17 August 2005

"Did you get the memo?"

I’m still floored that people who lament the lack of
majors/women/minorities/non-nerds/funding in academic computer science
continue to use the terms “computer science” and “information
technology” interchangably.

As I mentioned a few weeks

corporate “information technology” embodies everything that’s
repelling people from the field. Computer science is what people do
in research labs and academic departments. Corporate “information
technology” is what people do in Douglas Copeland’s
for instance:

“...reworking old code for something like the Norwegian
Macintosh version of Word 5.8.”

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