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How to tackle the divide between techies and non-techies at work

When you work among techies, you learn a lot of things.

You learn that most of them are pessimistic about the upcoming film The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and their faithfulness to the book. As a rule, you learn that techies like Linux and hate Microsoft. Among many other useful things, you also learn at work among techies how they really, really feel about technology.

Even ......

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Thats just too bad for them. Anyone who panders to these lower beings by attempting to help them use or understand technology is on a fools errand, and worse, is enabling slovenly and irresponsible behavior.

This view of technology and its users isnt too different from the old joke about an expensive restaurant where there are no prices printed on the menu. A patron asks nerv......

Full article >>> s tech divide if youre on the tech have-nots side of the river. First of all, dont get mad. Dont get defensive. Dont call your tech colleague a geek (its a compliment to them) or a tech weenie or a dweeb or a nerd.

In his eyes, you are just a suit, a clueless bureaucrat or an empty-headed marketing (or HR, finance, manufacturing, etc.) flunky. Dont get going down the barb-throwing path if......

Full article >>> hat you have worked from in the past and found to be more specific or clear than the one I wrote? That would be helpful for me to see.

Why do I ask you, as the non-techie conversation partner, to bend like this? Why not just pull rank, get mad or remind this arrogant pinhead that the sales you enable pay his salary? Because showing some restraint and directing the conversatio......

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