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Is data-gathering becoming a cliche?

I have been in IT for some 17 years, ever since I achieved my City and Guilds Certificate in Computer Science and Information Technology from the ETC Southall College of Technology (SCoT).

Back then, Information Technology meant the "acquisition, storage, manipulation and distribution of data, in its many forms, mainly electronic".

I joined TR in September of 2002 and since then have watched as the questions in Tech Q&A have become less and less IT oriented.

Not many seem to be able to "acquire" information any more. The number of questions I have seen that would have been quicker answered had the user just visited one of the more erstwhile search engines beggars belief.

What does it take to search on Google or Bing or Yahoo what the licencing structure of Exchange 2007 is? Or whether a Canon Cyberthing battery will work on a Phillips Surething camera, blah, blah?

What does it take to email/call/text/walk to/stalk/surveil a manufacturer for info regarding one of their product before posting a question on TR?

Nowadays, we have such a vast array of tools at our disposal that data gathering should be easy, at best.

Whenever I have had to trouble-shoot/repair an IT system, the first thing that I have had to do is to exhaustively (as far as possible) search the inter-web. Even just to make sure that the answer is not "out-there", before throwing my hands in the air in despair! I have even been known to visit a library, and/or, read a book.

Not so, these new techies.

We are being blighted by a new type of 'techie'. A new type of sys-admin. The lazy Sys-Admin. This beast cannot be bothered to 'Google' stuff anymore and as such the collective knowledge of the future System Engineers has become a bottomless cess-pool of mindless IT admins, whose only satisfaction is to sit back and let others do their work.

Discuss...

...then deduct 2 cents.

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