 12, 2008  10:04 AM

Overheard: Domain kiting is dead

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
icann-flags.gif Domain kiting is now dead. There is no longer any way to register and drop a domain without incurring a fee. Tasting operations now have a higher cost to operate, but they have not been stopped.Google And ICANN Did Not Kill Domain Tasting; Domain Kiting and NSI Front Running DOA

Domain tasting operations register bulk batches of domain names and keep the domain name that they believe will make them a return and delete the rest. Often times the taster will use a search company to place ads on the domain for that 5 day period in order to assess whether a domain name is worth keeping. Currently if the domain is deleted within the 5 day window there is no fee involved. This led to the abusive practice known as domain kiting. The kiter would register a bulk list of domains and keep them for the 5 day period and then delete and re-register the domain for another 5 day period, never paying for the domain or a fee. The practice does tie up large sums of money, as the registry requires registrars to prepay for registering domains.

According to an ICANN report, 94% of all .com registrations in January 2007 were deleted.

February 11, 2008  11:20 PM

Overheard: How to keep your IT job during a recession

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Aleksandra Todorova recommends Four Ways to Keep Your Job in a Slowing Job Market

1. Make yourself indispensable
If your manager has to cut 10% of the staff, you certainly don’t want to be at the top of her list.

2. Don’t be high-maintenance
Even if you’re among your company’s top-performing employees, that won’t matter much if you’re a pain in the neck.

3. Stay busy
Now is not the time to take a three-week vacation or shop online at work.

4. Do damage control
Workers between 45 and 60 years old who get the pink slip should consider negotiating with the company to stay at a lower salary.


February 11, 2008  7:47 PM

Overheard: Silverlight demo by Forrest Key (Microsoft)

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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February 11, 2008  7:41 PM

Overheard: Linux developers dancing in the Moonlight

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
miguel_de_icaza.png We are formalizing a collaboration between Microsoft and Novell with the explicit purpose of bringing Silverlight to Linux and do this in a fully supported way.

This is an historical collaboration between an open source project and Microsoft. They have collaborated with other folks on the server space (Xen and PHP) but this is their first direct contribution to the open source desktop.

Miguel de Icaza, Microsoft/Novell Collaboration on Silverlight.


February 11, 2008  7:15 PM

Overheard: FedEx Kinko commercial — fill in (employee’s name) here

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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I love this commercial. We should make a list of other things you can count on:

Peggy, can I count on one of your dogs to bark during the conference call? Woof!


February 11, 2008  6:39 PM

Overheard: Jake Kuramoto explains why I have too many meetings

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
jake_kuramoto.png Before technologies like conference calling bridges, VoIP, and online conferences, meetings were constrained by the physical scarcity of conference rooms and offices. The assumption here is that due to physical scarcity, only the most important (think blockbuster) meetings were held.

Technology has again removed the scarcity constraint and allowed “consumers” access to the Long Tail of meetings. So now, meetings of all levels of importance (blockbusters, indies, B-movies, classics, etc.) can be held.

Jake Kuramoto, The Long Tail of Meetings

One key component of the Long Tail model is that it allows consumers access to more content that was previously unavailable due to scarcity. This is a good thing for the consumer. When applied to meetings, however, I think the conclusion is that maybe it has become too easy to hold a meeting.

Jake is a brilliant observer. I feel SO much better knowing there’s a scientific reason for my messed-up calendar.


February 11, 2008  6:15 PM

Overheard: Hyperconnectivity is more than just a Nortel buzzword

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
nortel.jpg So far hyperconnectivity is a business turnaround strategy, a marketing campaign and a vision for the future of connectivity. Of the three, it is most compelling as a vision put forth by beleaguered Canadian telecom giant Nortel.

Raheem Mohammed, Hyperconnectivity: Hype or what?
Beyond the vision and marketing, Nortel is underpinning its hyperconnected vision on three standards – WIMAX, Ultra-Mobile Broadband and LTE.

Nortel’s official vision (video)

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Parady news interview with former Nortel CEO

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February 11, 2008  5:59 PM

Overheard: Shpigler coaches Yahoo on how to negotiate more effectively

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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February 11, 2008  4:59 PM

Overheard: Bluetooth will piggyback 802.11 when it needs more speed

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
mike_foley.jpg This is the wireless technology equivalent of ‘low hanging fruit. What we’re doing is taking classic Bluetooth connections – using Bluetooth protocols, profiles, security and other architectural elements – and allowing it to jump on top of the already present 802.11 radio, when necessary, to send bulky entertainment data, faster. When the speed of 802.11 is overkill, the connection returns to normal operation on a Bluetooth radio for optimal power management and performance.

Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director, the Bluetooth SIG.


February 11, 2008  4:32 PM

Overheard: Say goodbye to middleware as a standalone offering

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
aneel_bhusri.jpg The notion of middleware as a standalone offering is disappearing.

Aneel Bhusri as quoted in SaaS Start-Up Workday Acquires Cape Clear

Workday acquired Cape Clear Software, one of the last remaining independent providers of an enterprise service bus, the middleware technology for service-oriented architecture. The SaaS startup, also known as the PeopleSoft alumni association, has positioned itself as an on-demand alternative to ERP.

Mary Hayes Weier writes “It’s a critical technology and talent acquisition for Workday, since IT managers often cite concerns about integrating their legacy apps with on-demand apps as the biggest barrier to SaaS adoption.”


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