I like to think of myself as a reasonably tech competent kind of person. As in I actually recognize a pretty fair number of technical terms for things an understand what many of them mean.
However it seems like there’s new one’s being created all the time and there’s just no way anyone can possibly know them all. The problem there is when somebody is talking about their favorite tech niche and starts dropping all these terms as if everybody knows what they’re talking about.
Joey can be this way sometimes. He was going on about some bit of hardware he wanted, one of the big features he liked about it was that it had HD Native MADI. I had to stop him right there and ask just exactly what that is.
This turned out to be a mistake.
After taking a moment to get past his disbelief that I didn’t know what he was talking about he started rattling off things about it.
After an hour or so of listening to him I think I did a reasonable job of convincing him that I understood what he meant and excused myself, claiming (truthfully) that I had some things to do that just wouldn’t wait.
In actual fact about all I got out of the conversation is that apparently it’s a computer transmission protocol for electronic music devices. I even looked it up on wikipedia and to be honest, most of what’s there is Greek to me.
Does this mean that I’ve fallen that far out of the technical loop? No. Not really. I think it just means that I’m simply not as far into music and music technology as he is and really, I’m ok with that. To me music is something I listen to once in a while because I like how something sounds. I really don’t care in the least about the details of how it happens.