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Posted Tuesday, May 26, 2009 4:16 AM


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Posted Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:35 PM
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Agnostic as in software that is database agnostic, meaning it will function irrespective of the type of database used with, is a ridiculous buzzword that is also a serious misnomer.
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Posted Tuesday, May 26, 2009 11:28 PM


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Utopia - Also in a software perspective (We are progressing our software to a utopia)


I get chills every time I hear it.
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Posted Tuesday, May 26, 2009 11:51 PM


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Evolve - as in evolution - ape to man. We use it when we sell our software to say how our system can grow over time to suit the customers needs.

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Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2009 2:41 AM
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Rolled in - Already part of the software

Set in stone - Fixed in code - rolled in(think writing on a granite tablet). Usually refers to parameters or a design decision that is unlikely to change.

Bits - Executable (and associated assemblies) of a program/project. Could you send me the bits.

Some of these have been around since mainframe/COBOL days. Have to say the latter is much younger and makes me laugh as its slang for bodily parts in these waters. Always makes my eyes water when someone asks for us to send them the bits.

What ever happened to English, eh?!
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Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2009 6:26 AM


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To add a historical term that doesn't get used much anymore, how about 'killer app'. Back in the early days of computing, that meant an application that would cause people to purchase a computer for no other reason than to run the app. When spreadsheets were invented, it caused accountants to by Apple 2 computers. I bought my first Atari in 1985 for the word processor.

It's not quite dead yet (to spin off of Monty Python). My mother bought a computer and uses it for only two reasons: email and solitaire.

I raise this because it may be helpful for us to continually ask the question, "why do people use computers, really?" Most people have a very limited group of applications that make them own a computer. Identifying these functions can be very helpful in determining hardware requirements. Maybe we could come up with a name for these apps as a group? Maybe app-pack?


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Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2009 6:34 AM
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The always amusing Raymond Chen's blog entries about Microspeak:

http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/tags/Microspeak/default.aspx
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Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2009 6:52 AM
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Shouldn't "Long Pole" be "Poll" as in "starting it going and waiting for a response"...? Otherwise there is a risk of confusion with the long [barge] pole with which we don't touch those Beta releases...
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Low Hanging Fruit is one that I hear often related to easy to execute tasks, easily solveable problems, etc. As in, "these items that the client is requesting are low hanging fruit. Get them added and then we will look at the items that require heavy lifting." These terms are not necessarily software or IT specific but that is where I have heard them the most.
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Utopia - Also in a software perspective (We are progressing our software to a utopia)


What makes that buzzword extremely funny is that Utopia means "no where" . Origin is from Greek where "U" means "no" and "topia" means "place" and was the title of Sir Thomas More's 1516 book about a island of perfection.

So the phrase can be translated to "We are progressing our software to no where"


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