Opinion: the10 most exaggerated tech terms

Thomas Wailgum lists his pet hates when it comes to IT buzz-words

Here are my 10 favourite (and most frustrating) tech terms that have been altered, contorted and massaged by some of today's leading tech vendors.

1. Cloud Computing: If there's an Internet connection somehow involved, then it's definitely in the "cloud." Right? Wrong! (And, for what it's worth, attaching "Cloud-Based" to something is even sketchier!)

2. 4G Speeds: Hmmm, the malleability of 4G is reminiscent to when the "broadband" label was applied to dial-up "up to" speeds. C'mon wireless carriers, you aren't telling the truth!

3. Leading Vendor: If by "leading vendor" you mean a "seven-person staff, with five customers (one of whom is your uncle) and a desperation to be acquired really, really soon," then I guess all those startups actually have every right to use the marketing slogan.

4. Online Security: Right now, there's a guy in Estonia sneering at your "security solution." Hey, maybe we'll fix this next decade?

5. Valued Partner: Except when that partner decides not to renew its licensing agreements, and then the vendor treats that valued partner the way Michael Corleone treated his valued brother Fredo.

6. Don't Be Evil: How 'bout just a teensy, weensy bit evil when we feel like it, because we have good intentions?

7. Facebook Privacy: FB's privacy policies seem to change as often as Zuckerberg's T-shirts.

8. Thought Leader: If you've ever had a decent thought (or perhaps even two or three insights) that you Tweeted or shared on Facebook, that does not make you a thought leader (or guru orinfluencer or expert).

9. Generally Available: If a vendor's product is still having its "tires kicked" by a "select set of customers" (otherwise known as beta testers) and has got more bugs than The Roach Motel, then it's not close to GA, folks.

10. Robust Solution: I just threw up in my mouth.

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