I can remember in high school, nearly a quarter century ago (oh my goodness /facepalm). In that dark age region of time, I was often referred to as a geek. My wife defined geek in a way for me that just made me laugh so hard that I just had to share. She said: “A geek is a nerd that has friends.” This was a response to me one day referring to myself as a nerd. I guess I just hadn’t considered the nuance of geekdom like she had.
At any rate, I am a special classification of geek these days. I am a computer geek, but just barely. I am not a hacker or a coder, or anything of the sort. I am a technology geek. It makes my wife’s eyes roll when I start looking at technology. Shoot, it can be very pathetic at times even from my point of view. I love the bleeding edge of tech, and if my computer starts to lag, I am constantly scanning the online tech stores for something newer and faster and “cooler” than what I have now.
I thought I would share a list of “symptoms” of the computer geek so you can benchmark your own personal geek level too.
- You’d rather communicate with people via e-mail, text messaging, instant message, or Twitter, then face to face, because “it’s just easier that way.”
- 16GB (or 32GB, or 64GB, or well you get the idea) flash drive “just doesn’t hold enough.”
- You say phrases like “Make it so!” and “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for”, when you talk to people.
- You write “text” in blocks of “140 Characters.”
- You have an LCD monitor 20″ or greater, or a multiple monitor setup. (for the record my monitor is 24″)
- You have more friends in the ‘virtual world’ than in real life!
- You wear T-shirts with Star Wars, Star Trek or any computer-related visuals on them
- You have a junkyard full of extra computer parts in your garage.
- You built your own PC and giggle when people tell you they have a Dell or HP computer.
- Your PC has 4GB of RAM OR MORE…
- You carry a USB flash drive in your pocket regardless of where you go.
- When you’re bored you take apart your desktop, laptop, television, DVD, DVR or cable box for fun.
- Friends, family and family friends’ friends, call you asking for computer help.
- You have a cable internet connection but would like a T-1 line (or a T-3 or fiber) if it was reasonably affordable.
- Red Bulls and frozen dinners are a daily part of your diet.
- When you yell at your radio whenever a “Computer Show” airs because you think the host is an idiot…
- You listen to the idiot anyway…
- World of Warcraft is constantly on your to-do list.
- You have four (or more) computers at your house, and it “just isn’t enough.” (We have 4 working, and two dead ones here)
- No matter how fast your computer turns on, it still isn’t “fast enough”… even if it is just waking up from a sleep mode.
- You passionately argue the virtues of (pick ’em): Windows vs. Apple vs. Linux / ATI vs. NVIDIA / AMD vs. Intel / LCD vs. Plasma / Star Wars vs. Star Trek vs. / Comics vs. Graphic Novels / HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray / USB vs. FireWire / Jobs vs. Gates / etc. etc…
- You loathe people who buy iPods, iPhones, or iPads just because they are the hip things to own.
- You secretly covet having an iPod, iPhone, or iPad – but are too embarrassed to own one because of what your geek friends would think.
- Your family calls you to fix their computers… so do your non-geek friends (or friend)… so do strangers…
- You have major farmer’s tan! (guilty)
- You own five or more useless gadgets that run off your USB ports.
- You’ve gotten this far READING THIS LIST!
- Embracing our inner geeks (pinkpigtailinn.com)
- Geek Flip # 001 (flipflipmeheidi.com)
- humor: am i a nerd, dork or a geek? (infografica.org)
- The Men That Made ‘Geek’ Cool (thenextweb.com)