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Overheard in the tech blogosphere (July 2008)

Overheard in the Tech Blogosphere is like an impressionist painting about information technology. Close up, it’s just a cluster of colorful quotes. Take a step back and look at all the posts together — and you begin to see a picture of what’s going on in IT.

"Microsoft would have us believe that helping your neighbor is the moral equivalent of attacking a ship."

Who said it?

"When people hear about Twitter, their immediate reaction is that it’s the simplest and stupidest idea in the world. They do not want to know that their brother is eating a hot dog right now, but then they discover that their friends are on it. And so are the L.A. Fire Department, NASA and JetBlue. Then they get it."

Who said it?
"I hate to say it, but the best (and likely only) way to get ROI in social media is to run social media conferences."

Who said it?
"The Meta Group reports that the downtime cost for each company in the Energy Industry is $2.8 million/hour; in the Telecom Industry $2.0 million/hour; and for Financial Institutions, $1.4 million/hour."

Who said it?
"I believe that one real area of opportunity for [Microsoft] Hyper-V is in bringing small businesses into the world of virtualization."

Who said it?

"The storage admin now has a new use for the time freed up by fast-and-simple allocation: monitoring the use of the virtual provisioned devices and their supporting pools."

Who said it?

"What started to get under my skin was the fact that I spent a lot of time writing XHTML, but serving it as text/html. Why? Because the servers to which I was publishing are configured similarly to 99% of the other servers powering the Internet."

Who said it?
"Data center construction is probably the only healthy segment of the building industry."

Who said it?
"I shoot video using my cell phone all the time. Transferring it to other sites was a major pain until Qik came around. Using Qik, any video you shoot is streamed live, and also archived at the same time, so you can watch it again later."

Who said it?
"The various iterations of the iPhone Configuration Utility could be successfully used in smaller, depot-style support environments, but the tools as currently structured lack the security and remote reach for large deployments to use effectively."

Who said it?
This was last updated in August 2008

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