Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

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

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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

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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

July 25, 2008  2:19 PM

Overheard: Robert Metcalfe

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
robert_metcalfe2.jpg I came to work one day at MIT and the computer had been stolen, so I called DEC to break the news to them that this $30,000 computer that they’d lent me was gone. They thought this was the greatest thing that ever happened, because it turns out that I had in my possession the first computer small enough to be stolen!

Robert Metcalfe on the trials and tribulations of inventing Ethernet

Sometimes I forget how young the Internet is.  Here’s an interesting video of Robert Metcalfe talking about “what’s next.”

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July 25, 2008  12:34 PM

What is IT? The birthplace of Silicon Valley

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
hpgarage.jpg Birthplace of Silicon Valley

This garage is the birthplace of the world’s first high-technology region, “Silicon Valley.”  The idea originated with Dr. Frederick Terman, a Stanford University professor who encouraged his students to start up their own electronics companies in the area instead of joining established firms in the East. The first two students to follow his advice were William R. Hewlett and David Packard, who in 1938 began developing their first product, an audio oscillator, in this garage.

California registered historical landmark no. 976

July 24, 2008  10:38 PM

Overheard: There’s big bucks in e-paper and e-book technology

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
jennifer-colegrove.jpg Flexible electrophoretic displays used for e-books and e-paper will grow to a US $1.7 billion industry by 2013.

Jennifer Colegrove, as quoted in Esquire to Put Digital Moving Pix on Mag Cover

Esquire magazine is putting a scrolling electronic paper display cover on 200,000 magazines this September. Some have called it a publicity stunt, but I think that’s short-sighted. The real ‘ooo and ahhh’ is the effort that went into bringing the technology to the newstand. It’s a baby step, but we’re moving in the right direction. Remember when National Geographic put a holograph of an eagle on their cover? We didn’t really think that all magazine covers would become holograms, did we? No. We just applauded the technology behind it. And rightly so. Just take a look at your Visa card — and then sit back and wait to see all the ways we figure out how to use electronic paper display technology.

July 24, 2008  6:22 PM

Overheard: Leveraging the role of the CIO

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
farnsworth_alan_2005.jpg In a move apparently designed to reduce poor alignment and create strategic opportunity, Bausch & Lomb, the eye care company, has merged its customer service and information technology functions together under CIO Alan Farnsworth.

Michael Krigsman, Bausch & Lomb reduces IT boundaries
(Alan Farnsworth pictured left)

It’s heeeerrrre.

Is this the first harbinger of what the future holds for CIOs around the world? Was Nicholas Carr right after all? Has IT become so integrated into business that the CIO not only doesn’t have to have a technical background — he also has to have a second job within the company?

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