Thought for the day: IT - thank you and goodbye

Post Y2K, the IT industry offers few opportunities and it seems everyone is an expert in software. Is it time to say goodbye to...


Post Y2K, the IT industry offers few opportunities and it seems everyone is an expert in software. Is it time to say goodbye to IT, asks Maldwyn Palmer.




Well old information technology you have been kind to me through the years. OK, we have had our ups and downs, but you did pay for a lot of my lavish lifestyle.

Climbing the hill of aspiration from programmer to analyst to manager and the lofty director, back down the other side to contractor.  A lot of money has passed under the bridge of wasteful excess and now it all has to end.

It was all going swimmingly until the Y2K asteroid hit the earth and destroyed companies' bottom lines and consultants' ability to buy a Porsche.

Timid and naïve managers were bullied by greedy consultants into a year 2000 paroxysm of fear.

If your software is not approved then your company, family and pets will all die a horrible death and everybody will laugh. The voices crying in the wilderness were ignored. It only affects old programming languages and a simple search will find it. Money had to be poured on the systems or aircraft would fall out of the sky and toasters would not work.

As the aftermath left many like me without a contract to call their own, a saviour came from the internet. Yes, I started a dotcom business and hoped like others that belief could be suspended long enough for some venture capitalist to IPO my company and allow me to live in Costa del Sol with my ilk.

Unfortunately the asteroid had split in two and the second part burst the bubble and web masters became web tea-boys.

The end of the expert was sadly highlighted to me when a friend who is as thick as a plank and teaches martial arts tried to demonstrate the fine intricacies of Word to me. Although I tried to explain to him that I had forgotten more than he knew, it was too late.

Everybody is a software guru now and the arcane art of computers is even available to sports teachers.

I am considered too old for IT and must look for greener pastures. Perhaps I might take up writing for a profession, but having reading this you will most probably disagree.

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Maldwyn Palmer
was one of the first people to use the C programming language in the UK. He wrote the original mobile phone texting software for Orange and ran his own consultancy during the dotcom boom. He now writes technical articles and humorous books.

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