Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

July 31, 2008  10:14 PM

Overheard: How do you spell spam? K-N-O-L

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
jonathan_bailey.jpg The end result is that it is not a matter of if Knol will be spammed, but when it will happen and what form it will it take. Will it be SEO spammers using it to kick competitors out of the rankings? Will human plagiarists use the Adsense system to submit lifted content for the promise of high search results and ad revenue? Or will it be something else altogether?

Jonathan Bailey, Google Knol: The Future of Spam

July 31, 2008  6:30 PM

Overheard: Cuil will soon be a verb that nobody knows how to pronounce

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
david_berkowitz.jpg The search engine’s launch was such a spectacular flameout that it may well go down as a verb. “What happened to that Eddie Murphy movie that was supposed to win him an Oscar?” “It came and went — it got totally Cuiled.”

David Berkowitz, Do We Need Another…

There was tons of buzz this week — both in the media and in the office — about Cuil. The new search engine promised to index more sites than Google and it had some big industry names behind it. Everyone got all excited, hoping that Google finally had a real competitor. So what went wrong after the big reveal?

The engine works — it’s just not Google. And remember, Google is the supreme ruler. We build out sites for Google. We live and die by changes in the Google algorithm. Competing with Google is serious business. Literally.

Here’s how I knew that Cuil had disappointed and was already being dismissed. It hasn’t even been a week and there are already Cuil jokes.

Think about it. Have you ever in your whole entire life heard a Google joke?



David Berkowitz’s quote made me laugh, but the thing I REALLY wondered when I heard about Cuil was this — what the heck were these brilliant people thinking when they named their engine Cuil?

NEW RULE: Never name your product something you need to tell people how to pronounce. For those of you new to the buzz-swarm, the word cuil is gaelic for knowledge and it’s pronounced “cool.”

July 31, 2008  10:10 AM

Overheard: Justin Gehtland and continuous integration

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
justin_gehtland2.jpg All development teams (read: more than one programmer) have to deal with integration builds. This is where you pull together all the bits and pieces that the different team members were working on, and check to see if you have a fully functioning product or a Frankenstein’s monster.

Justin Gehtland, Continuous Integration with CruiseControl.NET and Draco.NET

Justin Gehtland is great teacher. (That’s my highest compliment!)

July 30, 2008  12:09 PM

Overheard: Jack Kelley designed the first mouse pad

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
jack_kelley.jpg Jack Kelley designed the world’s first mouse pad in 1969, when he worked at the Stanford Research Institute with Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the world’s first computer mouse.

Kelley went on to work for Herman Miller Designs, where he and Robert Propst designed The Action Office System, the first flexible, modular office space.  We know Kelley and Propst’s design as the office cubicle.

July 29, 2008  9:34 PM

Overheard: UMPC is ‘out’ – MID is ‘in’

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
mid.jpg Intel began to deemphasize the term UMPC in the Spring of 2008 and now prefers talking about “MID,” the Mobile Internet Device. Most of Intel-based MIDs currently under development are merely a better realization of the original UMPC concept.

UMPC.com website

MIDs aren’t tied to a Microsoft OS, either.

July 29, 2008  11:18 AM

Overheard: Heartbeat is the brains

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
markschoonover.jpg Heartbeat is the brains used to automate all the steps needed to determine if a node is down, and run all the steps needed to bring the spare node up as primary.

Mark Schoonover, MySQL 5 High Availability with DRBD 8 and Heartbeat 2

July 28, 2008  1:55 PM

Overheard: Social components are a GMOOT (get me one of those)

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Thank you to Geek and Poke cartoons, Creative Commons License

July 28, 2008  10:56 AM

Overheard: Version control best practices

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
anders_sandvig.jpg Many developers are sloppy about commenting their changes, and some may feel that commit messages are not needed. Either they consider the changes trivial, or they argue that you can just inspect the revision history to see what was changed. However, the revision history only shows what was actually changed, not what the programmer intended to do, or why the change was made.

Anders Sandvig, Best Practices for Version Control

July 27, 2008  1:55 PM

Overheard: Version control comments

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Thank you to Geek and Poke cartoons, Creative Commons License

July 26, 2008  12:16 PM

Overheard: i-9/11

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
lawrence_lessig.jpg There’s going to be an i-9/11 event, an event that demonstrates the instability of the Internet, and that inspires the government to a response.

 Lawrence Lessig, as quoted in Futurists: Feds to squash online freedom

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