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mriff 11-10-2012 12:47 PM

Ecosystem
 
I really don't like it when the word ecosystem is used when discussing cellular phones. For instance:

Both the Microsoft Windows Phone 8 and Apple iOS platforms are exclusively designed and optimized to run on very specific hardware configurations which results in a more controlled ecosystem (fragmentation virtually nonexistent), easier deployment of firmware updates and a more stable mobile computing experience.

What?! :?

Ecosystem is properly defined as "a system formed by the interaction of a community of living organisms with their environment".

Makes no sense to me.

Ok, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Motorcycle Mama 11-10-2012 01:27 PM

Re: Ecosystem
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mriff (Post 1791809)
Ecosystem is properly defined as "a system formed by the interaction of a community of living organisms with their environment".

Wrong.

The definition of an ecosystem includes the interaction of a community of living organisms and the non-living factors and elements in the environment.

mriff 11-10-2012 05:54 PM

Re: Ecosystem
 
Not wrong. There are various definitions, all having to do with living organisms and biology. Define it how you will, the word ecosystem has nothing to do with handheld operating systems.

daphne 11-10-2012 09:13 PM

Re: Ecosystem
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Motorcycle Mama (Post 1791812)
Wrong.

The definition of an ecosystem includes the interaction of a community of living organisms and the non-living factors and elements in the environment.

The definition I saw with this verbiage referred to soil, minerals, water and sun light. That didn't include electronic devices or operating system platforms.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecosystem.

Actually it was this.
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ecosystem

mriff 11-11-2012 09:40 AM

Re: Ecosystem
 
Thank you Daphne, for posting additional definitions. It just seems so out of place to hear someone talking about an ecosystem while discussing technology and phones. Anyway, it's nothing more than a pet peeve of mine as I work in biology, and seemed to fit well here in the Rants and Raves directory.

Carry on.

dc/dc 11-11-2012 12:30 PM

Re: Ecosystem
 
I have used the word, but I see what you're saying. I'll have to think on a good synonym. :)

mriff 11-11-2012 12:52 PM

Re: Ecosystem
 
You may not have to dc, as it seems to be getting commonly accepted, oddly enough.

Motorcycle Mama 11-11-2012 02:59 PM

Re: Ecosystem
 
The usage of the concept of digital ecosystem has been around for over a decade.

mriff 11-11-2012 05:39 PM

Re: Ecosystem
 
News to me. I've only seen this usage within the last year or so.

eco-, a prefix mostly relating to ecological or environmental terms.

Again, not a big deal. I just don't like it.

daphne 11-12-2012 11:58 AM

Re: Ecosystem
 
It's a bastardization of the English language - I don't much like it either. But, as my friend who is an English professor might say, it's part of the evolution of the language.

NJBlackBerry 11-12-2012 12:23 PM

Re: Ecosystem
 
"Apps". That's the definition of a digital ecosystem. Lots and lots of apps.

TBOLTRAM 11-13-2012 05:10 PM

Re: Ecosystem
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by daphne (Post 1791932)
It's a bastardization of the English language - I don't much like it either. But, as my friend who is an English professor might say, it's part of the evolution of the language.

I would vote for non-intellegent design myself.


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