5 Tech Terms Boomers Should Use at Work with Millennials
5 Tech terms boomers should use that have become Common Expressions
- Pivot—it’s what you do when plan A doesn’t work out the way you thought. You pivot to plan B. We’ve all lived long enough to have pivoted many times. We got married, got divorced, we lost our jobs, and “we picked ourselves up and dusted ourselves off, “We called it changing. It’s pivoting now.
- Data point—Wikipedia defines data point as a statistical set of measurements on a single member of a statistical population. In other words, as a Boomer mom who believes her son should call her more often—I’m a data point of one. I’m guessing I’m a data point of many, but since I haven’t seen actual survey results on this request, I will concede the fact to my son, “I’m a data point of one.”
- Brain-dump—it’s sharing information—usually new information and sometimes complex. For example, your grandson Alex comes over to fix your computer. He shows you how to run the fixit program and check for other simple issues. Your husband comes in the room and you say, “let’s get together at 7 p.m. for a brain dump where I can share all the info I learned from Alex today.” Watch Alex and your husband be stunned.
- Bandwidth-in technical terms it refers to the range of frequencies (not the speed), or the measured amount of information that can be transmitted over a connection: the higher the frequency, the higher the bandwidth. In common language terms, it means the amount of information one is capable of processing at any given time
- PING—traditionally this term refers to an Internet program used to determine whether a specific Internet address is on-line. Now it’s been morphed (changed) into the lower case spelling of ping and means “get back to me by email or text.” Use this expression when one of your kid’s says to you, “have a good flight home. Safe landing.” You respond with, “ok, I’ll ping you when I get there.” And then send the obligatory text “landed”……Read more