Confusing entries in the Top 10 confusing tech terms
Saw this article on the BBC news website just now which basically states that from 5000 people the following seemed to be the 10 most confusing tech terms.
Dongle – Not sure I’m surprised by this. Old term, always a bit hardcore and I’m not even sure it’s used that often
Cookie – Surprised by this but then again do most people need to know?
WAP – Why’s this even on the list?! I haven’t even thought about WAP in years!
Phone jack – American term, why’s it in?!
(Nokia) Navi Key – Similarly, anything that’s made up by a company surely doesn’t count
Time shifting – Only one so far I think is relevant
Digital TV – Surprised by this given all the advertising on the BBC over the years but ok
Ethernet – I’m not sure this is relevant either – what do most people need to know about networking
PC Suite – I don’t even know what this is! Sounds very Nokia to me 😉
Desktop – Very surprised by this one
So out of 10 of them maybe 2 feel valid. I know we’re all busy panicking about swine flu but can’t we at least report on technology properly? Surely this kind of article just damages the perception of technology by readers who look at a mostly irrelevant list, say “Oh no, I must be a Luddite! I’ll never get all this complex nonsense.”
I’d expect better from the Beeb really.
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