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As an IT insider, I feel I have something valuable to offer nontechnical people in terms of correcting misinformation. Here are a few simple tests for some popular buzzwords in tech. When evaluating a product or service, if you can honestly answer Yes to the reality check question, the buzzword probably truly applies. If the answer is No, it is probably fake. agile Does it make the developers happy? blockchain Does it cut out the middleman? cloud Does it automatically scale? microservice Does it only do one thing? object oriented Is it mostly made of interfaces? RESTful When requests arrive at a certain address, are they ready to use (without parsing)? unit test Does it prevent the tested code from touching anything outside itself?