The Language of Computing

While visiting my older daughter, Elizabeth, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, I attended a talk given by Jon Lindsay, Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at U of Toronto. The seminar was ostensibly about cyber security, but Lindsay mentioned a few things that set me thinking. Consider the language we use when we talk about computers: files, procedures, programs, processes, directories, folders. These terms derive directly from large institutions; more specifically, large business and government institutions. In […]