The process of applying a software patch or update to an older version of software than the update was initially intended for. Backporting most frequently refers to a fix for a security flaw applied to an older version of the software that’s still supported by the developer, but one that isn’t the most recent release of the software. Backported packages running on older Linux distributions are another popular form of backporting.
Depending on the evolution of the software, backporting an update or patch to an earlier version of the software may involve something as simple as changing a few lines of code all the way to undergoing a massive modification process that involves an extensive overhaul of the entire software code. Software developers may take on the responsibility of officially backporting their software themselves, or a backport may be created and released by authorized or unauthorized third parties and users.
- a Leap Second Bug
The 2012 Leap Second Bug refers to computer glitches and outages resulting from the leap second that added an extra second to June 30th, 2012 in order to keep atomic clocks in line with the planet Earth. An extra second is periodically added to the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in order to compensate for Earth’s […]
A free service that provides instant messaging, phone calling, video messages and video chatting with up to twelve other users. First released in 2007, ooVoo currently has more than 46 million registered users and is available as a platform-independent Web client as well as for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems and Google […]
- GridGain Big Data
An open source Java-based tool for real-time big data processing. GridGain is an alternative to Hadoop’s MapReduce that is compatible with the Hadoop Distributed File System. It offers in-memory processing for fast analysis of real-time data. The open source version can be freely downloaded or you can choose to purchase a commercially supported version. GridGrain […]
- Video Chat
Technology for conducting audio and video interaction in real time between users at disparate locations. Video chats are typically conducted via a computer, tablet or smartphone device (also called videophone chatting), and may involve point-to-point (or one-to-one) interaction, as in the case of FaceTime and Skype, or multipoint (or one-to-many) interaction, as in the typical […]
- Microsoft Surface Tablet
Surface is the name of Microsoft’s Windows 8/RT tablets that debuted in late October 2012. There are two versions of the tablet: Surface and Surface for Windows 8 Pro. Surface runs Windows RT for ARM processors and is 0.36 inches thick and weighs 676 grams. Storage options include 16GB and 32GB options with support for […]