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nightowl
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"I began my career [...] in the early 80’s, as an engineer at [other company]. At that time, we were just beginning to scratch the surface on transforming commerce and social media with the implementation of the cloud."

This is from an e-mail from our new CEO to introduce himself to the company...

Social media? The cloud? In the 80's?

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  • 2
    Getting old is scary you know?
  • 4
    Well, we had BBS:s with FidoNet - I guess that it could be referred to as a "cloud computer" with "social media".

    The phone bills were astronomical though :-)
  • 3
    Look! Flashy words! Let me add them
    to my intro to people that know what they mean, I am sure they will not be brave enough to call me out.
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  • 0
    Why does it only show this much of a link !

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
  • 1
    Typically, network diagrams represented the Internet as a cloud. But that's really as far as this can be made relevant.

    I know there were older services that offered file uploading/downloading and others that you could communicate through, but calling them "cloud" and "social media" is stretching it IMO. I'd have a certain level of expectation about the capabilities of such services when those phrases are used.
  • 2
    > calling them "cloud" and "social media"

    > is stretching it

    Oh I don't know about that !

    What today many call 'social media' is what I call a stripped down almost kid like version of what we call 'social media'.

    As to cloud, well, we had networked storage, user file areas, back in the 1980's, even modem connections, slow but it worked, after all, a 5k WordStar text file doesn't take up much room.

    Today, the same file could easily be bloated to 50k, or 500k if its on a website with a pretty frame.
  • 0
    Networked storage doesn't automatically make it a "cloud". It's simply a file server. There is the phrase "the cloud is just someone else's computer", which to an extent is true but in that case I'd expect it to be accessible from everywhere, with the files being replicated and backed-up, possibly sync'ed automatically with a local system.

    Could I call a staircase an elevator because it lets me travel between floors?

    In any case, how does "transforming commerce and social media with the implementation of the cloud" make sense?

    Surely this would translate to something like: "selling products/services and exchanging messages via networked file storage"?
  • 1
    > Surely this would translate to something

    > like: "selling products/services and

    > exchanging messages via networked

    > file storage"?

    I reckon they was trying to sound modern and used a term folk might gasp better than networked file storage.

    Sort of PR, strip away the technical terms and make it sound jazzy.
  • 0
    > Could I call a staircase an elevator because

    > it lets me travel between floors?

    Both things have a simple term now.

    Maybe when the elevator first came out, they called it the moving staircase. :-)

    I'm reminded of this:

    https://youtube.com/watch/...

    > Paternoster: Eastern Europe's

    > 'Elevator of Death'

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
  • 0
    A good example might be an MMORPG, could I say I wrote one before the internet, or should I say MMNRPG ?

    (Massively Multiplayer Networked Role-Playing Game.)
  • 1
    Obviously, it's aimed at a wide audience, many of whom won't care about the content and least of all this paragraph. It just seemed funny to me as someone that has used the Internet since back in the 90's and would never use these "trendy" terms to describe them :)

    Re MMORPG: Well, we had (and still have) RPGs, some of which can be played with a handful of friends on a LAN or even via the Internet. The "MMO" part indicates that hundreds/thousands of players can play in the same virtual world. I doubt there'd be hundreds of people playing the same game on the same LAN (I'd want to be part of that LAN!) If someone says "MMORPG" I assume it's a game with many players on the Internet.
  • 1
    What would you call a MMORPG played by snail mail ?
  • 0
    I remember on a computer course we had a LAN, but we wasn't A) Allowed to play games, and B) Program..

    So writing games for it would have been the height of wrong !

    I sometimes think, how things would have turned out differently, had we not just been allowed to do that, but encouraged !
  • 0
    Reminds me of two folk I heard about, one in the USA, and one in the UK, did both the same kind of thing, October Sky film, whilst the UK kid was told to stop playing with rockets and is now a taxi driver..
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