by Gina Burgess

There is a trend by the technical guys to get even more nerdy and geeky as software gets more virtual.  Second Life is an online community that takes downloading software and all kinds of other stuff just to get an avatar in order to float around this community and do all kinds of passe or naughty things that one desires. 

Get this… Dell decided to go to Second Life and be available avatars are available for questions.  But they got the idea, I guess from Sun who announced Java as an Open Source.  That’s terrific, but as a journalist, I have no time to go to some online community and not only design an avatar but learn a new software, just to find out some tech news.  (Note the letter from I. M. Annoyed).  Well, I. M. annoyed, too.  Who has time to do that sort of cutesy thing?  I seriously doubt a bunch of IT guys have the time to surf Second Life, even if they can bypass the filters on their work systems. 

Sun making Java open source is a big deal.  It will do wonders, I’m sure, in the tech world just like Linux did.  But, chriky, it is a lot of trouble, not to mention production-stealing to announce it in Second Life.  I went there, didn’t like it and frankly do not want to go back.  The problem is that more and more companies are “setting up shop” there.  Why?  Because it is the trendy thing to do.  I learned a very long time ago that you don’t buy expensive trendy clothes because they will go out of style and there you have a closet full of expensive clothes that even the second-hand places won’t take.  What’s a girl to do?  You buy classic things and use accessories to make the trendy look.  Trends fade, classic stays.

This is great advice that techies should consider.  Why?

Because productivity means money.  Money means happy stockholders.  Happy stockholders means more money.  It’s a circle you do not want to get out of.  Therefore, if productivity of a company goes down, that means less money.  It isn’t rocket science, just common sense.  The problem with common sense is that most geeks don’t have any.  Sorry, if I hurt your feelings, but I have too many geek friends not to know this.

Apparently, Dell is going to have a virtual presence in Second Life.  So what?  Oh… yeah, at least if English is typed out, I can read and understand it.  Talking to a Dell tech, you take your chances whether you can understand the pigeon English or not, or understand the rapid fire barrage of words that sounds like machine gun fire on a late night B war movie.  Sorry if I sound bitter, but this journalist has had exprience with both and it wasn’t pleasant.

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Gina Burgess is the editor of The Tensas Gazette and a redactor for internet marketing company.  She is a columnist for Live As If.org and a site admin for Studylight.org.  Visit her blog at Refreshment In Refuge.

 

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