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Commercial understanding of the Techie

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For those of us that are privileged enough to work in environments where we “interface” directly with Techies (a Techie is a term, derivative of the word technology, for a person that displays a great, quite possibly even obsessive, interest in technology, as well as high-tech devices, particularly computers. Notably, techies express a disregard for any technology that could possibly be considered obsolete, even if the technology or process in question might only be considered obsolete within the techie community. Consequently, techies are also often early adopters. ...) on a daily basis, it is extremely important to understand that you are not dealing with a conventional person.

Thus common English does not really register in the techno-sifi world. Statements are meaningless and humour is lost in translation.

 

So from a perspective of safety and sanity here are a few expressions used by techies that I have converted into English for all commercial people to jot down and hopefully get a better understand of this interesting creature …

 

  1. “Yes we can do that…”

Every techie believes that he/she/IT has the power to redesign the world, this is a common view shared with all techies. If left alone they could solve problems that us mere humans have not even started to contemplate.  A good question to ask a techie when confronted with the reply,” Yes we can do that” is great can I have it by Friday the 1st of July 2007, in doing this you are forcing the techie to commit to a date.

 

  1. “Yes this will take 8 man hours to develop…”

How many times have you heard this, “8 man hours” this always makes a techie or for that matter a techie department sound very efficient but the truth is that yes it will take one of our techies 8 hours to develop but first we need to schedule the development, secondly we need to assign a techie to work on the project thirdly we need to assign a project manager to manage the project… Eventually we can derive a formula from the techie department that entails evolution and Elbert Einstein’s theories into a deployment date of 13 of May 2455 give or take a day.

 

  1. “What do you mean…”

This is a very common question from a techie, basically they are saying that in all their infinite wisdom, through their years of studies and work experience they have never come across as big an idiot as you. A good retort here is to say, come now don’t be stupid let me draw some pictures to explain…. Ps after using this I got given the deployment date of 13 of May 2455…

 

  1. “I’m working on it…”

I am still to define what this means it techie talk…I think that due to the fact that we exist on the same plain on being but in different dimensions time and work have no correlation, very deep I know but that is the techie…

 

  1. “We have had to delay the project…”

Be worried, be very worried, this statement means that there has been a catastrophic problem in the underlying code (language techies use to talk to each other and computers), they don’t really know where this came from and are not really sure how to solve it but like the government worker STRIKE its there and its slowing everything down.

 

  1. “We have decided to scratch the rewrite our underlying platform in the new code…”

This means that an over ambitious CTO came across a new coding language while surfing the Open Source libraries and decided that its time to re scale their current antiquated coding language. After deploying to many recourses and time into the new code the companies realises that it’s futile to change due to the nature of their current infrastructure and thus cancels the change.

 

  1. “You use Microsoft, hahahaha….”

Yes I have left the best for last, techies do not work with Microsoft/Window on their pc or laptops like the rest of us, they prefer to work with bad graphic and lots of dots. This all stems from Bill Gates making to much money from a product that most of us commercial people understand and use on a daily basis…I think its envy… Defining this statement from a techie perspective would be like asking a punk rocker if he likes if he likes West life… West life being the POP, main stream band… Yes that’s its Microsoft is like West life, they have had loads of hits, but not one that I can remember… So to conclude techies don’t like main stream they prefer punk rock…

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What is Podcasting?

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On a recent trip to China I came across a wise NINJA who taught me a lot....

I have gone out into the world to spread his word, luckily he is on You-tube so the word is easy to spread...

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What would you Like? Social Blogging Questions

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Social networking is growing every day.

So here's a simple process of how  you can play an active role in product development.

Quite simple,

1. Do you own a cell phone?

             if yes please proceed to question 2

2. What would you like your phone to do or what applications would you like your phone to have?
       a. music
       b. games
       c. what would you like....

3. Would you pay to have this on your phone... or for your phone?

4. How much would you pay?
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Mobile, New, Fun, Hip or Just Catchy

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As the wonderful world gets even more mobile it’s important that you as a 21 century gorgon (person) keeps up with the latest trends and fashions.

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Mobile Content and Your Phone

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The joys of owning a mobile phone are endless but all can turn horribly wrong if you don’t pay attention to the small print.

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TV on Your Mobile FONE

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TV on your Phone...

I cant say that I am a fan of the 3G revolution, yes I have made a few video calls and yes I have connected up my phone to use in place of Iburst for a data connection and yes I have watched Cartoon network on my Sony Ericson K800i but I am not a fan...

I must admit that I was extremely sceptical about the whole concept at first of watching TV on a Phone, I had tried the video calling function on my phone and the quality was absolutely shocking. Secondly why would I want to watch TV on my phone???

This all changed recently when I came across a new type of technology being tested called DVB-H or Digital Video Broadcasting - Handheld. Yes I know not another money making scheme but hey if it adds value to my daily life why not! I recently came back from ASIA and got to see some very practical situations where a TV in your phone would come in handy, like sitting in waiting rooms, sitting in Joburg traffic or going to loo...

Its quite practical but best of all the quality is amazing, DVB-H is an actual process of turning your mobile phone into a TV and receiving an actual broadcast signal.

So what’s the diffs, well 3G you lose quality but have the ability to request the programme you want to watch while DVB-H gives you great quality but you lose the ability to ask for programmes on demand. In layman’s terms, DVB-H is like a TV signal sent by DSTV, while 3G is a request sent to one person when they ask for it.

So when will this become a reality in South Africa? Searching the web I see that multichoice is currently working on a solution and if you own a
Samsung P910 handset, you might be able to cut into there free trial broadcast.

I found a map on www.mobiletv.nokia.com/technology/dvb that reflects current deployment....



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Telkoms hold over ADSL

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I have never been one to complain about Telkom's ADSL price since I am an internet junkie

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Online Competitions

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{mospagebreak}Well let’s see, I have never one a competition in my life
and over the last few months I have
tried to enter as many online competitions as possible...


But yes you guessed it, Im still to win anything,

So to increase the odds of somebody I know winning
something I am going to post once a week a list of
all the competitions I can find on the web, the
prizes might vary from a tooth brush to a car but
I will try source as many competitions as possible
for all of you out there is blog land to view and enter.


Here are some competitions for you to enter now...


http://www.getawaytoafrica.com/content/magazine/competitions/mag/comp1.asp

http://www.getawaytoafrica.com/content/magazine/competitions/mag/comp2.asp

http://www.getawaytoafrica.com/content/magazine/competitions/mag/comp3.asp

http://www.getawaytoafrica.com/content/magazine/competitions/mag/comp4.asp

http://www.exclusivebooks.com/hp07/competition.php?PHPSESSID=9fa44b7c3a808a0a1bce176f7e905276

http://www.kidsonline.co.za/KidsOnline%20-%20Perfect%20Steps%20Competition.htm

http://www.urbanmamas.co.za/content/view/291/174/

http://www.safarinow.com/news/Article.aspx?id=74&category=1

http://www.getawaytoafrica.com/content/magazine/competitions/fuji/fuji.asp

http://www.getawaytoafrica.com/content/magazine/competitions/readertop10/survey.asp

http://www.getawaytoafrica.com/content/magazine/competitions/fathersday.asp

Techie competition
http://elgg.sse.rdg.ac.uk/competitions/weblog
http://my.opera.com/widgets/blog/

Writing Competitions
http://www.firstwriter.com/subscriber/competitions/search/database.cgi
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/communicate/blog/blog_competition.shtml
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/01/show-us-your-university-campus-in-3d.html
http://www.firstwriter.com/competitions/poetry_competition.shtml
http://www.firstwriter.com/competitions/short_story_contest/

General Competitions
http://www.loquax.co.uk/
http://www.free4me.co.za/featured_offers
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/pac_ctnt_988_leader/text/0,2829,DIY_26336_59623,00.html?affiliate=blocker&omnisource=G+contest
http://www.roadtov.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=14
http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk/competition/secondlife.asp
http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk/RUAP/index.asp
http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk/competition/crazybitch.asp

Animal Comps
http://www.cutestpetcontest.com/?gclid=CLarmMyKtowCFRcGEgodnRG7Rg

Gaming
http://freeola.com/bingo/
http://cheats.freeola.com/
http://chat.freeola.com/
http://www.1in3000.com/spot_the_ball_competitions/


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    Nokia comming Back Strong

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    Blaauwpan Dam ver ACSA

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    Its a sad sad day for nature conservation in South Africa,

    Ekurhuleni Metro Municipality (The former East Rand) has sold  Blaauwpan dam to Airports Company of South Africa(ACSA). Blaauwpan dam has been hit over the last three years with not one, not two but three fuel spills from ACSA. Its quite strange that first we have fuel spills and now they are able to buy the Nature reserve from Ekurhuleni Metro.

    So let me see, yes to all those hungry developers out there that are battling to get property, all you need to do is spoil the land, that way you are entitled to buy it...

    Well done to the Metro and Well done to ACSA, destroying our urban ecosystems to create concrete ones, my kids are looking forward to the fumes.

    I have taken a snip from the SABC news report on the last spill

    The Airports Company of South Africa is facing fines of up to R15 million, this after the Environmental and Conservation Association laid criminal charges against ACSA following last month's jet fuel leak into the Blaauw Pan, in Kempton Park. More than one month on, and clean-up operations still continue at the Blaauwpan after 1.3 million litres of jet fuel spilt into the pan last month, filling the air with a thick stench making it hard to breathe. But environmentalists have ruled out the possibility of any contamination in the air.

    Please see the links below for more information
    http://www.sabcnews.com/south_africa/general/0,2172,140249,00.html
    http://www.urbangreen.co.za/current/regulars/11-5upfrontblaauwpan.htm
    http://www.info.gov.za/speeches/2006/06111014451001.htm
    http://www.fosaf.co.za/WCweb/emailwebcomt14.html

    Im not sure if anybody will read this but please feel free to add any information you might have about this.....

    kurhuleni slammed for selling park for 'a mere' R10-million

    10 Sep 2002 - Sunday Times -

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