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    Definition of ECOSYSTEM

    : the complex of a community of organisms and its environment functioning as an ecological unit....
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    Doesn't mean they have to be organic.
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    Welcome to evolution of communication in the modern world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeet1981 View Post
    Doesn't mean they have to be organic.
    ecosystem

    noun (Concise Encyclopedia)

    Complex of living organisms, their physical environment, and all their interrelationships in a particular unit of space.


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    I also find it somewhat silly that the word has entered the tech sector, but we can blame professors at Harvard, University of California-Berkeley, and University of California-Irvine. Business ecosystem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Dude, get used to it. "Upgradation" didn't used to be a word. Now it's in tech dictionaries around the world.

    ...

    And I freakin' HATE that word.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeet1981 View Post
    Doesn't mean they have to be organic.
    Definition of ORGANISM

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaj324 View Post
    Definition of ECOSYSTEM

    : the complex of a community of organisms and its environment functioning as an ecological unit....
    What word would you provide as an alternative?
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    ecosystem is generally thrown around by smug iFanboys to bash anything that doesn't cost 5x what it should and is missing an i infront of it.
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    Organic can also mean "carbon based".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isror View Post
    ecosystem is generally thrown around by smug iFanboys to bash anything that doesn't cost 5x what it should and is missing an i infront of it.
    No, ecosystem is not exclusive to "smug iFanboys" at all.

    Right or wrong, it's enter the lexicon for all phones/devices and it's a good way to describe the interrelationship between devices of the same or related platforms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lak611 View Post
    Organic can also mean "carbon based".
    Yes, Carl Sagan taught me that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lak611 View Post
    I also find it somewhat silly that the word has entered the tech sector, but we can blame professors at Harvard, University of California-Berkeley, and University of California-Irvine. Business ecosystem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I blame global warming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpelti View Post
    What word would you provide as an alternative?
    That's a good question. Platform or operating system just don't have that "all-inclusive" sound to them. Environment maybe...
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    Quote Originally Posted by socialcarpet View Post
    No, ecosystem is not exclusive to "smug iFanboys" at all.

    Right or wrong, it's enter the lexicon for all phones/devices and it's a good way to describe the interrelationship between devices of the same or related platforms.
    It is my opinion that ecosystem in technology terms is generally thrown around by smug iFanboys; that's when I see it used. Every time an argument comes up about another OS that competes with an Apple product, the first shots fired in the debate are ecosystem and how "evolved" Apple's is. When enough people with MBAs sitting around the table in Starbucks collecting unemployment checks parrot themselves with a word, eventually it becomes gospel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaj324 View Post
    That's a good question. Platform or operating system just don't have that "all-inclusive" sound to them. Environment maybe...
    I don't think any of those make any more sense than ecosystem. Ecosystem is used to describe an interconnected "web" of products/services, could be across multiple platform/operating systems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isror View Post
    It is my opinion that ecosystem in technology terms is generally thrown around by smug iFanboys; that's when I see it used. Every time an argument comes up about another OS that competes with an Apple product, the first shots fired in the debate are ecosystem and how "evolved" Apple's is. When enough people with MBAs sitting around the table in Starbucks collecting unemployment checks parrot themselves with a word, eventually it becomes gospel.
    Microsoft has used the term since at least 2004, before the iPhone existed. Microsoft Partner Ecosystem Flourishes

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/...DC_WP_0211.pdf

    Windows Hardware Ecosystem Events
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    Quote Originally Posted by lak611 View Post
    Yes, I understand that, just like MS was the first to introduce the tablet, but nothing came of it until Apple's Prometheus decided it was time for the world to adopt what it wanted.
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    Don't worry. It will be replaced by some other buzz-work by next year.
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    How about technosystem.

    Or techosystem.

    Copyrighted, just in case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isror View Post
    ecosystem is generally thrown around by smug iFanboys to bash anything that doesn't cost 5x what it should and is missing an i infront of it.
    Really?

    Cause I've seen it thrown around these parts pretty often......
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    Dont forget people, once a word hits the Dictionary, its definition cannot be altered. You have to come up with a completely new word because using a word that was penned in the 1930s to also describe something that only started happening recently is unacceptable. How dare A.G. Tansley not realize that his word could be applied to the technosphere of the future. Actually I wish the Technosphere was relaunched as todays tech could really make it take off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyDedrick View Post
    Really?

    Cause I've seen it thrown around these parts pretty often......
    Yes, by trolls
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isror View Post
    Yes, by trolls
    I am not a troll and have used ecosystem to describe Windows 8/XBOX/Windows Phone 8 inter-compatibility.
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    It's almost like language changes over time!
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