Sabtu, 14 November 2009

An Initial Reaction to Technology (Part 3 of a Series)

I embrace new technology and get excited about the possibilities. But I?m fast becoming overloaded by the amount of new terms I need to understand and remember. The latest trend is even more frightening because it doesn?t involve any words at all. It?s the use of acronyms or initials for almost every aspect of the electronic age. Of course we?re all used to using URL?s and dot coms on the web or net. Beginning with WWW in a phrase is second nature. We can Google a name and check email easily. Many of us connect our USB?s to our CPU?s or Firewire our HD?s or hook up MP3?s. Speaking of cables, we are now also using MIDI?s, DVI?s, HDMI?s, S-Video?s, RGB?s, HDTV?s and that?s just for audio and video. How can we keep up with that?
Getting back to computer, the top search terms include SSL, SEO. Proxy, Active X, IP addresses, ODBC, EDI, DNS, RAID, BIOS, MPLS, latency, SSID, and PPC. Do you know what each one means or stands for? Well, you should and better because nobody will actually say ?Uniform Resource Locator? for URL or ?Domain Name Server? for DNS anymore. We also toss around JAVA, IM. AOL, Meta, Boot, iPod, iTunes, HTML, http, spiders, QWERTY, OS, PC, SCSI, MySql, Php, Simms, spam, and ?i? and ?e? everything, such as ?e-commerce.? And that?s just in the computer world.
Of course we also Fax, text, and click. Many names have become adjectives. We Google to search, PayPal to use a credit card online, Opt in or out, Blog or phish or spam anything or anyone. We?re proud of our RAM, bytes, mega-pixels, site hits, , and cyber-anything. But we make up new words like emoticons, avatars, and flaming. Websites like MySpace and YouTube are now synonymous with online diaries and personal videos.
My old telephone would be pathetic compared to what my new cell phone can do. For example, I can Bluetooth and network with GPRS, Wireless LAN, EDGE, and WiFi to reach MSN, AIM, SMS, and MMS systems that allow me to connect to IM, IE, or Yahoo. Of course I use a SIM card for memory, need a PIN for access, and have a COMM manager. It also has a camera with 1.3 mp. I set the whole thing up from the CD that went into my DVD/CD-ROM drive on my iMac G4 1 ghz 1.5 gig ram computer with a10.4.8 OS. All this on a phone that doesn?t even have a dial tone.
Like I first said, I enjoy the benefits of our technological world and have many of the newest gadgets. LCD tv?s in HD, DVD players, MP3?s, PDA?s, Faxes, CD?s, Caller ID?s, and an MDA. But I?m finding it harder to keep up with the techno-jargon and the newest terms. I used to think of a bookmark as that thin paper strip used to save my place in a book I was reading. Spam was a brand of ham-like meat. Spiders were insects. Fishing was a hobby. All that has changed forever. And even the initials are become confusing. HD used to mean ?hard drive,? before ?high-definition? came along. Is AAA a battery or an auto club? Is USA the network, the newspaper or a country? Even the word THE now stands for a group called Technology Horizons in Education. As you can see, it never ends, accept for this ARTICLE which stands for ?A Reaction To Initials Creating Language Entropy? or, in other words, total chaos. LOL.


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