10 Replies to “A perfect description for the British Computer Society ?”

  1. Reading Geek Night – I then spent ten minutes expounding to one of the Berkshire BCS stalwarts that albeit their membership was largely harmless, why I see the BCS itself as a potential force for great evil in the future of British IT…

  2. Digital Natives is a trendy term for those who have grown up in IT and the Web.

    Digital Immigrants, similar for the baby boomers who have moved into this space.

    But amongst the BCS I note a pattern of those who used once to be natives of their era, but who have absconded to somewhere simpler where padded with nostalgia for X.25, System/360 and DOS they can sit, drink tea and complain about how Information Technology is going to hell with all this Facebook stuff, and [true story] “NoSQL” is a flash-in-the-pan, they’ll rue the day they didn’t use a RDBMS to cache their URLs [/true story]

    Hence “Digital Expats”.

    I note that there is no term for we who made this space in which everyone else plays and who have remained. “Digital Old Farts” lacks elegance.

    As to how the BCS could well be evil, prod me to write more in the morning – I need to get some shuteye and sleep off the remainder of this ‘flu.

  3. Aha, I see where you’re coming from. Using an RDBMS for URL caching is crazy, I agree – sometimes, all you need is a big ol’ hash table.

    Looking at the teetering software stacks commonly deployed, NoSQL seems like a breath of fresh air – and I’ll bet there’s more where it came from. I like to think a similar approach can do for software architecture, what RISC did for instruction sets – although as happened with some RISC instruction sets, there’s plenty of scope for the exercise to go horribly wrong, too. Better ARM than Itanium.

    “Digital pragmatist” might be acceptable to the old (or, like me, getting that way) farts who have stuck around.

    Looking forward to seeing your view on why the BCS might be evil; “better to be inside the tent…”, as they say. Hope you’re feeling better in a few hours.

  4. The BCS always seemed to be full of people from the previous generation of computing.

    During the 1980s it was full of data centre managers from the 1960s who said that micro computers were merely toys (even though they were more powerful than the machines they ran) and they’d never come to anything.

    I’d call them “Digital Geriatrics” as it seems to be the digital equivalent of an old people’s home.

  5. Well there are 70,000+ members of BCS so I think you might be over generalising just a little!

    Also average age of the membership has been falling year on year for some time, so that even if there were some kernal of truth in what you say it is perhaps becoming outdated. Average age is currently 35.

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