Assumed technologies

I just had a client ship me a laptop. We never discussed what OS the computer would run. I haven’t opened the box yet, but I imagine it’s running Windows 10.

I’ve had clients assume I run Windows, but also others who assume I run Linux or Mac. I don’t recall anyone asking me whether I used a particular operating system.

When clients say “I’ll send you some code” without specifying the language, it’s usually Python. Maybe they’ve seen Python code I’ve written, but my impression is that they assume everyone knows Python.

Some other tools people assume everyone uses:

  • Bash
  • Git and Github
  • Skype
  • MS Office
  • Signal
  • Google apps
  • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Markdown

When I was in college, nearly every computer I saw ran Unix or Mac. I had no idea that the vast majority of the world’s computers ran Windows. I was in a bubble. And like most people in a bubble, I didn’t know I was in a bubble. I wish I had seen something like this blog post.