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Quotable geek films top the list of Geekend posts in 2011

IT humor, NASA, bad Star Trek episodes, and astrophotography are some of the topics featured in the hottest Geekend posts of the year.

One highlight of working on the Geekend blog this year for me was the return of our dear friend, former colleague, and aspiring sci-fi writer Jay Garmon to our list of contributors. Based on the fact that three of the top five Geekend posts of the year were written by Jay, I think it's fair to assume readers are happy The Trivia Geek is back.

Thanks to our wonderful Geekend contributors and loyal readers for another great year of off-topic discussions. Here are the 10 most-viewed Geekend posts published in 2011.

1: The 25 most quotable geek films...ever!

The 25 films that are not only near and dear to the average geek's heart, but have produced at least one indispensable quote that can and should be used at every opportunity.

2: The humorous side of IT

Some geek humor is only appreciated by IT pros. Alan Norton discusses clueless user stories, silly names, and more, as well as when humor and IT don't mix.

3: NASA's last Shuttle mission: What does this mean for the future of manned flight?

Read what NASAs Charles Bolden says about outsourcing low-orbit to the private sector.

4: The five worst Star Trek episodes of all time

More than a few of Kirk and Spock's original voyages were (ahem) less than stellar. We round out the bottom five for your reading...pleasure?

5: Geek Trivia: Why does the last space shuttle mission have the smallest flight crew in 28 years?

Not since the maiden flight of Challenger in 1983 has a space shuttle operated with just a four-man crew complement - but that's exactly how many astronauts will be aboard the final space shuttle mission. Find out why in the triumphant return of Geek Trivia.

6: 56 geek movies of 2011

Geekend contributor Edmond Woychowsky described what movies coming out in 2011 he planned to see opening night.

7: ASUS Eee Pad Transformer tablet is a mixed bag

Despite its issues, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is the strongest Android Honeycomb tablet on the market, according to reviewer Donovan Colbert.

8: Make a geek happy with our annual gift guide

TechRepublic applies its unique technology perspective to review of some of the best geek gifts available and makes them available in a free download.

9: Photographer captures entire night sky in massive image

Astrophotographer Nick Risinger traveled 60,000 miles and took 37,440 exposures to create a 5,000 megapixel photo of the entire night sky. Learn more about his Photopic Sky Survey.

10: BlizzCon 2011 photos and news about World of Warcraft, Diablo III, StarCraft II

Wally Bahny covers the major announcements at BlizzCon 2011 about the next WoW expansion pack, Diablo III, and StarCraft II. We also feature photos of costumed attendees.

Honorable mentions from years past for your reading enjoyment:


Mary Weilage is a Senior Editor for CBS Interactive. She has worked for TechRepublic since 1999.


One of the articles referenced was from 2002, the other from 2008. Are these really the most popular articles from 2011? If so, measured how? I saw no recent comments on either. But then, I got bored and skipped a lot because I have heard all these stories - or variations on them - many times before. Pretty much all the anecdotes are of the "clever me, stoopid you" variety, and certainly there are a lot of stupid users - e.g. a person with 3 PhD degrees but not enough common sense not to fold a floppy disk - but there are still many that highlight lack of basic training. Sure, as one writer pointed out, when you have a car smash you don't blame your driving instructor - but this analogy neglects one important difference between driving a car and driving a computer: licencing. No permit required to operate a PC, and w-a-a-a-a-y too many employers assume when someone tells them on a resume that they "know computers" that it's true. Duh, everyone lies on their resume, how can you take something like that at face value? And anyway, one man's "knows computers" can differ hugely from the next. Every emplower, irrespective of size, should have formal basic computer training for all new employees - or, if the person akes offence, then some form of evaluation of computer skills and knowledge. Not administered by the company themselves, unless they have a formal, separate, HR division, but by a third party, preferably a professional computer training school of some sort. Needn't be a 3-day advanced Excel course, but almost every user I've ever come across could benefit from a half-day general orientation course. Most important skill when doing end-user support: not problem-solving, not Windows (or any other OS) knowledge, not dexterity with screwdriver or keyboard, but PATIENCE.

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Sterling chip Camden

Getting Jay back was the best thing you could have possibly done for this space.

Jay Garmon
Jay Garmon

You guys are gonna make me blush.

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