Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

July 3, 2008  2:05 PM

Overheard: Return of the broadcast flag

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sandoval.jpg Microsoft has acknowledged that Windows Media Centers will block users from recording TV shows at the request of a broadcaster.

Greg Sandoval, Microsoft confirms Windows adheres to broadcast flag

The software company was responding to questions about why some users of Windows Vista Media Center were prevented from recording NBC Universal TV shows, American Gladiator and Medium on Monday night.

The “rules,” in which the spokeswoman is apparently referring to are those proposed by the FCC, which would require software and hardware makers honor “broadcast flags.” The flags are code that broadcasters can insert into the data stream of TV shows that typically require restrictions on the recording of the shows. What she didn’t say is that the “rules” aren’t rules at all.

The courts struck down the FCC’s proposal in 2005, saying the regulator lacked the authority to tell electronics makers how to interpret the signals they receive. Since then, Microsoft and other manufacturers have retained the option of whether to honor the flags.

July 3, 2008  1:01 PM

Quiz: Writing for business, July 4

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Which is correct?

Each of the servers _____ partitioned.
a. is
b. are

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July 3, 2008  12:49 PM

Quiz: Writing for business, July 3

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Which is correct?

Now that Apple has embraced the enterprise, IT execs will be ________ their iPhones instead of their Blackberrys.
a. flouting
b. flaunting

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July 3, 2008  12:31 PM

Overheard: Location awareness — is it finally here?

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gillin_photo.jpg GPS brings a whole new level of precision to the mobile experience. Cell phones have been required to be location-aware for several years in order to comply with the needs of emergency response agencies in the U.S. However, the primitive triangulation system that basic phones use isn’t very precise. With GPS, a user’s location could be pinpointed to within a few feet.

Paul Gillin, The Promise and Pitfalls of Location-Awareness

If you do a search on Google for location awareness, you’ll find lot of articles written by people who are excited about the possibilities of mobile devices and location awareness. Advertisers, particularly seem excited. If you look at the dates for a lot of those articles, however, you might be surprised to see they were written in 2001. Will the iPhone really be the tipping point for location awareness 3rd party apps? I’m not going to hold my breath.

July 2, 2008  3:54 PM

Overheard: The best way to make $$ from social media is to run a conference on it

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steve_baldwin.jpg I hate to say it, but the best (and likely only) way to get ROI in Social Media is to run Social Media conferences.

Steve Baldwin, commenting on David Berkowitz’s article Ten Questions Not To Ask A Social Media Panel

David’s satirical blog post about “what not to ask a social media panel” got a lot of virtual heads nodding.

July 2, 2008  2:06 PM

Overheard: EcoRAM is the perfect marketing name

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higginbotham.jpg Flash doesn’t need to constantly refresh the data on the chip the way that DRAM does, so it consumes about a tenth of the power when handling a gigabyte of data.

Stacey Higginbotham, In a Flash Spansion Cuts Power

Traditionally, the way to handle more information has been to buy more servers in order to get more DRAM (Micron is offering lower-power DRAM as a “green” product). Spansion hopes to change all that by using a proprietary Flash memory called EcoRAM that replaces DRAM.

July 2, 2008  12:41 PM

Quiz: Writing for business, July 2

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Which is correct?

A Creative Commons license gives you the ability to dictate how others may exercise your _________ rights.
a. copyright
b. copywrite

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July 1, 2008  12:08 PM

Quiz: Writing for business, July 1

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Which is correct?

__________ you hire will need at least three years of ASP.NET and AJAX development experience.
a. Whoever
b. Whomever

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July 1, 2008  11:09 AM

Overheard: XHTML or HTML 5?

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jonathan_christopher.jpg What started to get under my skin was the fact that I spent a lot of time writing XHTML, but serving it as text/html. Why? Because the servers to which I was publishing are configured similarly to 99% of the other servers powering the Internet.

Jonathan Christopher, Siding with HTML over XHTML, My Decision to Switch

June 30, 2008  8:12 PM

Quiz: What’s the buzz?

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eavesdrop3.gif DIRECTIONS: These are real statements from real people discussing real technology in the blogosphere. I’ve removed one word from each quote. Can you still figure out what they’re talking about? Click on the link to see if you’re right!

1. For most people, changing _________ is little bit of a pain in the ass.
What is Smackdown talking about?

2. According to a report released at Infosec 2008, nearly three quarters of businesses are blocking the use of free __________ applications.
What is Asavin Wattanajantra talking about?

3. One unfortunate habit Bill Gates has is constantly bringing his finger tips together high across his chest while speaking. This gesture makes him seem uncomfortable and is a reminiscent of The Simpson’s __________.
What is Garr Reynolds talking about?

4. You have to hand it to the hit FOX reality series American Idol. It’s putting _________ technology to maximum use, turning it into a giant cash machine.
What is Om Malik talking about?

5. __________ languages are like sewage plants: if the average user becomes aware of them, something has gone wrong.
What is Rupert Goodwins talking about?

6. Electronic theorists have been using the wrong pair of variables all these years–voltage and charge. The fundamental pair of variables is really __________ and charge.
What are they talking about?

7. I’ve seen videoconferencing vendors trying to upgrade their offerings with high-definition media and larger screens to compete with __________ technology. You can put wings on a pig and call it a bird, but it still won’t fly.
What is Rupert Goodwins talking about?

8. It turns out the announcement isn’t a new vaporware wireless technology, it’s my favorite old vaporware wireless technology, __________.
What is Michael Mace talking about?

9. Facebook’s real problem isn’t privacy — it’s __________.
What is Dave McClure talking about?

10. Years from now, we may come to realize that the defining characteristic of Web 2.0 wasn’t gradients, bubbles and excessive use of JavaScript – it was a false belief in __________ content.
What is Ian Harris talking about?

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