Posted by Lewis on December 20, 2004
In Reply to: Logon to our website posted by Bob on December 18, 2004
: : Or rather, don't because we don't require a code/password and so there is no logon.
: : Having had the doubtful pleasure of logging in to my workplace IT service daily for the past twenty years it's nice to be able to visit websites that don't require a login. The BBC who usually pride themselves on precision in language, are having an advertising binge on promoting their website just now, and keep inviting us to login there.
: : Picture me, ranting 'no, no, no' at the tele.
: : Perhaps the language just hasn't evolved fast enough to keep up with IT. Another one that gets me is 'computer expert'. If you work with computers there's not much else you can be apart from an expert. There was an attempt to invent 'software engineer' a while back but it didn't seem to stick.
: I'd venture that "computer geek" is half-way to expert. Or "propellerhead" and "gearhead" seem a notch down from outright expertise.
lots of people use computers without much (if any) understanding about how htey function. it can be somewhat like driving - you can do it without understanding how their innards work.
I would have thought 'computer specialist' is apt for somebody who understands computers as a general expert - 'software engineer' relates only to programs - writing/programming code is done by 'code monkeys'.