December 20, 2008 – 11:48 am
In the spirit of the holidays (which ever holidays you prefer), here’s a bit lighter posting (rest assured, there are plenty of upcoming more technology focused postings in the works) about what many folks in the northern hemisphere are either dreading and dealing with, or, enjoying this time of the year and that is SNOW.
From the deserts of Las Vegas NV to New England, from Canada to Texas and most points in between and that’s just in the U.S., its that time of the year for SNOW (while friends from Oz remind me its summer down under this time of the year).
With that in mind and knowing how IT or other tech savvy folks enjoy or depend on the use of acronyms, buzzwords and so forth, here are some reworked terms in the spirit of the northern hemisphere winter season. You might want to down load "Valley Winter Song" (e.g. the song from the LL Bean commercials) rom Fountains Of Wayne via Amazon.com or some other venue if you have not done so to enjoy with your snow or working on your holiday shopping list.
Some acronyms include among others:Backup Target – Where a lot of shoppers are waiting in line or stuck in trafficBackup – Getting out of a snow bank, stuck in traffic, what the snow plows do sometimesBattery backup – Spare or extra batteries to put into all of those new toys and gadgetsBC – Before Cold sets inBest practices – How to use the snow removable equipmentBus driver – person driving the metric transit bus full of holiday shoppers and revelersCapacity planning – figuring out where to pile up the snowChain of events – Car driver on cell phone, Car hits ice, car slides into another car, chain reaction accidentCloud – where the snow comes fromCluster – Many cars piled up together stuck in traffic, nothing moving, see gridlockCompress – Pile the snow up, let it settleDAS – Direct Attached SnowplowDR – Doctor to go see for your cold or back ache from shoveling snow or too much holiday cheerFibre Channel – How to get the weather channel on local cableGlobal warming – What those dealing with snow might like to see a bit of right nowGenerator – Essential equipment for geek’s and techno folksGreen – What the snow is now covering on the golf courses in much of the northern hemisphere colder areasGrid – how the traffic highways are plugged with stopped cars and holiday shoppersGrid lock – Encryption and security for grids or traffic jamsHardware- Snow removable equipmentILM – iPhone Loves MultimediaInfiniBand – Giant bow around holiday presentsiPhone – I will call you latteriSCSI – What some are referring to the slippery and dirty roads todayMSP – Managed snow removal professionals, or the Minneapolis / St. Paul Airport where holiday travelers may be strandedNeed Another Shovel (NAS)Networking – Talking with your neighborsNFS – Nevada Fresh SnowNorth pole – Future location for Google to keep their storage and reduce cooling costsOffline – Power outage or, snow plow gets stuckOffsite – where the snow gets moved tooOnline – where most snow bound holiday shoppers should be shopping instead of being stuck in the snowOptics – Evening light shows during holiday paradesOutsourcing – Have someone else remove the snowPC � Payment CardPCI – Payment card industry that is busy this time of the year processing credit card transactionsPOS – Point of sale, plain old shovelProvisioning – going to the store and stocking up on food, fuel and other essentialsRAID – Remove All Ice DailyRAIN – Snow before it freezesRemovable Media – Chasing the news crew off your property after the nightly light showReplication – Repeated snow storms in a rowROI – Remove old IceSAS = Sleds and SnowSANd = Stuff at the beach in the summer, stuff on the road in the winter timeSPAM – Hormel productSATA – Santa without an "n"Shipping tapes – How 3M gets tape from their factories to you for gift wrappingSingle instance – Rare snowstorm like what happened in Las VegasSLED – snow sled with a disk Dedupe – Let the snow piles shrinkSlide ware – Picture on the wall of a nice tropical warm place while the snowstorm is outsideSnapshot – Picture of the snow on a tree Restore – When the power comes back onSNOW – Storage Networking Organizations West or, Storage Networking outsource WorldSoftware – What goes in the Wii or play station during a snowstorm (if you have power)Spanning tree – very big tree with lots of snow on itSRM – Snow removable management, or, Sunday Rolls into MondayStandby power – Waiting on the phone for the power company to answer during an outageTape – What 3M makes to wrap presents withTiered servers – Wait staff at a restrauntTiered storage – How snow is piled to maximize spaceTweet – What takes place on twitter or perhaps from eating too much sweetsUPS – The people in the brown trucks bringing things from Amazon and others
Have a safe and happy holiday season and enjoy the snow while you can.
Ok, nuff said.
Greg Schulz – Author Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press), The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC Press) and Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier)
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