Word of the Day: Negawatt

negawatt n

  1. A unit in watts of saved energy. [Wiktionary]
  2. “The saving of a megawatt of power by reducing consumption or increasing efficiency.” [from Sustainability Dictionary]


Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.

Word Geek

What Words Would You Add to the Microsoft Spell-Checker?

The other day the Seattle Times profiled the Microsoft Natural Language team and their challenges in keeping the up with spell-checking since languages are constantly in flux.

Now the paper’s blog asks us “What words would you add to the Microsoft spell-checker?“. Here’s a few quotes:

A friend who works in the sciences said it’s difficult to trust the spell-checker in her field. “You think Bromodichloromethane or 4-Methyl-2-Pentanone are in there? Or whenever we use borehole the suggested correction is brothel…”

A man who works in Olympia had this question: “I’ve often wondered why a corporation based in Washington has a spell-checker that doesn’t include Walla Walla as an acceptable proper noun instead of insisting that it’s a repetition… Apparently, Microsoft thinks there’s a town called Walla, WA — where they grow Walla onions.” (Only half as delicious, I’m sure.)

Word Geek

120GB Zune on the Way?

Gizmodo has the rumor of a 120GB Zune. My gawd, the mind boggles at how much content you could stuff into that.

Gadgets / Devices

10 Most Pirated TV Shows on BitTorrent Last Week


TorrentFreak has posted their list of the top 10 TV shows downloaded via bittorrent last week, as they’ve apparently been tracking each week this year.

I’m very impressed that 2 of the top 4 are from the SciFi channel (Stargate & Eureka).

Here’s the top 4, go to their site for the full list:
1 Stargate Atlantis
2 Weeds
3 Olympics 2008 Opening Ceremony
4 Eureka


Is Google a One-Trick Pony?

Microsoft Watch of all places has this article – Google Be Gone:

My colleague Clint Boulton asks, “Is Google a one-trick pony?” My answer: Google is a magician out of tricks. The magic is gone.

Example: That Youtube purchase? Not paying off. Plus it’s a huge lawsuit liability (re: Viacom copyright spat).