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As you might imagine, I get asked regularly - normally in the tones of someone expecting me to respond by crumbling into tearful wailing or angry stonewalling - whether IT is a real profession, or whether it is possible to define IT, or something clever about the rapid changes of technology.
Meet the new hotness, same as the old hotness, almost...
My deeply sardonic sense of humour doesn’t always sit well with my genuine, puppy-like, idealistic enthusiasm. I’m prone to poking holes in my own polemic. For example, this paragraph is really pretentious. Sorry.
For most of my adult life I’ve had a passion for open standards; ever since I had a basic grasp of how technology affects society. It’s repeated ad nauseum that Sir TB-L and CERN made the web what it was by opening up HTTP/HTML. It is true though, and it is good.
Since travelling the floor at our big health informatics conference, HC2013, I have been mulling over a couple of things. I think nursing might be at a crossroads. I also think that hospitals need to recognise the power of a commodity market and open standards.
With a title like that, some readers may be expecting a scathing attack on politicians for their ignorance about technology. That may well be true, but it is also true that a lot of technologists are ignorant about politics.
I'm going to rant for a moment. For a long time it has aggravated me immensely whenever someone upon introducing themselves or talking about their role says 'I'm not technical'.
IT professionals love marketing terminology *cough*. OK, perhaps love complaining about marketing terminology. I was inspired to write this post by a thoughtful LinkedIn thread in the BCS Membership group. The general thrust of it was irritation over misuse and hype around the term cloud.
‘The Director’, a.k.a. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Distinguished Fellow of this august institution is coming under a bit of flak for having crossed the Rubicon. He’s said ‘yes’ to including playback of protected content in the HTML charter. Gosh. How exciting.
2014 will be (the/yet another[delete where applicable]) year of moronic tech predictions…including this one: This year will be about wearable tech! Awesome!

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