Lexicon

Wiki

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EN A Wiki is server software that allows users to freely create and edit web page content in any web browser. It is super easy to create new pages and apply hyperlinks and cross links. You could consider it the simplest online database ever. Howard Cunningham, developer of WikiWikiWeb (1995), learned the word on a visit to Hawaii, where he was told at the airport to take the wiki wiki bus between the terminals. Wiki wiki means ‘superfast’ and in this case it refers to the way a Wiki can grow rapidly because of its massive amount of contributors. Unfortunately, a Wiki has its downsides. If everybody is able to contribute, who is going to decide which information is trustworthy? Some people might even say Wikis are like public toilets: you never know who used it last.


NL Een Wiki is software die gebruikers toelaat om eenvoudig webpagina’s te maken en editeren in eender welke browser (Chrome, Firefox, …) Het is super makkelijk om nieuwe pagina’s te maken, hyperlinks en cross-links toe te voegen. Je zou het kunnen zien als de eenvoudigste online database. Howard Cunningham, de ontwikkelaar van WikiWikiWeb, leerde het woord op Hawaii, waar hem verteld werd dat hij de wiki-wiki-bus moest nemen op de luchthaven. Wiki wiki betekent supersnel en in deze context duidt dit op het feit dat een wiki heel snel in omvang kan toenemen door het aantal mensen die bijdragen. Jammer genoeg heeft het ook z’n nadelen. Als iedereen kan bijdragen, welke informatie is er dan betrouwbaar? Sommige mensen vergelijken Wiki’s zelfs met openbare WC’s. Je weet nooit wie (of wat?) laatst een bezoek heeft gebracht...

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Digital transformation, Artificial intelligence, Robots takings our jobs, ... my GOD what a scary time we live in! Right? No, not really. We live in a very exciting time of endless possibilities, of genius new answers to questions we haven’t even been able to formulate... Some people just want to make good money by starting a fire and then being hired to put it out. We don’t like that at Bagaar. No apocalyptic vibes for us, we’re too zen for that.

The intelligence game will be won by those who know how to ask & answer questions critically.

Technology is evolving at a crazy pace, absolutely, and sometimes it might be a bit mindblowing, but don’t worry, humans are still the writers of this story, we decide how it goes. At Bagaar we help our clients every day to gear up for any technological challenge they may be up to, we have a very big toolbox of digital answers to their problems and are very happy to help them in writing their own story. This time we wanted to do something not only for our clients but for everyone, our moms, the guy at the busstop, politicians, journalists, whoever may be helped with a little free knowledge.

Core message here: Trojan: Nice for the greeks, not for you.

So, we wrote this lexicon in the assumption that if people would have more information, and a bit of guidance, they wouldn’t have to feel so helpless when hearing about Digital transformation, MVP’s, Frontend, AWS, Trojans, UX, UI, ... (Que?) We assembled all the buzzwords we use on a daily basis and tried to give a down to earth, simple explanation for each of them. Take it with you, read through it when you’re waiting on a train or getting your nails done and next time somebody starts a fire, you just blow it out yourself (or if it’s too big call Bagaar).

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