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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!
I once was called a street project manager. It was by my boss at the time, in answer to my question as to why I had been given a particular project rather than someone in the team who had far more experience.

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