terms such as SSL and
OSI Model make the top 15 tech terms nearly
every week, technology trends (like everything else) often come and
go with the changing tides. Technologies still in their infancy
branch off into wireless or Web-based variations before standards
are even written in fine print.
As we begin 2006, it's good time to take note a number of new computer and technology terms added to
Webopedia in 2005. In our top 10 Tech Terms list we have some technologies
that could be considered the best new technologies
to hit mainstream in 2005, while others represent new technologies
sure to make even more headlines in 2006.
While not a new technology in the world of
supercomputing, 64-bit computing is
heading to desktop PCs. With Microsoft's long-awaited 64-bit operating system
available, it's only a matter of time until more choices for 64-bit software
become available thereby making 64-bit computing an attractive solution for
business and home computing needs.
A dual-core processor has many advantages especially for those looking to boost
their system's multitasking computing power. Dual-core processors provide two
complete execution cores instead of one, allowing the operating system sufficient
resources to handle intensive tasks in parallel. Both AMD and Intel filled the
press release wires with Dual-Core announcements in 2005 much to the delight
of multi-taskers everywhere.
IPS (intrusion prevention system)
2Virus and security debates continue to abound, bringing
intrusion prevention systems (IPSs) and
similar solutions to the forefront of technology this year. The theory is that
by investing in prevention systems, business can save on downtime and recovery
with the real-time monitoring and alert benefits provided by an IPS solution.
What was started by hackers is now seen as a new breed of Web-based application. Over the last couple of years, Web services have expanded to become
more popular with application developers and for good reason. Web services
technology represents an important way for businesses to communicate with each
other and with clients as well. Mash-ups mix at least two different services
from disparate, and even competing, Web sites.
While blogs first appeared in 2004, in 2005 blogs and blogging went mainstream,
especially with the introduction of moblogs. Mobile blogging (called mblog or moblog for short) has
added to the blogging trend for 2005. With the increased demand for consumer and
business mobile devices, we're certainly not surprised to see moblogging gaining
In an attempt to bring faster Internet connection services to homes and
businesses where DSL and cable aren't options, Satellite broadband has been
making the news. While DSL and cable still put it to shame,
dial-up users are watching this technology with interest.
With phishing scams running rampant, so is the information on how to protect
yourself and your company from them. Looking to mess up those well-laid-out
plans comes the new phishing spear phishing. In theory, spear
phishing is a bit more risky since this type of phishing attack targets a single
user or department within an organization, where the e-mail appears to be from
someone within the company in a position of trust.
Voice over Internet Protocol
(VoIP) definitely gets the vote as "The Term" for 2005. From the capability
to place a call to the other side of the world via your Internet connection for
free, to large corporate and enterprise telephony savings it looks as if the
buzz surrounding of VoIP, as hot as this topic already is is just the beginning.
In a world that loves wireless, we were not at all surprised to see discussions
run from VoIP to VoWiFi (which is essentially the wireless version of the
technology which enables people to use the Internet as the transmission medium
for telephone calls). We certainly expect to hear a lot more buzz about VoWiFi
in the coming year.
Saving time and money was on the agenda for many small businesses in 2005, and
helping them to achieve this goal is Web collaboration. Rather than racking up
hours of long distance charges and paying large support teams, Web collaboration
packages and tools offers the back-end
software or service that allows your center to share Web pages with customers
while offering voice and text chat assistance or to conduct single or multi-user
conferences and seminars.
Did You Know...
Satellite's success is keeping many multiple
system operator (MSO) executives up at night. The cable
industry's two biggest players will emerge slightly bigger as a
result of the dissolution of a third, but the industry overall
will experience little organic growth. Both satellite and cable
are preparing to address the threat of the deployment of video
services by telcos in 2006.
Vangie 'Aurora' Beal
Last updated: January 27, 2005
What Is 64-bit Computing?
When reading about PCs and servers, you'll
often see the CPU described by the number of bits (e.g., 32-bit or 64-bit),
here's a little info about what that means.
AMD Multi-Core Technology
This AMD technology Web page provides an
overview of AMD multi-core technology.
This Intel technology Web page provides an
overview of Intel dual-core processors and Hyper-Threading technology.
Mash-Ups Begin Rolling Out
Since Yahoo released an API for Yahoo Maps,
developers have started releasing "mash-ups" that overlay various types of info
on top of Yahoo Maps. Here's a list of a few of them.
EasyMoblog is an open-source platform for
personal blog and moblog.
Satellite Equals Broadband Lite
This SBC article details the role of satellite
broadband in small business computing, and discusses its benefits and many
Spear Phishing Pokes at Enterprise Users
An e-mail security company says the incidence
of very specific phishing attacks, so-called "spear phishing," is on the rise.
What SMBs Need to Know About VoIP
Replacing existing internal phone systems with
VoIP networks can cut costs, simplify administration and enable a variety of new
applications that improve collaboration and productivity.
802.11 news, commentary and information.