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Subject:RE: History of the IT industry From:"Andrew Warren" <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com> To:"Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com>, "Fred Ridder" <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Sat, 31 May 2008 00:56:05 -0700
Michael West wrote:
> It certainly is not suggested anywhere that the term "information
> technology" was in use in the 17th century
Right, Mike, but the term isn't even used NOW to describe anything but network administration and computer-system management. As Gene's been saying, professional software engineers and computer designers don't identify themselves as working in the "IT industry".
I mean... Take a look at that "History of IT" site whose URL you posted. NOT ONE of the books they recommend on their "primers" page has "Information Technology Industry" in its title; instead, every book calls it the Software Industry, Computer Industry, Consumer Electronics Industry, or Computer Science Industry.
-Andrew, who's been writing software, designing chips, and building consumer electronics for 25 years, but who hasn't worked even one day in the IT industry
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