Consider this Dilbert cartoon:
Now this actual chat transcript from http://operator11.com/shows/4992/episodes/28677
(05:18) Geek #1 Thinking about trying a Mac out – is a Mac Mini good enough for web video, or do I need to spring for an iMac?
(09:11) Geek #2 I wish the mini came with a 7200 rpm drive
(09:41) Newbie #1
theres a mac mini??
…no Geek response…
(09:44) Geek #3
When i got my new pc i spent 2 days getting vista off it and finding all the missing drivers i needed for xp
… and Newbie #1 has left the studio
So let’s talk about that barrier to entry for newbies, geek speak. In the tech profession there’s jargon that the techies use that the newbies don’t get. The sheer number of names for things is intimidating enough, and then on top of that there are all the ways of categorizing the names that just don’t make sense to newbies.
The problem is that when geeks get together, they start talking geek and leave the newbies behind. To this day, I don’t understand everything they say, but I’m not as intimidated to ask because I do understand a majority of it. What’s annoying to geeks is having to stop every other sentence (or in mid-sentence) and explain the basic concepts behind what they’re discussing. What I like about my method of writing the terms down was that I didn’t interrupt the flow of the conversation or demand an immediate explanation. I wouldn’t be able to ‘get’ the conversation like the geeks did, but at least they would provide a way for me to learn so maybe I would ‘get’ the next one.