A curious article claiming that We are in the final years of our internet — I disagree — led to a conversation on Twitter which led, in turn, to me appearing on a podcast.
The podcast in question was in James Purser’s series Purser Explores the World, and the episode was entitled Tomorrow’s Geek.
I ended up talking about my path into geekery via an interest in the space program, railways, and the Angle Park Computing Centre; old-school programming styles; my thoughts on how the internet is changing power relationships; my opinion of consumer pseudo-geeks; how future geeks will be hacking DNA and drones, and other stuff.
Also appearing in this episode are network engineer Mark Newton and notable geek Liz Quilty.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 46:12 — 31.7MB)
That audio is precisely as posted by Mr Purser, i.e. I haven’t turned it into my usual Conversations format.
Pet gripe: the use of the word “solution” in (originally) the IT industry and now, seemingly, everywhere.
Wikipedia doesn’t give it it’s own page, merely saying:
In business, a solution is a product, service, or combination of both which is said to solve a business or consumer’s problem; the term is often considered an overused and unimaginative buzzword.
So when I saw this truck (pictured) in Stanmore yesterday afternoon I wondered, “WFT is a ‘tree solution’?”
I assume this guy is an arborist, or “tree surgeon”. The former ain’t great marketing in the 21st Century ‘cos it’s latinesque, but I can live with the latter — after all, he’s a bloke what cuts down or fixes trees, yeah?
Other annoying buzzwords for me: “business ecology”, “DNA” (when used to talk about “our business’ DNA”), “space” and “Web 2.0”. Any others?