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The top 10 geek sins

10 sins that could get your geek card revoked

TechRepublic has previously talked about some of the things you can do to increase your geek cred. Naturally, there are also some things that can hurt your reputation as a geek. In fact, we've put together a list of 10 of the worst transgressions for any geek. Doing any one of these will put your geek credentials at risk. Do two of them and your geek card immediately gets revoked.

If you'd prefer to view this list in text format, see the companion blog post.

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200 comments
dadonaldd
dadonaldd

Geex don't know what a girl looks like naked, unless they're a girl themself!

rocketmouse
rocketmouse

All of it, the comments included. I fell from geekdom some months ago when I moved from the West Coast, where I was surrounded by 5 computers and 2 book cases full of techie books to the East Coast, where I'm in front of one laptop and surrounded by snow. Bad move.

clare.smith
clare.smith

there's nothing like the feel of a favorite tech book, all dogged earr'd and highlighted. :o)

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

Just a suit without a tie. I buy computer books from the bargain pile at bookstores all the time. You have to start somewhere with learning new things; and the town library is at least 2 years more out of date than a bookstore.

aesc
aesc

Please, Stop doing this galleries and get to the point. This kind of presentation is annoying and a waste of time.

jeff2310
jeff2310

Made that mistake once and will NEVER make it again. DON'T purchase their service plan!!!

aaeslami
aaeslami

that was a lame list. How about being in your mid 20's and still being a virgin...Hahaha loser.

john.oconnor
john.oconnor

I absolutely am I dying of laughter as I see the picture used on loving your cable company. I see three routers and the only port with an Ethernet cable plugged in is the middle router. And there is nothing in any of the other routers WAN ports. I don't think any of us here would make the mistake of not fully connecting cables although we have probably all had to fix somebody's router and modem connection. This comment has been brought to you by Android from the bathroom.

cadickhaut
cadickhaut

Making top 10 lists about geek cred. Oops

muadzir
muadzir

I failed only at this section. But...there is a butt...I was only 6 years old. How the he** am I going to know abt this film...besides, i don't live in States. Anyway 9 out of 10 sins i never commit. But do I want to declare myself a geek! Even geeks never admit themselves as a geek ;P

EvanBlack
EvanBlack

LAWN MOWERMAN FTW! Besides, if you know what either of these movies are then your living past your geek prime and need to move on to some better geek movies... Seeing how you have a topic about not using old book and quote being in 2010.... SORCERER'S APPRENTICE FTW!! Now thats geekdom at its max. Why else was the internet and computer created but to give the average non-magical nerd the ability to exploit a universe within a universe.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

I know this is splitting hairs in some people's eyes; but I think the wording "represents binary in a more friendly way" is counterproductive. The amount is not the number. The amount represented by decimal 3 & hexadecimal 3 & binary 11 is entirely independent from its various representations. Binary, a representation itself, cannot be represented in hexadecimal. The amount it represents can be. So hexadecimal is rather "a friendlier way to say the same".

morleyfl
morleyfl

Biggest waste of band width, time and brain cells.

pmwork1
pmwork1

My wife (born in 1956, that's 54 years ago !) knew the name of book :-) and she has read it !

MERLIN.BKK
MERLIN.BKK

They live in fear of me!.........I have all service personal mobile numbers [don't have to call service center].........my provider is damn good, this took a lot of effort including spot the company truck in the street and explain the meaning of life to them!

yattwood
yattwood

My tale of woe - I dwelt in the Land Of Slow/Poor DSL, yea, verily 768K was I all could get from the Telecom Company That Rhymes With 'Horizon'....I called for months and months to see when FiOS would be available - nada. It was so bad, that I often had to jump in my car and drive back to the office (fortunately, I live only 18 miles from where I work) if I were called on a problem - I just could not get logged on from home! It was finally SO bad that my boss's boss's boss decreed that he would PAY for high-speed Internet - I checked, and my area had cable high-speed available - what a difference! I LOVE my cable modem - I don't have to sit at my desk at home; I can be in the living room or elsewhere - and no more 1 AM drives through Carbon Canyon to Brea! Yes!

mrwilsn
mrwilsn

OK... if buying a paper book is a sin then the constant e-mails I get from Tech Republic to buy one computer book or another qualify them as the devil. I personally prefer digital over paper. But I still have plenty of material in paper. Yeah, I would love to shrink it all down to electronic format and in time I will... but it may be a little premature to say that it is a sin in 2010 to buy in paper.

Jerome.Wright
Jerome.Wright

SAFE! - except on 7. where TalkTalk, the UK's biggest ISP (and my own primary ISP) have undertaken to refused to provide Internet Usage details to the government to the Government under the new 'Digital Economy Act' - as Orwellian in nomenclature as it is in practice... Basically, it's about snooping on people and preventing flourishing in the Digital Economy for anyone who hasn't already flourished elsewhere. Yay.

webservant2003
webservant2003

Honesty, complaining about privacy on Facebook is like walking naked down main street at rush hour and complaining that people are looking at you. Most problems with privacy are not FB's fault, but the stupidity of people posting their entire life online. BTW, I have to get something to eat. I will be leaving my house now for about two hours. I have a key hidden in the third rock from the right in case anyone wants to come see me while I am gone. Just don't go to the file marked embarrassing photos of me that no one should ever have taken much less have allowed to be posted in a public forum.

jpb_budrakey
jpb_budrakey

It seems to me you loose all of your geek cred if you pay any attention to silly rating schemes like this one. :-)

dhamilt01
dhamilt01

Ya missed this one folks. Working at Microsoft. Real geeks wouldn't produce (let alone sell to the public) the crap that comes out of that place.

Tink!
Tink!

at least for me :p Seeing as how I saw it for the first time when I was about 12 and only because my brother (who's a nerd, not a geek, [i]and yes I consider them different[/i])rented it. I think I may have spotted it once on TV since then, but other than that - it's never there! If it is such a sci-fi classic you'd think the classic movie channels (not necessarily sy-fy) would show it. What I'm saying is...12 years old was pre-geek-Tink. The experiences that led to geek-Tink did not include Bladerunner or any alliterations to it.

rrauh
rrauh

10)ITunes! I cant stand ITUNES!!!!!! 9)Binary = Base 2 Hex base 16 all base numbers systems are even. 2/8/10/16/64... 8)Not Guilty. 7)I'm diggin my Sat Co. Cable sucks 6)Hands Up. I have no idea. 5)OK, I'm not. I do not and have not watch either of them. 4)Open source is great! Cleared that one. 3)Facebook is a trouble maker.So much that it is on my site block. So i guess i passed that one too. 2)I am Mr.FixIT 1.)I dont see it as a tree morgue but rather an archive in hard form. And yes I have a lot of them.

Who Am I Really
Who Am I Really

it's fun to call them to look at your system, (a 1993 80486 that was cleverly stuffed into a P4 case) and ask if they can come over to: - install a new DVD drive - a new HDD - the latest windows version and MSO - a new NIC to hook up yer internet - and whatever is needed to keep the system time (aka new CMOS battery) and see the look on the dude's face when he pulls the top or side off to see: - an XT/AT ISA board (or better still a IBM Micro-Channel) - a 234MB IDE HDD - a 5.25" 1.2MB floppy drive - a 4x IDE CD-ROM - a hard wired soldered to the board Ni-Cad rechargeable CMOS battery etc.

TLComp
TLComp

They're all so boring. Stupid stories that someone made up with unbelievable twists and turns, and CGI effects and gratuitous false love scenes, and faulty philosophies of the universe. They're all the same and not worth caring a rat's behind about. Besides, I can't sit still that long. OK, yeah, I've got ADD. Please pass the ritalin.

michaelsaltmarsh
michaelsaltmarsh

10) itunes? Do not want. 9) Binary = Base 1 / Hex = Base 16 /Decimal = 10 8) *sigh* 7) I can haz an0n vpn?!? 6) Crap?.. couldn?t remember had to look up answer so yea -1 5) The force is simply not logical. 4) Dude open source isn?t about free it?s about freedom! 3) F*** facebook 2) cool story bro. 1) Do not understand?!?! Where is usb port???

clare.smith
clare.smith

do I get reinstated because I still speak octal? ;)

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

Please, stop doing that, and get the point. Any kind of presentation is annoying to some and a waste of time to these. Just stick with what you love!

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

Not many people describe themselves as "Student" and then demonstrate they have no idea how to use their brain...

jstribling
jstribling

and the nerds coming pouring out... who wrote book "x"? what the EXACT title is... What the EXACT acronym is for role playing games spelling goofs. Congratulations to Jason for putting together the ultimate nerd fire-starter! ;-) lol

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

It's a lot easier to read and interpret '6B' than 01101011.

EvanBlack
EvanBlack

The old crone is probably blind as a bat anyway, I hope your computer screen doesn't support braille.

ps.techrep
ps.techrep

I thought Facebook's central premise was that it was a place to share information you wanted to be publicly known. That too many users don't know how to separate their private information from their public is in the same class of cluelessness as not knowing to lower your voices when discussing something you wouldn't want the world to know. I'm old school enough to still prefer limited access forums and email to interact with people I can't truly know, and phone/ email with real friends who aren't physically available. I audited Twitter for a while, but stopped. Think it should be renamed Drivel, and the tweets renamed drool.

gryps
gryps

You may not have been there then, but Microsoft brought the Internet into common usage through Windows 95. I quite happily used a Microsoft BASIC compiler back in 1981 when I didn't need the speed of assembler. Worked OK, too. The grossest anti-geek item missed is walking around with a iPhone in one's hand. Or owning one! Or owning up to wanting one! An iPad comes in a close second in anti-geek items.

Allen.
Allen.

Since you can buy the DVD used for

Iroc_n_roll
Iroc_n_roll

Gotta love it... some people just really don't know about number bases (or are experiencing typos....) An earlier poster referred to binary as base 1. This poster said all base number systems are even. Never heard of trinary I take it? A base number system can be any whole number greater than 1.

Overcharge
Overcharge

with an 8" drive sitting on a shelf...plugged into a Xerox 820 board....

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

holding in my mind things like "amount as itself" or "limitless vacuum"... itchy, but it's a buzz. Amount as itself; trying to conceptualize amounts freed of all concreteness and all number. Integers are hard enough, irrationals and imaginaries are for dessert :D

mbm29414
mbm29414

What phone and tablet pass muster for geekdom? And what about the iPhone/iPad forfeit geekiness? My opinion? The tools on both give me my geekiness in an even more portable fashion. Using my iPad when out at dinner to log back into my servers to manage a hung process... Geeky!!!!

dhamilt01
dhamilt01

Microsoft not only went off the rails when they flogged the first Windows on us, they completely wrecked the train. Microsoft became like the IBM they stuck it to with DOS and the rest is history. Had they taken the "geek" route and beat Linux to the punch, we wouldn't be having the daily horrors we get with Windows that costs the business world billions of dollars every year because of poorly designed and poor quality code.

Tink!
Tink!

Being that it is now on DVD is even more of a reason why movie channels should be showing it. There are few out there that use the DVD extras to add tidbits of "fun facts" to the showing. The time I think I saw Bladerunner on TV was also pre-DVD

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

who lost his arm in a work accident. He has converted to quinary. :D BTW, that's not trinary, but ternary. ;) Base 2 - Binary Base 3 - Ternary Base 4 - Quaternary Base 5 - Quinary Base 6 - Senary Base 7 - Septenary Base 8 - Octal Base 9 - Nonary Base 10 - Decimal (denary) Base 11 - Undenary Base 12 - Duodenary Base 16 - Hexadecimal Base 60 - Sexagesimal http://www.easysurf.cc/cnver17.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arity#Other_names etu

michaelsaltmarsh
michaelsaltmarsh

LOL man way to tired with original post and i can see how that really hasn't changed. Thanks for the correction, back to code.... :(

Peter Ridgers
Peter Ridgers

and he counted in base e (law of natural growth) - said it made so much more sense than using pi.