Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

March 4, 2008  5:26 PM

Overheard: Open ID — not just for fanboys anymore

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
chris_markarsky.jpg Just a year ago, OpenID was more the hobby of a few fanboys than a serious challenge to the way identities are stored and managed. But in January, Yahoo! announced that all 250 million of its user accounts would become OpenID identifiers, thereby tripling the number of OpenID accounts overnight.

Chris Makarsky, I’ll need to see some ID

March 4, 2008  4:24 PM

Overheard: It is the privilege of man to learn to understand

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
vannevar_bush.gif Science has a simple faith which transcends utility. It is the faith that it is the privilege of man to learn to understand, and that this is his mission.

Vannevar Bush

Bush, FDR’s Science Officer, is generally credited with changing the way scientific research in the U.S. gets funded. His work to create a relationship between the government and the scientific establishment during WWII fostered the environment in which the Internet was born.

March 4, 2008  3:51 PM

Video: “V” stand for virtualization, sucka

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Ever wonder what Mr. T is up to? He's doing video spots for Hitachi Data System Virtualization. [kml_flashembed movie="http://youtube.com/v/tW1S2tsxVHg" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

March 4, 2008  2:21 AM

Video: Sarbanes-Oxley explained?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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Steven Zelin, the Singing CPA, sings a rather clever rendition of "Happy Birthday" to Sarbanes-Oxley.

March 4, 2008  2:01 AM

Video: Good explanation of change silos

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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 I’m not plugging Serena Dimensions. I am plugging their video — they did a nice job explaining some of the issues surrounding change management.

March 3, 2008  11:55 PM

Overheard: Operation Cisco Raider

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
fisher_alice.jpg  Counterfeit network hardware entering the marketplace raises significant public safety concerns and must be stopped…It is critically important that network administrators in both private sector and government perform due diligence in order to prevent counterfeit hardware from being installed on their networks.

Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher, as quoted in Progress Reported Against Traffickers in Counterfeit Network Hardware

Over the last 2 years, Operation Cisco Raider has resulted in 36 search warrants that identified approximately 3,500 counterfeit network components with an estimated retail value of over $3.5 million, and has led to a total of ten convictions and $1.7 million in restitution.

February 29, 2008  5:07 PM

Overheard: MS Roundtable product placement on CSI

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
csi-sm2.gif I was watching CSI: New York last night and spotted two MS Roundtable devices on a conference table.  Props to the UC guys for the product placement, Roundtables after all are very cool desktop video conferencing devices but maybe someone should tell the CSI chaps they only need to have one in the room.


February 29, 2008  4:45 PM

Video: Embarrassing videoconference moment

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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This video is making the rounds. Nobody seems to know if it’s staged or real. Either way, I can picture it happening. The only surprising thing to me is that anyone at the meeting was paying attention enough to notice. Although on second thought, I can remember watching someone spend an entire meeting twirling in his chair. He thought he was dark — and we were so entertained and suprised by his twirling that we didn’t let him know we could see him.

February 29, 2008  1:56 PM

Overheard: If it isn’t documented, it wasn’t done

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
mikie_mcginnes_sm.jpg The validation consultant’s role could be to develop requirements documents and a compliance validation plan for the client. We’d also arrange for user training, coordinate the installation and testing of the system, and write a validation summary report when the testing is complete. It’s an extremely formalized process for “kicking the tires.”

Mikie McGinnes, QA Edge Inc.

I had an interesting email exchange with Mikie McGinnes this week (pictured with her dog Chloe). She has an IT-related job I didn’t even know existed. Mikie is a validation consultant. And she loves her job!

Sometimes when you work in IT, it’s tough to explain to outsiders what exactly it is that you do for a living. Well, Mikie’s the one you call when your company needs to figure out how to prove it’s being compliant.

We need to add a definition for compliance validation to WhatIs.com. Mikie said:

When regulated industries install or change any equipment that impacts the identity, strength, or quality of their products, their regulatory agency requires that the company collect documented evidence to show that the equipment or process is operating as intended, that it produces the expected results (or product), and that the equipment or process will continue to operate as intended in the future. This “collection of documented evidence” is the validation.

February 28, 2008  3:10 AM

Overheard: Wikileaks and the Streisand effect

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
mike-masnick.jpg It’s a perfect example of the Streisand effect. This was a really small thing that no one heard about and now it’s everywhere and everyone’s talking about it.

Mike Masnick as quoted in Wikileaks Case Due Back in Court

Techdirt’s Mike Masnick invented the term “Streisand effect” after actress Barbra Streisand went to court to try and have satellite photos of her Malibu house taken down from an Internet website. The press surrounding her lawsuit actually helped spread the photos faster.

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