Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com


June 27, 2008  3:52 PM

Overheard: Talking about Twitter

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

whiteboard.gifApparently there are still a lot of people who are trying to explain what Twitter is all about. WhatIs.com Associate Editor Alex Howard rounded up some of the A-list explanations, adding his own two cents to the conversation.

Here’s mine.

What is Twitter? Twitter is the electronic equivalent of the white board you used to have on your dorm room door.

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June 26, 2008  8:05 PM

Overheard: The next killer technology could be nano

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carole_bass.jpg Nano enthusiasts see it as the next “platform technology” — one that will, like electricity or micro-computing, change the way we do almost everything.

Carole Bass, Nanotech: The Unknown Risks

Carole Bass provides a good overview of some of the dangers nanotech poses — she’s not yelling fire, but she urges us to investigate any smoke.


June 26, 2008  5:53 PM

Overheard: Why women go to the restroom together

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Dave: I always knew womens restrooms were nicer than what we guys got. Now I see they have server rooms in there too?!?!

Just Kelly: Damn! Our secret’s out! Oh well. At least now you know why we all go in at once. LAN PARTY!!!

Alex Papadimoulis posted a good “sometimes life is stranger than fiction” story over at The Daily WTF.

It seems MacGyver got a job at Jen Frickell’s company. The best comment of all was this one from a guy named Dave. His post? “Can that server room door be locked, or does any woman in the company have access to the servers?”


June 26, 2008  4:41 PM

Overheard: Bill Gates had “just a little trouble” with Moviemaker

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“Still no moviemaker. I typed in movie. Nothing. I typed in movie maker. Nothing.

So I gave up and sent mail to Amir saying – where is this Moviemaker download? Does it exist?

So they told me that using the download page to download something was not something they anticipated.”

Bill Gates, as quoted in Full text: An epic Bill Gates e-mail rant

I feel your pain, Bill. I wish I had seen this side of you earlier!


June 26, 2008  3:55 PM

Quiz: Writing for business — any more, anymore

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Which one is correct? 

It’s hard to believe that Bill Gates won’t be working at Microsoft _____.
a. any more
b. anymore

Continued »


June 26, 2008  3:11 PM

Video: Intel, HP and Microsoft team up for a TV commercial

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

– Just wanted to share this one…I love it.

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June 26, 2008  12:29 PM

Overheard: PGP is just an envelope

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
phil_zimmerman.jpg Perhaps you think your E-mail is legitimate enough that encryption is unwarranted. If you really are a law-abiding citizen with nothing to hide, then why don’t you always send your paper mail on postcards?

Phil Zimmerman, Why do you need PGP?

Phil Zimmerman is an interesting guy. You may remember that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California tried to put him in jail for making his email encryption program, Pretty Good Privacy, public. It was a crazy story.

So what’s he up to now? VoIP security.


June 26, 2008  3:27 AM

Quiz: Writing for business — is, are

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Which is correct?

Jeff Bezos, as well as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, _____ going to be at the conference.
a. is
b. are

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June 25, 2008  1:01 PM

Quiz: Writing for business — have or has

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Which is correct?

Each of you _____ contributed a great deal to the success of this project.
a. have
b. has

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June 24, 2008  10:05 PM

Overheard: The secret to Wikipedia is Squid?

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domas-mituzas.jpg “Down time used to be our most profitable product.”

Domas Mituzas, as quoted in A Look Inside Wikipedia’s Infrastructure

Domas Mituzas works as a MySQL support engineer for Sun Microsystems in his “day job.” He says that Wikipedia has 200 application servers, 20 database servers and 70 servers dedicated Squid cache servers.

Guess we  need to define Squid!


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