RE: History of the IT industry

Subject: RE: History of the IT industry
From: "Lauren" <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: "'Andrew Warren'" <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>, "'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 10:52:55 -0700

> From: Andrew Warren

> -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

Here's a little segue my mind took while reading this. I have worked in IT
since 1995, but I've had familiarity with IT since 1993, although I've done
technical writing since 1991. My dad tries to tell people what I do and he
sums it up with, "she works with computers." Well no, I don't. I really do
not know that much about computers. I can write code and build
applications, I have worked in non-IT software development environments, but
mostly I work in IT.

My take on this issue is that IT requires tools that are predominated by
computers and digital technology. The fact that IT requires digital
technology does not mean that digital technology is IT. IT also requires
systematized human interaction. If digital technology is IT, then the human
brain is also IT. This is not true. IT requires certain tools but those
tools can exist without IT.



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