Saturday, July 24, 2004

Oh, couldn't resist another post today...

The author forgot my category, though (advanced cat herding concept development)... but I do have to laugh at MS-certified types listening to Britney. Wonder what Cisco-certified people listen to (probably adult contemporary)?


The Training Camp is an "accelerated learning" training outfit that puts IT pros through intensive, two-week courses -- think of it as French immersion, but without the rich food and fine wines. The academy took advantage of its captive audience to survey the contents of its students' MP3 players. According to the company, different categories of IT professionals have distinctive -- and consistent -- musical preferences.

Since half-hearted attempts to contact Training Camp founder Robert Chapman haven't yielded any results, I'm going to go out on a limb and do some interpreting myself. A quick summary of the results:

* Microsoft-certified professionals lean toward mainstream pop, with Britney Spears, Dido and Beyonce topping their list. Hit me baby one more time with those OS patches!

* Security folks like their '60s alt-rockers. They dig The Doors and Hendrix, but The Grateful Dead is the farthest out, man. (I find this worrisome . . . I hope that new Trojan isn't harshing your buzz, dudes.)

* Linux professionals are into electro -- The Orb, Underworld and Kraftwerk were the Top 3 -- which I suppose is appropriate: they're both disciplines based on sampling someone else's work and trying to turn it into something cooler.

* Developers are metalheads, favouring Megadeth, Iron Maiden and Slipknot.

* Database administrators are into indie bands, the favourite being -- yikes -- The Smiths (representative sample lyric: "Heaven knows I'm miserable now").

* Project managers are classic rock afficionados, with Pink Floyd and Queen topping the charts. Pompous, overblown and overrated. I'm drawing no conclusions . . .

* CIOs and IT directors listen to classical music in an obvious effort to fit some kind of executive stereotype.

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