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Of Paradigms and Pirates

23 May
paradigm shift keyboard

Photo credit to askpang.

The other day, I talked with coworker who is retiring after 50 years at my company.  (Can we just take a minute to revel in the fact that anyone works at a company for 50 years?  ‘Cause wow.)  We talked a lot about how computers had changed the way the company operates in so many ways, from the work that we do to the ways that we interact with each other.

She’s a very nice old lady who was trying to be positive about the changes, but I could tell that, underneath it all, she blamed computers for causing change that she couldn’t keep up with.  She said that over the years, she’s learned how to use a number of programs for work, but had never figured out the computer as a whole.  Like the way you learn to say “Una mas cervasa por favor” or “Ou et les toilettes?” when you’re traveling – you know the meaning of the phrase, but don’t necessarily understand which word is which.  For her, every new program or task was another set of memorized steps – she couldn’t get to the underlying logic of it, nothing was intuitive. Continue reading

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