Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

June 18, 2008  12:19 PM

Overheard: Social Spreadsheet for distributed workgroups

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
ross_mayfield.jpg We hope to have 80% of the features of Excel but create a better process for working across workgroups.

Ross Mayfield, as quoted in Next from Dan Bricklin: A wiki-spreadsheet combo

June 18, 2008  12:03 PM

Overheard: Web 2.0 is not about the cloud

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Enterprise 2.0 is not about the cloud. It’s about sharing information inside the firewall to solve business problems.

Wanted to jot down that thought before I forgot it.

June 17, 2008  1:36 PM

Overheard: Is Firefox 3 really ready for prime time?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
firefox-3.jpg It’s clearly come a long way, but with all the download hype, is Mozilla pushing out a not-quite solid product just for a publicity stunt?

Fahmida Y. Rashid, Firefox 3 on Linux: Questions about Stability

Today is Download Day 2008 for Firefox 3. Mozilla is attempting to set a Guinness Book of World Records for the largest number of software downloads within a 24-hour period. I sort of want to join in the fun – but I just can’t risk it today — too many fires already.

June 16, 2008  12:08 PM

Overheard: File “Mars Programming Language” under “D”

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
foo_bar.jpg “Great, just what I need. Another D in programming.”

Segfault comment

How did Mars get shortened to “D” instead of “M”?

According to the Digital Mars FAQ page:  “The original name was the Mars Programming Language. But my friends kept calling it D, and I found myself starting to call it D. The idea of D being a successor to C goes back at least as far as 1988.”

June 12, 2008  5:03 PM

Overheard: Elton Mayo

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
elton_mayo.gif “One friend, one person who is truly understanding, who takes the trouble to listen to us as we consider our problems, can change our whole outlook on the work.”

Elton Mayo

June 12, 2008  2:39 PM

Overheard: 3G iPhone might as well be EDGE

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
teddcgm.jpg I’m not so sure that all the usage won’t bog down the 3G network until it is little more than EDGE, at least for a while. Even with “regular” 3G phones, the system has encountered issues from intense usage, causing slow downs, crashes, and complete shut-downs.

teddgcm, 3G iPhone, Will the Network Crash?

June 10, 2008  8:42 PM

Overheard: Pirates of perchance

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
graham_150×188.jpg The only real limitation on your copying was the number of floppy disks you could afford!

Graham Pockett, Why I Started CFS (or “Confessions Of A Software Pirate”)

According to the Business Software Alliance’s fifth-annual study on global software piracy, softlifting is still a big problem — especially in “emerging markets.” It makes sense to me. Back in the day, a lot of us were pirates of perchance — as in “perchance we can get this program for free from a friend.”

We used to call it Warez.

Interestingly enough, can you guess what software apps the BSA says are lifted most? Symantec’s Norton Anti-Virus, Adobe Acrobat, and Symantec’s PC Anywhere.

June 10, 2008  7:29 PM

Overheard: The iPhone — death by monthly payments

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
steve-jobs-iphone.png We have had nearly 24 hours to jump out Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field and put common sense behind the announcements made yesterday – especially the company’s iPhone 3G.

Christian Zibreg, WWDC 2008: Will the iPhone 3G kill the iPhone?

Christian Zibreg thinks the money iPhone users shell out to AT&T each month is the deal killer. It is for my family.
Just as I was posting this, Verizon called and offered my whole family free phone upgrades and extra minutes. Coincidence? LOL!

June 10, 2008  2:23 PM

Overheard: Microsoft Sandcastle washed away

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
sam_ramji.jpg A number of people have alerted me in the last 24 hours that a Microsoft project called Sandcastle, located on Codeplex, used the Ms-PL and called itself “open source” yet never posted the source code. This is unacceptable and represents a violation of Microsoft’s Open Source policy. I take it extremely seriously. I have directed the project to be unpublished from Codeplex immediately, including removal of the project’s use of the Ms-PL.

Sam Ramji, Sandcastle Removed from Codeplex

Isn’t it ironic that Microsoft picked Sandcastle as the name for their documentaion tool? Now, like a real sandcastle, it’s disappeared in a wave of indignation from the OSI community.

June 10, 2008  1:53 AM

Overheard: Facebook is loving Hadoop

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
hadoop-logo.jpg Over time, we have added classic data warehouse features like partitioning, sampling and indexing to this environment. This in-house data warehousing layer over Hadoop is called Hive and we are looking forward to releasing an open source version of this project in the near future.

Joydeep Sen Sarma, Hadoop

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