OK, I’m not going to mention the “O” word again this week – it’s over, done and dusted, finished.
It has though been the one thing that has dominated my world for the past three weeks or so, so it’ll be a real challenge trying to come up with something else to talk about.
One thing I learned last week, however, is how possible it is to wake up one morning and realise that you’re not 21 any more.
Let me try to explain. I’ve always thought that I’ve been pretty cool… pretty “with it”.
I’ve worked in the media, I’ve played in nightclubs and I’ve tried to keep my finger on the pulse of what’s going on. When I was younger I always thought everyone else was old… not old-er but OLD.
As you grow up you think that’s crazy – or at least I did until I went to work with my brother.
My brother works in Reading for the world’s biggest software company. They also make those games consoles that are in every front room up and down the land too.
Still not sure? The “campus” he works on is on Bill Gates Way… anyway… what I attended last week was a session of an event called Young Rewired State – a cracking project that gets young people together in the school holiday to create apps.
I know what apps are – I have a smart phone, I use it for Facebook and Angry Birds and all manner of stuff – but my understanding of apps is somewhat different to all of those 15 and 16-year-olds.
They know about coding and design and the process of coming up with an idea and then actually having it as an app on your phone.
It dawned on me after being there for an hour or so that I didn’t have a clue what anybody was talking about.
The world of technology moves on so quickly these days that for the first time in my life I felt past it. Gutted. So what did I get out of my trip to Microsoft? Well, they have a lovely canteen...