Tech drains English of meaning

Semantic Drain and the Meaninglessness of Modern Work makes an interesting point that a problem with knowledge management work is that much of is filler work without a fulfilling purpose. I was far more stressed as the university webmaster than as a database administrator. The webmaster job was highly subjective with people getting upset about… Continue reading Tech drains English of meaning

Terminology

This guy won the Internet for a while. “I love learning the words that their generation comes up with — both the unique ones as well as the ones where they take an existing word and give it a completely different meaning.” One of my favorite web sites is Urban Dictionary because people apply new… Continue reading Terminology

Managing Expectations

WaPo published Trump’s transcript from a recent interview with the AP. This exchange caught my eye. AP: Did they give you any sense of the timetable? Trump: I would say within a week. That’s my impression. He said two weeks. But they’re going to try and do it in less than a week. An instructor… Continue reading Managing Expectations

Framing Dangers

Hurricane Michael leveled much of Mexico Beach, which is a place I know pretty well. Spread out over my lifetime, but a rough impression is, I think, I have spent about half a year at this particular town. That would rank it third longest of places where I have lived. Several people have expressed surprise… Continue reading Framing Dangers

Non-Update

Nothing frustrates me more than the non-update. I define it as: a communication issued within the promised window of time to express the status of nothing has changed and to establish another window for an update. I am patient and willing to wait for a real update. When I see an email from someone I… Continue reading Non-Update

Acknowledgement

Trying to get a price quote from a vendor. It has been two full weeks. The first week plus was confusion within their organization who should be working on it. See, back in April they reclassified our account, so we got a different representative, which is fine. But four months later, they should not be… Continue reading Acknowledgement

Automatic For the People

This program and I are at odds over what “automatically” means. It says that the dataset is updated automatically, which is fine. Except they produce new data multiple times a day at the most frequent and every couple days at the least. The agent software is supposed to update every day. My dataset was 202 days… Continue reading Automatic For the People

“Job Title”

No one knows what is a Technology Strategist. So, a while back, I changed my title on LinkedIn to Systems Architect and Engineer. The side advantage to this is I can tell the source of where people have gotten my information. If they were looking at my Curriculum Vitae, then they would see Technology Strategist. If… Continue reading “Job Title”