An Initial Reaction to Technology (Part 3 of a Series)
Getting back to computer, the top search terms include SSL, SEO. Proxy, Active X, IP addresses, ODBC, EDI, DNS, RAID, BIOS, MPLS, latency, SSID, and PPC. Do you know what each one means or stands for? Well, you should and better because nobody will actually say "Uniform Resource Locator" for URL or "Domain Name Server" for DNS anymore. We also toss around JAVA, IM. AOL, Meta, Boot, iPod, iTunes, HTML, http, spiders, QWERTY, OS, PC, SCSI, MySql, Php, Simms, spam, and "i" and "e" everything, such as "e-commerce." And that's just in the computer world.
Of course we also Fax, text, and click. Many names have become adjectives. We Google to search, PayPal to use a credit card online, Opt in or out, Blog or phish or spam anything or anyone. We're proud of our RAM, bytes, mega-pixels, site hits, , and cyber-anything. But we make up new words like emoticons, avatars, and flaming. Websites like MySpace and YouTube are now synonymous with online diaries and personal videos.
My old telephone would be pathetic compared to what my new cell phone can do. For example, I can Bluetooth and network with GPRS, Wireless LAN, EDGE, and WiFi to reach MSN, AIM, SMS, and MMS systems that allow me to connect to IM, IE, or Yahoo. Of course I use a SIM card for memory, need a PIN for access, and have a COMM manager. It also has a camera with 1.3 mp. I set the whole thing up from the CD that went into my DVD/CD-ROM drive on my iMac G4 1 ghz 1.5 gig ram computer with a10.4.8 OS. All this on a phone that doesn't even have a dial tone.
Like I first said, I enjoy the benefits of our technological world and have many of the newest gadgets. LCD tv's in HD, DVD players, MP3's, PDA's, Faxes, CD's, Caller ID's, and an MDA. But I'm finding it harder to keep up with the techno-jargon and the newest terms. I used to think of a bookmark as that thin paper strip used to save my place in a book I was reading. Spam was a brand of ham-like meat. Spiders were insects. Fishing was a hobby. All that has changed forever. And even the initials are become confusing. HD used to mean "hard drive," before "high-definition" came along. Is AAA a battery or an auto club? Is USA the network, the newspaper or a country? Even the word THE now stands for a group called Technology Horizons in Education. As you can see, it never ends, accept for this ARTICLE which stands for "A Reaction To Initials Creating Language Entropy" or, in other words, total chaos. LOL.
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Jeffrey Hauser was a sales consultant for the Bell System Yellow Pages for nearly 25 years. He graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Advertising and has a Master's Degree in teaching. He had his own advertising agency in Scottsdale, Arizona and ran a consulting and design firm, ABC Advertising. He has authored 6 books and a novel, "Pursuit of the Phoenix." His latest book is, "Inside the Yellow Pages" which can be seen at his website, http://www.poweradbook.com Currently, he is the Marketing Director for http://www.thenurseschoice.com, a Health Information and Doctor Referral site.Your Article Search Directory : Find in Articles
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