It’s Cold in the Information Age

Gartner Research's Hype Cycle diagram by Jeremy Kemp

I can’t help but observe from a chat with a friend, that IT is in a bit of a
crises
, a “Trough of Disillusionment”.

“It doesn’t seem to me that there is huge progress on anything.”

  • #cryptowinter – nevermind the toxic FUD in the (poisoned?) “community”
  • Virtual Reality Is STRUGGLING
  • AI & ML has certainly peaked expectations
  • Intel seems to have stalled
  • lots of soul searching seems to be happening in Javascript (frontend) land, folks are getting burned out! #realtimeWeb
  • that Internet speeds never seem to get better faster or more reliable
  • still sad that Uber left Singapore. GoJek & Grab are duking it out, but it just feels like more of the same. Nevermind the sad state of bike sharing & electric stuff in Singapore
  • kubernetes’s insane complexity proliferating #devops (i personally found supporting k8s shocking)
  • the never ending AWS new stuff and accompanying complexity 😉
  • the Web losing the 3rd browser engine, Edge, leaving us with Webkit (blink is pretty much the same guys) & Gecko effectively
  • the fact that only big corporates seem able to weather the storm whilst a lot of smaller ventures are in pain/poverty

It’s too easy to get depressed in the information age we’re in.

Beside being all doom and gloom, I am trying to seek out positives. The only
thing I can think of is that all my laptops (thinkpads & Apple MBP) are now
rocking USB-C PSUs. It’s so nice not to worry about what charger is where now.
One cable for Internet &
power
feels like great progress.
Anything else anyone?

My tact to deal with this pain is to try as I usually do.. reduce and shun complexity. Try not to burn out.

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