User Virtualization Emerges As Tonic For Nagging IT Headaches

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 6 06:50:22 UTC 2012

Wilson Gray wrote

Thanks for your response Wilson. When I wrote that the Wikipedia
article "cites a Language Log post by Geoffrey K. Pullum" I was
referring to reference number 1 in the Wikipedia article. Reference
number 1 contains precisely the useful link that you have given above.
I read this Language Log post a few years ago, and again before I

> On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 10:59 PM, Garson O'Toole
> <adsgarsonotoole at> wrote:
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>> Victor Steinbok wrote:
>>> Here's a particularly egregious instance of "words for snow"--and one
>>> trying to escape attention by using "the Sami people of Scandinavia".
>> The claim that the Sami people "do have hundreds of words for snow" is
>> contained in a Wikipedia article about "Eskimo words for snow" (on
>> January 5, 2012).
>> This Wikipedia article discusses the number of words for snow in
>> languages in the Inuit language group. However, it treats this as a
>> distinct question. The article cites a Language Log post by Geoffrey
>> K. Pullum about this question.
>> This post is not a claim about the accuracy of the Wikipedia article.
>> It is useful to know what the "hive-mind" is synthesizing on this
>> topic I think.
>> [Begin excerpt]
>> The "Eskimo words for snow" claim is a widespread misconception
>> alleging that Eskimos have an unusually large number of words for
>> snow. In fact, the Eskimo泡leut languages have about the same number
>> of distinct word roots referring to snow as English does.[1][2] In
>> contrast, the European Sami People, an indigenous circumpolar group,
>> do have hundreds of words for snow.[3][4][5]
>> [End excerpt]
>> [Continuation of Victor's post]
>>>> The Sami people of Scandinavia are said to have hundreds of different
>>>> words for snow. The technology known broadly as user virtualization
>>>> doesn't have nearly this many, but its growing importance in IT
>>>> industry circles has spawned a number of alternate descriptions, such
>>>> as 'workspace management', 'persistent personalization' and 'profile
>>>> management'.
>>>> However it's defined, there's no question that user virtualization
>>>> solves difficult problems for IT departments. Its central purpose is
>>>> managing an individual's data, personal files and applications as a
>>>> distinct layer that's separate from the hardware, operating system and
>>>> application layers.
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