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Maccer's or Dowzer's? Time's Up?

By Stanno ·
Consider this, as both a 'Maccer' (Apple user) and 'Dowzer' (Windows user) rightly, or wrongly (depending on taste of course, i have both conventions adorning my oh so average network 'mantle') - am i conforming to the Commercially Correct in which, i , as an average user of technology choose to run 'untested' applications, download my partner's favorite band from a Torrent, or feebly attempt to integrate hardware hacks into my humble home because that is what is expected? Am i really being forward-thinking, because i use a Mac (with Firefox and mods of course)?.

My bafflement is this my friends - of which, i am peer-forced to learn, nay, embrace for fear that i am left in the dark ages...

For those that have languished, or progressed, in the junior/senior/executive echelons of the IT industry for a number of years, or for those just popping their respective cherries on the helpdesks/admin roles - are we missing a revolution? Do we really understand where the industry is going (growing) beyond the corporate confines?

A few clicks on the 'oh so ergonomic (White) mouse' confirms my fears that, i, as an IT Exec, am far removed from where any potential employees, or customers might be looking when it comes down to revolutionary flag waving for new innovations - in a technological sense of course?

I'm not old for God's sake (35 - is that old? Maybe i'm FUBAR'd?), and i know pretty much enough for anyone in the industry - i still give 'snippets' of info to Google and Apple - apparently useful?!

Hours of searching, hours of remembering new innovations through glasses of Pinot Noir (Hic), cannot prepare me, you, us for what resides round the corner - whether i be an Accountant, a Leader, a Technician, a trouble-shooter - will i be replaced by a much younger model - a model who understands the Hacks and the the Phreaks, the true value of SOA approaches, Google Apps and Open Source etc,. - devoid, and unblemished by P & L sheets - the confines of Excel?

One thing is for sure, i see our time is finite - i'm not sad, for whether a 'Maccer' or 'Dowzer', the journey will be a cul-de-sac?.Us Brother's in Arms, we fight for them all...

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by JackOfAllTech In reply to Maccer's or Dowzer's? Tim ...

Was there a point in that ramble I missed?

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Were there

by santeewelding In reply to ????????????

I missed it, too.

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I make

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Were there

it an odd sort of fatalistic, nostalgic way of saying we're all gonna die, no matter we use Mac or Windows.


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by santeewelding In reply to I make

How you should make of it what I make of it.

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I sort of got that too

by .Martin. In reply to I make

was starting of thinking it was going to be a 'should I use Mac or Windows' shamble.

great end to the day. Just like a crazy guy running up to you screaming 'your gonna DIE!' while shaking you wildly, then running off

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I was afraid it was just me.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to ????????????

I ran it through my 'Little Orphan Annie' secret decoder ring and got "Drink your Ovaltine'.

I think he's worried that his 'ivory tower' job position is leaving him out of touch with changes in 'ground level' technologies. That, or he's preparing his entry for this year's Bulwer-Lytton competition.

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Just like Laptops

by .Martin. In reply to Maccer's or Dowzer's? Tim ...

after 12 weeks, there out on Clearance...

In life we are always going to be replaced by a younger 'cheaper' model

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by Stanno In reply to Just like Laptops

I guess it could be construed as a ramble - no denying that...

My point (there was one in there somewhere - promise), was that so much of our time is given over to 'keeping up with the Jones's' - whether in a commercial, or everyday sense - that i believe, we lose sight of the true direction that the industry is heading, and who will be leading the charge forward.

As Execs, does it really matter that we maintain an 'ear to the ground' when it comes to the industry, or emerging technologies?

Of course, we'll be replaced - that's evolution - but, like the 'shelved laptop' comparison, are we still useful despite our 'yesterday' status?

I maybe alone in my thinking, but it appears to me that there are very few really new emerging ideas - of course, some are better ways of doing the 'yesterday' stuff - for sure, and some are just re-polished turds...

The point is that somebody still needs to be able to recognize the difference - as an industry, i'm not sure we will have that capacity/inclination in the future...

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Maybe much of your time.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to In Response

None of mine is spent keeping up with the Jones in a personal sense, and very little in a professional sense.

You're dead on about the re-polished turds though. I don't find it tricky to keep up as much as determining which new technology will be useful in my workplace.

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You're not alone

by NotSoChiGuy In reply to In Response

"I maybe alone in my thinking, but it appears to me that there are very few really new emerging ideas - of course, some are better ways of doing the 'yesterday' stuff - for sure, and some are just re-polished turds..."

If you look through some older threads on TR, you'll see plenty of posts equating the rush to virtualization and the cloud as little more than a new spin on the mainframe-dumb terminal setup.

Server centric-->user centric-->server centric spun as user centric. Big whup.

Of course, this all may just be due to the explosion in population. If you have an idea that is 1 in a million, that means that about 6 thousand or so others have had the same idea, at least!

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