Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Name For High-Tech Grief

Donald Knuth wants A Name for High-Tech Grief.

On his news page, Donald poses the following question.
But what do we call the combination of helplessness and agony that affects us when our computers or computer-based appliances do inexplicable things, for which there's no apparent workaround?
He provides an initial list of candidates gathered from friends.
  • cyber despair (David Eisenbud, Talin)
  • technitis (Chuck McManis)
  • compu-terror (Steve Diamond)
  • cyber burned or cyburned (Betsy Zeller, Dave Marvit)
  • digital dread (Aza Raskin)
  • techno angst (Jono DiCarlo)
  • irritable bit syndrome (Charles Merriam)
Donald suggests people test the list in real world situations. Perhaps a winner will emerge.

Does anyone have suggestions for additions to the list?

Here are a few off the top of my head:
  • Control-Alt-Hate
  • bit rage
  • computermyalgia

On the other hand, this might be a non-issue. Computers are a fad.

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