Thursday, August 27, 2009

Making Assumptions

Speaking of generational issues when writing--and I'm really not militant on this issue--people should not write stupid stuff like this. Knowing one thing doesn't preclude knowing something else.

To assume there's an age component to technology knowledge or awareness is foolish. Sure, I know lots of older people who don't keep up with the latest technology, usually because they're too busy with their lives to track everything new. But I wouldn't assume they didn't, just based on age.

Too bad an editor, of any number of years but with some common sense, didn't save this writer from looking ignorant and condescending.

And it's not even a clever ref back to George Carlin.

12 Words You Can Never Say in the Office
If you're old enough to understand the reference in this headline -- George Carlin, anyone? -- then you're old enough to need a refresher course when it comes to talking about technology.

We've put together a list of outdated tech terms, phrases that you shouldn't be using at work anymore because they will make you seem old. This is especially true if you're looking for a new job. For example, on an interview, you should be talking about "cloud computing," not "ASPs" even though they are basically the same thing.

This list is useful for 20-somethings, too. Now when the senior person in the office uses one of these terms, you'll know what he's talking about.

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