by Roopinder Tara, Tenlinks.com
I’ve probably sat through hundreds of presentations given by excited CAD executives. So many times has one of them pulled out his iPhone to make a point that I am sick of it.
I can see it coming as they reach in. Then they pull it out. It's followed by something clever, like:
"10 years ago, it took a roomful of computers to do what this little thing does. I don’t need a user manual to operate this."
Hey! Look, just cause you have an iPhone, it doesn’t mean we all do. We might secretly want one, but that only makes us more resentful.
And stop porting all your software to every darn Apple product. Have any of you tried to look at E-size drawings on an iPhone for more than a few seconds? Yeah, it’s stupidly small. How about running CFD [computational fluid dynamics] on a MacBook Air?
I don’t have any Apple computers; nor am I yearning for any. (My daughter is; she is way cooler than me.) When I look around, I don’t see any engineers using them. Not for production work. Just writing this will ensure that I will be pelted by Mac enthusiasts, but like mysterious forces others insist upon, I still deny their existence without visual proof.
And while I’m at it, can you CEO guys stop trying to relate with us common folk. It’s not coming off. Your experiences are not our experiences. We are not jetting around the world. A few of us lucky ones may come to your annual user conferences; we don’t mind that you have to go all over the world, that’s OK, you run multinational companies. But even if your tools of the trade are smartphones and iPads, ours are still workstations with big hulking monitors, usually two of them. You can keep issuing news that this and that is now running on a laptop. Means nothing to us.
Oh, and another thing. We all might all have wives and drive cars in common, so we might let you get away with a little good old fashitioned wife/driving humor. But when the wife is driving a Mercedes... not cool.
Anybody else got any pet peeves? Besides bloggers going on rants, I mean.
[Reprinted with permission from CAD Insider.]