Re: History of the IT industry

Subject: Re: History of the IT industry
From: Ned Bedinger <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 31 May 2008 10:43:53 -0700

Geoff Lane wrote:
> On Saturday, May 31, 2008, Fred Ridder wrote;

> I'm not sure about networks being necessary for IT (unless you include
> sneaker-net and snail-mail). However, the technology is 19th Century
> with Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine and Ada Lovelace's creation
> of what many consider the first computer program.

The Jacquard loom WAS built in the 17th C.

Babbage designs have now been built. Nathan Myhrvold owns one!

Andrew Carol must be from the other Endians.

I think the singularity--the arrival of the electrical or electronic age
--should be the demarc where the modern concept of IT began. Electric IT
is to manual/steam/water-powered tech what electromagnetic medical
imaging is to palping. We've turned a corner and reinvented ourselves
while inventing IT, so let's call anything before it not it.

FWIW, I think IT in our context means what we use it to signify. It
appears to be well on the way to meaning IT organization (not the
industry), but I believe I remember when the organization was called IT

IT Support has such an arcane ring to it, like three inches of dust on
it. No one with any hint of the mutation that spawns jargon would say
the full name more than two or three times, especially not after hearing
someone else shorten it to IT. Everyone seems to refer to it as IT, like
"the people IT are the keepers of the IT zoo."

Have fun,

Ned Bedinger
doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com


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History of the IT industry: From: Michael West
RE: History of the IT industry: From: Fred Ridder
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