Away from blogging but microblogging instead


I love it. I hate it.

I just said this in response to an email in which I felt the sender to be puffing up his technical know-how by talking down to me. Little did he know I speak English, not because I can’t speak geek, but because I find English does the job better.

So I tweeted into the ether (where he won’t follow or understand I was frustrated with him): “The OSI model was dead already in 2004. So why do smug folk use the jargon, albeit incorrectly, when trying to outgeek me?”

Then I remembered a lovely poem worth repeating here…

The Very Model of a Modern Network Architect

I am the very model of a modern network architect,
I’ve information presentation, transport, session, Oh See Net,
I know about the X.400, X.500 Standard set,
I am the very model of a modern network architect.

I carry all the data via integrated LAN and WAN,
With gateways, bridges, routers I can form a Global Network plan,
And clients talk to all their servers end-to-end with seamless ease,
Assisted by creative use of APIs and RPCs.

Protection of the network I achieve with great security,
Through DES authentication I can send a message tamper-free,
I verify the user with a cryptographic public key.
And access to an object must be gained from my directory.

I run the system from an integrated single-window view,
And manage all financial transfers with a store-and-forward queue.
In short, the many network layers I apply to great effect,
I am the very model of a modern network architect.


Lyrics by Dan Sullivan Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan — Bob Tinkelman, Cambridge Computer Associates, Inc., 212-425-5830, As found copied from Net Funny.

One thought on “Away from blogging but microblogging instead

  1. When you try to outgeek someone, you go with the most convoluted jargon you know that others probably do not know.

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