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    Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

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    by jmottl ·

    Merriam Webster’s Online Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition defines a geek as either:
    1. A carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake
    2. A person often of an intellectual bent who is disapproved of
    TechRepublic wants to know how you define the nebulous qualities of geekhood, if only by your own example.
    Just share your geek description in this discussion by Dec. 5th.
    We’ll pick the top five definitions and then you, the members, will vote to pick the best geek description during the following week — and there are some fabulous prizes awaiting the winners!!! So start defining!!
    Judy Mottl
    TechRepublic Member Engagement

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    • #2686927

      What makes a geek!

      by philvs ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      One whose first action after shutting off the alarm clock in the morning is booting up the computer, THEN putting on the coffee.

      • #2686910

        You may be a computer geek

        by antispock ·

        In reply to What makes a geek!

        If you speant 12 hours writing a program that saves you 15 seconds a month typing in data. You may be a computer geek.

        If “4 KB more memory than you will ever need” is your favorite punch line then you may be a computer geek.

        If a trip down memory lane involves Comodore 64, Fairchild, IBM AT, IBM 286 and then your 3 kids, you may be a computer geek.

        • #2685226

          You may be an architect geek

          by james.chau ·

          In reply to You may be a computer geek

          If you spent $2 million dollars designing a new system that does 20% of the old system.

          If “512 meg more memory is what you will need” is your favorite solution.

          If you keep on forgetting what kind of hardware and network the company is really using.

      • #2686741

        Reply To: Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

        by disciple28 ·

        In reply to What makes a geek!

        Geeks don’t turn their computers off.

        • #2685860

          Definition:

          by cerebral*origami ·

          In reply to Reply To: Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

          GEEK abbr or acronym: one is a GEEK if he/she is Gadget Enraptured and Enamoured of Knowledge.

          8^)

        • #2685688

          Geek Defined

          by mick ·

          In reply to Definition:

          Geek: One whose personality transfer got stuck at the
          download stage and consequently would like to get out
          more but cannot remember why.

        • #2685793

          You might be a computer geek if…

          by canineaficionado ·

          In reply to Reply To: Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

          – you won’t get up early for work, but you arrive in line at 5am at Staples (or Best Buy or Circuit City or any other electronics store) the day after Thanksgiving to be the first to get the 9.95 wireless router and the 15.00 SD cards.
          – you don’t know anything about current world affairs, but you are the only person on your block who knows about “blogging” and can explain the impact of RFID on industry.
          – you subscribe as a beta tester to every known software manufacturer.
          – you decide that the best Christmas gift for you and your dog is the “Bow-lingual” translator.
          – you never write your relatives, but you will regularly spend 20 hours/week online chatting with strangers.
          – you honestly believe you could survive on nothing but Diet Mt Dew, Jolt Cola, and M&Ms.
          – you have watched “The Matrix” more than 20 times and believe that it provides a mantra for life.

        • #2685525

          Definition of a geek

          by connie_87 ·

          In reply to You might be a computer geek if…

          A geek is a person who:
          is comfortable with technology
          is helpful in times of technology meltdown
          nags others to back up their work
          has no sympathy when they don’t

        • #2685238

          Definition of a geek

          by bryan in sac ·

          In reply to Definition of a geek

          A geek is the person that all of the other “computer” experts consult during a moment of technology meltdown and answers it as if why didn’t you know that.

      • #2685950

        A VM(CMS) Geek is…

        by mcr073 ·

        In reply to What makes a geek!

        You know WHY a VM-CMS punch file can be no more than 80 characters per line.

        You know what CMS means now (Meant under VSE) and you know what CMS stood for originally.
        You have spooled your console to start so you filled up a reader file when an operator got you ticked-off (they had to run in and change tapes every five minutes until your VM ID executed your pre-planned logoff.
        You told your systems programmer how to add idle-disconnect code for temp disk users.

        • #3241833

          A geek is

          by napa gnome ·

          In reply to A VM(CMS) Geek is…

          Someone who knows a lot of the answers and will spend half a day figuring out the answer if (s)he doesn’t.

      • #2686316

        You must Read this……

        by john_a_parsons ·

        In reply to What makes a geek!

        I’ve been a (Geek or Nerd) all my life.
        I’ve got the Anorak hidden in my house to prove it.
        Here is a usefull thought from IT’S ALL GEEK TO ME! WHAT IS A NERD?

        If everyone was born a nerd, the human race would die out through forgetting to take care of ourselves while single-mindedly pursuing an engineering goal. If nerds were eliminated, we’d never get anywhere because we’d be too busy socialising to actually get anything done.

        You must read this:-
        http://www.shartwell.freeserve.co.uk/humor-site/nerd-geek.htm

        • #2685654

          You can tell a geek….

          by jnyberg ·

          In reply to You must Read this……

          You can tell a geek by what is stored in a closet or basement… Is there a homebrew computer based on an Intel 8008, Motorola 6500 or RCA 1802? Here you have an OLD geek. I got all three. The 8008 is white porcelian and gold – very pretty in a geekish sorta way.

        • #2685537

          homebrew

          by bikeman ·

          In reply to You can tell a geek….

          Don’t forget all of us old Atari 800 users, you know…the one with the plywood case and 48k ram (upgraded)

        • #2685230

          Hey, don’t forget the good old ENIAC

          by james.chau ·

          In reply to You can tell a geek….

          also, does Hollerith cards ring a bell ? ah yes, how about those nice little paper tapes with holes in them ?

        • #2684982

          Teletype Machines!

          by cerebral*origami ·

          In reply to Hey, don’t forget the good old ENIAC

          I remember those old rolls of paper. The first computer I learned on didn’t have a screen! You typed in your program into a teletype terminal. A big honking ball printer that had dowel shaped keys that when ka-chunk every time you pressed one and shook the room when it printed out the program or its results.

          (There WAS one screen hooked to the main frame it was 8″, green and slowly could plot a circle or line (you could see the text appear letter by letter)) 8^)

        • #2685414

          True Geeks don’t eat quiche.

          by rick ·

          In reply to You must Read this……

          You might be a geek:

          If you can manage an enterprise level network from the commandline only.

          If you have ever deleted a system file “just to see what will happen”.

          If you have ever developed a replacement contact management database application in assembly “just to see if it can be done”.

          If you have ever removed a hard drive’s coverplate just to see what the MTBF really is!

          If you have ever plugged a ISA/PCI/VLB card into a system, only to realize it was already powered on.

          If you then repaired the above card and made it work again.

          If you have ever used a 1MB 30-pin SIMM as a keychain.

          If you have ever used any other piece of an old system for anything other than what it was used for, ie, keychain, paperweight, murder weapon, etc.

          If you extoll the virtues of Linux to everyone, but use Windows 2000 at home.

          If you actually stayed up all night surfing the first time you had broadband at home.

          If you actually stayed up all night surfing with your first 28.8 modem

          If you actually stayed up all night BBS’ing with your first 14.4 modem.

          If you ever even used a computer with a 300 baud modem.

          If you have ever even seen a computer made before 1977.

          If you ever downloaded 10MB+ files at 14.4 speeds.

          If you ever had a phone bill over $1000 in one month due to BBS’ing.

          If you have ever cracked a document check on a PC game.

          If you actually tested win95 when the splashscreen had “Chicago” logo on it.

          If you actually played a pirated copy of DOOM before you purchased it.

          If you have more floppy disks in your closet than family photo’s.

          If you refer to your game manual colllection as “my set of ecyclopedias”.

          If you refuse to throw away that old copy of “Turbo Pascal: An Object Oriented Approach” because day “it might come in handy”.

          If you really miss those “old DOS days”.

          If you think the demise of mankind started with Window’s 3.1.

          If you kept reading this far.

          🙂 rick@graycomputer.net

        • #2685253

          I hate Quiche

          by brewsk2002 ·

          In reply to True Geeks don’t eat quiche.

          Can totally relate to about 99% of these

      • #2686208

        Real geeks never shut their computers off…

        by ididrtmhonest ·

        In reply to What makes a geek!

        and if they don’t have voice activated software to start the coffee brewing, they at least have a coffee pot with a timer so the coffee finishes brewing when their alarm goes off. 🙂

        • #2685229

          Yes…the real diehards would make sure of that with UPS

          by james.chau ·

          In reply to Real geeks never shut their computers off…

          With UPS, real geeks can keep their systems up even if the whole state, eg. California, gets a total black-out.

        • #2684980

          Die hard GEEK

          by cerebral*origami ·

          In reply to Yes…the real diehards would make sure of that with UPS

          A geek is one who in high school convinced the teacher to let him lock up the computer room so he could stay after to work on a program for “a little while” and the next thing he hears is a bell going off. What the … why is a bell going off in the evening?! Oh its the bell STARTING class the next day! Oops!
          8^)

      • #2685667

        What makes a geek!

        by lafl3258 ·

        In reply to What makes a geek!

        A geek is the one who, when God was passing out jocks the geeks thought he said talks and started making all the seminars.

      • #2685571

        Geek Defined

        by jimbabwe ·

        In reply to What makes a geek!

        Geek: acronym for Guru of Eclectic Electronic Knowledge. Previously used as an insult for people who preferred math or science to full-contact football, this term is now used to describe an elite group who can visualize a computer screen and tell you which keys to press to recover your critical documents, without ever having seen your computer.

        • #2685432

          Re: Geek Defined

          by singerguy ·

          In reply to Geek Defined

          “Geek: acronym for Guru of Eclectic Electronic Knowledge. Previously used as an insult for people who preferred math or science to full-contact football, this term is now used to describe an elite group who can visualize a computer screen and tell you which keys to press to recover your critical documents, without ever having seen your computer.”

          I liked this one so much I just redid the nameplate on my door. Now instead of just name and title it has this paragraph underneath in an 8 point font. I’ve already received several laughs.

          My wife is continually amazed when we’re out for a drive somewhere and I end up talking a (l)user through some complex problem on their computer with just my cell phone and no computer in sight.

          The geek badge of honor … wear it with pride!

          SingerGuy

        • #2685089

          The Winner!

          by p4k ·

          In reply to Geek Defined

          GEEK – Great Experience Extensive Knowledge!

      • #2685541

        Real geeks drink coffee

        by bikeman ·

        In reply to What makes a geek!

        Now a true geek never has to boot up his computer because he leaves it running all night. A true geek will have found a way to instruct the computer to turn on the coffee maker in the morning!

      • #2686518

        A Geek is one who:

        by ric ·

        In reply to What makes a geek!

        when his beautiful wife says “Honey, quit working on that computer and come to bed!” finally does when the sun starts coming up!

      • #2672720

        a true geek

        by str33tp0et ·

        In reply to What makes a geek!

        is someone who owns ever linux release and has yet to install any of them. A geek is also known to use his favorite pickupline with the women, “can i get a byte of that ass?” or can oI “Topology” that ass. And finally, a true geek has his whole entire life automated missing out on the true value of surprise.

        ^ Geek

    • #2686909

      You might be a geek if…

      by que_66 ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      New technologies, gadgets & overclocking make you “hotter” than your significant other does. LOL

    • #2686907

      Geekdome

      by pam_19464 ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      When license plates remind you of employee logins or your software…you are a geek!

    • #2686900

      You might be a geek if…

      by sysad4u ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      While watching the appendices for the extended DVD version of LOTR:The Two Towers, you use instant replay and pause to see the Weta Digital server room more times than you do to see Liv Tyler! (My wife picked up on this VERY quickly!)

    • #2686895

      Reply To: Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      by blclark ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A person who considers him/herself superior intellectually, but who is usually socially awkward.

      • #2686882

        Definition Of “GEEK”

        by hakkiki ·

        In reply to Reply To: Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

        You are a “GEEK” if, when purchasing a new mobile phone, after the hot female sales assistant explains all the functions of the phone and asks “Any questions?” ,instead of asking for her number you ask “Has it got Wake On LAN”

        • #2686385

          The Maximum of a “GEEK”

          by elunicocharly ·

          In reply to Definition Of “GEEK”

          Hi! my english is not very good… sorry, but i considered this definition has THE perfect definition… Because the girl you’re asking for… Will saw you saying… What a hell is asking this guy, with his angelical face!

          Cheers and good luck to all!!!

          Charly

      • #2686026

        Actually, that’s a good definition of “dork.”

        by scgops ·

        In reply to Reply To: Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

        Dorks are socially awkward, or even backward. Geeks these days aren’t necessarily dorky. They’re just good enough with technology that other people notice.

        Some geeks have an “area of effect” that causes computers near them to behave, at least when owned by others. A geek’s own computer is capable of inflicting massive pain and frustration on the geek.

        • #2685768

          Geek or Dork

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Actually, that’s a good definition of “dork.”

          Where I grew up a geek and a dork were one and the same.

          It was later in life that GEEK was actually a comuter term. Geek, NERD, DORK all used to ne the same thing. The computer age has changed ones need for and respect for geeks.

          Before, a geek was an anti social dork who couldn’t get laid if his life depended on it. Once the “cool” people bought computers, they started getting help from these NERDS and eventually the term GEEK was an affectionate term relating to the computer guy, that we all called a nerd and beat up in high shcool.

          I still have a problem being called Geek, I think I’ve had more fights as a result of being called GEEK than cumputer guy.

        • #2685743

          True definition of dork

          by dryflies ·

          In reply to Geek or Dork

          A dork is, quite simply, a whales penis.

        • #2685710

          True definition of a geek

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to True definition of dork

          A geek is, quite simply, a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake

          or if you prefer

          a geek is, quite simply, a person often of an intellectual bent who is disapproved of
          🙂

        • #2685159

          Of Geeks and Nerds

          by docrarmy ·

          In reply to True definition of a geek

          Nerds and Geeks are quite often confused with each other. The reason for this is that Geeks have in fact evolved from Nerds. Nerds are people with no social graces and find it easier to associate with technology than humans. Geeks are Nerds that have learned to walk upright. Where Geeks still know that it is easier to deal with technology than humans they have learned to communicate as if part of the human race.
          Identifying marks: As is typical in evolutionary matters, there are many similarities between Nerds and Geeks.

          Both have an inordinate amount and constant presence of writing utensils. Nerds display these in a shirt breast pocket (usually with the well known pocket pen protector) where the Geek will have them on a belt holster (sometimes combined with a flashlight or utility tool).

          Both will always be surrounded by technology. Nerds will spend a majority of that time in a small room only venturing out for food and occasionally to use the restroom. Geeks will have evolved enough to begin utilizing portable technology (i.e. laptops, or PDAs). Where the Nerd may be found in possession of these items also, they will rarely be in public with them. Geeks will venture out and come in contact with people even discussing technology with actual humans. This last trait is what leads most Geeks to become consultants.

          The most universally known identifying mark of a Nerd is the tape on their glasses. This is caused by their inability to be comfortable enough in public to go to an eyeglass store and have them fixed or replaced. Geeks have learned to conform and blend into society (at least when their mouth is shut). Where a Nerd in a crowd stands out like a sore thumb with tape on it?s glasses of course, a Geek may not be noticed until someone flushes him out by talking about computers.

          Both definitions1 of a Geek (Merriam Webster’s Online Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition) actually fit the modern evolved Geek. Where he no longer performs in a carnival, to him, society is his carnival. The computer and PDA have replaced the chicken and snake. The Geek still attacks them with a certain, almost disgusting voracity. In spite of his ability to blend in because of his knowledge of technology and willingness to share it he will inevitably scare humans. And again, he will be disapproved of.

          Geeks are proud of their heritage and love to relive the carnival days by waving their knowledge in the face of humans.

          1Definition
          1. A carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake
          2. A person often of an intellectual bent who is disapproved of

          Doc R

        • #2684977

          The non-circus GEEK

          by cerebral*origami ·

          In reply to Of Geeks and Nerds

          We bite the heads of users instead of chickens!

        • #2685726

          Geek “area of effect”

          by usaatca2001 ·

          In reply to Actually, that’s a good definition of “dork.”

          I’ve noticed this phenomenon for the past 22 years that I’ve worked on PC’s. I couldn’t express it better. I always called the effect on my computers divine retribution for making most users feel like the idiots they really are.

        • #2686361

          Geek “area of effect”

          by lam_cc ·

          In reply to Geek “area of effect”

          I couldn’t agree more … I often heard, “It (refering to a computer) wasn’t like this before you came …. and now it’s working !” *I haven’t even touched the user’s computer yet …..*

        • #2686206

          Geek “area of effect”

          by ididrtmhonest ·

          In reply to Geek “area of effect”

          This is also known as “waving the rubber chicken over it” or as my fellow tech used to say: JFM (just ****ing magic).

          I like when this happens on really hectic days but it always bugs me that I don’t know what really happened.

        • #2685529

          jafr

          by bikeman ·

          In reply to Geek “area of effect”

          This must be related to something from my geology days (a geek with a hammer). Contractors on job sites would forever be picking up rocks and asking you to identify them. After one or two the standard answer was “Jafr”. Just another F**king rock. Also related to leaverite (leave it right there) and heaverite.

        • #2685502

          Reply To: Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

          by terry.kirkpatrick ·

          In reply to Geek “area of effect”

          now THAT’S a real Geek!

        • #3241822

          I agree –

          by napa gnome ·

          In reply to Geek “area of effect”

          Sometimes users just ask me to come lay my hands on their PC!!

        • #2685665

          Technician Effect

          by nicknielsen ·

          In reply to Actually, that’s a good definition of “dork.”

          “Some geeks have an “area of effect” that causes computers near them to behave, at least when owned by others.”

          This is actually called “Technician Effect” and is more accurately stated as “It only works when I call the repairman.” It’s a natural law that applies to all technological devices, not just computers, and explains why the mechanic can never hear that annoying little noise in the car, why the telephone always works when the repairman comes out, etc.

        • #2685504

          Reply To: Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

          by terry.kirkpatrick ·

          In reply to Actually, that’s a good definition of “dork.”

          ….Some geeks have an “area of effect” that causes computers near them to behave, at least when owned by others. A geek’s own computer is capable of inflicting massive pain and frustration on the geek.

          Now this, for some reason, is true.

        • #2685289

          Repair Aura

          by joseph moore ·

          In reply to Reply To: Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

          Yeah, I call it my “repair aura” and I mentioned it in my Geek list a few days ago.

          But it didn’t work last night for me! 🙁
          A user workstation did not come up after some OS patching, and I spent 3 hours trying to reverse everything, re-patch, and get the system stable again.
          Didn’t work. Had to rebuild.
          Sigh…. sometimes that happens. User workstations are always the world of the unknown.

        • #2685357

          Best Catch Phrase

          by jeffcarnes ·

          In reply to Actually, that’s a good definition of “dork.”

          “Area of Effect” This shall be my new explaination for why things suddenly work when entering the troubled hotspot. The “magic wand” or the claim that “they are afraid of me” or that “the matrix is real” have worn thin. It becomes a high compliment in defining the aura of geekdom.

        • #2672459

          Jedi Mind Trick

          by wgp_enoch ·

          In reply to Actually, that’s a good definition of “dork.”

          Having that influence on other’s systems is usually referred to as the Jedi mind trick. It is a common trait of Geeks.

        • #3241739

          So true!

          by firefly1522 ·

          In reply to Actually, that’s a good definition of “dork.”

          My daughter (10) will sometimes say to me “Mommy, come stand by the computer so it will work right!”

      • #2685042

        are you sure that intellect is related to social skills ?

        by james.chau ·

        In reply to Reply To: Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

        I am attracted more to a plain looking yet intelligent girl than a friendly yet slow witted one. Most intelligent folks are quite socially successful, whether or not they consider themselves to be superior intellectually….it is an attitude thing. Nice try.

    • #2686877

      What’s a geek?

      by rleeunc ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      One who understands that which is intended to aid its’ users, yet tends to invoke fear, mistrust, and misunderstanding among those same said users. Unfortunatly this understanding of the “unknown and feared” causes the same reaction to the machine to be conferred to the “geek”, hence to be forever misunderstood by mankind!! BTW-Merry Christmas!!

    • #2686816

      Geek:

      by edward.walters ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      1. A guru of a specific technical field: A Supreme point of contact (SPOC)
      2. Senior technical person often billed as a misanthrope whose act usually includes biting the head off less experienced personnel or inept users.

    • #2686812

      What is a geek

      by oz_media ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Well to me a geek was someone to beat up in high school , but I’m older and geeky now myself.

      I also saw Ozzy as a geek for biting those heads off but I wouldn’t degrade my hero.

      I think a geek nowdays is anyone who can fix YOUR computer. I have semi-savvy (new geek term?) friends who can help thier mom with her email and thier neighbours with sound card problems etc. They are often seen as geeks by those they help. When the problem passes him and gets to me, now I’m the geek. If I can’t fix it and my TR peers fix it, THEY are the geeks.

      So in short, anyone who can fix YOUR computer RIGHT NOW, is a geek by todays standards. No pocket protectors, no piles of old equipment, you don’t even have to like Star Trek, you just have to be the “computer go-to-guy” and TAG, YOU’RE the geek.

      • #2686808

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        by Jay Garmon ·

        In reply to What is a geek

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        The Trivia Geek

        • #2686793

          Here’s what you need

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Check out these related Discussions

          I cannot take credit for finding this as it was given to me by a TR peer who never had the added%20problem.

          I was confused as to why my links were getting a space added and he showed my the life saver of ALL%20internet%20links!

          http://www.tinyurl.com

          From the book of computing under Tiny URL 1.05 Chapter three, verse seven:
          “And the lord said, let there be shorter URL’s….and then there was Tiny URL!”

          Cheers Chas!

        • #2685951

          Technically Proficient

          by ldyoder ·

          In reply to Check out these related Discussions

          A geek is a technically proficient individual who lives for the fix. Solving a problem is their high. If you need something fixed, give it to a geek.

        • #2685765

          Don’t be saying that too loud

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Technically Proficient

          Your local mechanic may come looking for you.

      • #2686804

        You may be a computer geek if…

        by misssysadmin ·

        In reply to What is a geek

        1) You carry sticks of memory and anti-static bags in your purse

        2)You updated your version of Norton when you first heard about the SARS virus

        3) Everyone in your house has their own computer and they are all networked…the dog shares files with the cat.

        4)While under the influence of laughing gas you are able to uninstall and reinstall your dentist’s printer so they can print out your bill

        5) You know what the letters B.S.O.D mean and it makes your skin crawl

        • #2685898

          You may be a geek if…

          by dogbait ·

          In reply to You may be a computer geek if…

          The initials after your name are more important to you than the initials at the front of your name.

      • #2685523

        a geek’s geek

        by bikeman ·

        In reply to What is a geek

        Good point, I never looked at at he levels of geekness there could be……now I’ve been have a problem with Win XP pro and Outlook 2002……

    • #2686784

      Now days a Geek is

      by hal 9000 ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Someone who can not be understood by general computer users, they are the people who are called in as a last resort and when they explain what is wrong it is never understood by the customer and you can see their eyes glasing over as you speek to them with no comprenhension of what you are talking about. Inveriablt this just leads to the expression “Just Fix It and Don’t bother me with the Details.”

    • #2686004

      You might be a Geek if?..

      by fredj ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Sleek lines refer to your new ATX Case.
      You are always looking for a new app to install in our PDA to make life easier.
      You have a password-protected app to store all your passwords
      You have at least five different e-mail accounts.
      Work out – means running the latest intense graphics game on your PC.
      You secretly love being called a Geek.
      Gadgets are necessities.
      You get a thrill every time you find a new hotspot in your area.
      When watching a movie you know what brand and model PC is in the background.
      A BBS is not the British Broadcasting System, if fact you owned a BBS.
      Your emergency kit is composed of a toolkit, anti-virus disks and instant coffee.
      Techno lust is your weakness
      Your Expert Knowledgebase is GOOGLE.
      You check mail every 10 minutes., 5 if you are waiting on a new password for a new account.
      You own a couple domain names and are thinking of another one.
      Your wife wants you to get rid off all your spare parts at home.
      You have Banyan Vines on floppy disks.
      You buy everything on Ebay.
      You have a server at home and you are the network admin at home as well.
      You miss typing in DOS.
      Edlin is not your foreign neighbor?s son.

    • #2685974

      2 geek or not 2 geek

      by penguinvitamins2 ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Description:
      A miracle worker, after the IT sales staff leaves the client.

      Basic requirements (but rarely gets it):
      1. Free food
      2. Free bandwidth (lots)
      3. Free gadgets (with upgrade possibilities)
      4. Fully fitted lab (with its own coffee machine)

      Attributes:
      1. Expected to understand business terms, with no degree or interest in that direction.
      2. Defaults to the project manager for Enterprise business system implementations and be expected to understand business processes in a day (everyone else up to then was to lazy to document them).
      3. Broad shoulders to take the blame for everything vaguely resembling technology that goes wrong (even when the paper filters runs out at the coffee machine).
      4. Have empathy when you ask someone over the phone to check the cables, and the reply is “Do you take me for an idiot, I’ve already checked it 6 times”, but when you get there the cable is unplugged.

      Career aspirations (and true geeks normally get there):
      A multi-million company, selling overpriced highly demanded goods to the company that “did not understand me”.

    • #2685964

      GeEk…

      by mightyyoungfai ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Ones who comunicate in mutlti-lingual with end user.. knowing that they wont even knew what the h*** you are talking about.

    • #2685957

      My definition of a geek

      by Anonymous ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A geek is someone who, when informed that their company is at risk because the CEO has been found with his personal assistant, both semi-naked, and sweating, indulging some passionate physical intimacy behind Cisco layer 3 switch cabinet, looks worried, and asks if multicast IP routing is turned on.

    • #2685949

      What is a geek…

      by maxcronjob ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A geek should not be confused with “dork” or “nerd”. A geek is simply someone who is WAY INTO a particular bent, most likely SO MUCH MORE INTO a bent than the average Joe, that when asked a simple question about that particular bent, the geek will provide responses that will seem more like rantings in a foreign language than simple explanations that Joe can understand.

    • #2685946

      My friends call me Geek, Mr. Geek to you.

      by penguinvitamins2 ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Carries around a photo of her (PC) in his wallet
      Upgrades more than 3 times a year.
      Boot up straight to the command line.
      Uses “/” instead of “\”.
      Types faster than talking.
      Understand that the term “Getting your wires crossed”, really mean GETTING YOUR WIRES CROSSED.
      Can solder board level components
      Still have a few XT CPU chips hidden in a shoebox just in case it is needed for spares on the many satellites up there still using these chips.
      Cried when the “Turbo button” was eventually dropped from motherboards, now knows everything related to “Over Clocking” and “Cooling”.
      Thinks up acronyms like ?TCP/IP, ADSL, ISDN, EIDE, SCSI, Serial ATA, MPLS etc.?
      Tries to interface everything with everything.
      Download the Internet in one lifetime (or seriously tries to)
      Read books for pleasure like? Advance TCP/IP V6, Building your own moon station in 24 hours, Getting serious about software reverse engineering?
      Write books like ?Advance TCP/IP V6, Building your own moon station in 24 hours, Getting serious about software reverse engineering?

      Has the default home page set to TechRepublic on all the 5 different installed web browsers.

    • #2685944

      You are a gEEk When…

      by brianstarr9 ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      you are contenplating how to add TCP/IP to your pinball machine…

      http://www.starrtrek.com/html/starrcade.html

    • #2685936

      Geek Isn’t a Four Letter Word…

      by notcarsondaly ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      “Geek isn’t a four letter word, it’s a six figure one” – One of my colleagues is always saying that.

    • #2685935

      A geek by any other name…

      by richfp ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      William Clinton’s greatest act as president was to popularize the term wonk (technically know spelled backwards), which seems more acceptable than geek.

      Either way, my (self) definition is as follows, which unfortunately includes myself:

      A person who is so heavily involved in a field that they at least occasionally lose the ability to communicate their knowledge to non technical people. Every field, from the sciences to art history, has technical jargon and a rich history of meaning that only a geek can appreciate.

      The result is that when a non-geek asks a geek a question, the geek will often explain way more than the non-geek is interested in (or capable of understanding). Geeks understand something in DEPTH, usually in excruciating detail, as well as the high-level view.

      What makes them geeks instead of scholars (in the eyes of non-geeks) is their inability to reach the non-geek at their level of understanding. So, many teachers are inadverdant geeks, as are some archaeologists and art historians, and some sports enthusiasts.

      The geek phrase used to be the non-geeks way of leveling the playing field, by overcoming a feeling of not knowing with a feeling of being socially superior. Thank God that is changing, and geeks are finally garnering some respect.

      The short form of my definition of geek: someone who knows so much about a topic that they sometimes have difficulty communicating with those who do not know as much on the topic.

      With our advances in technology, eventually, we will be a planet full of geeks, and will have to grok to be able to talk at all.

      • #2685515

        grok

        by bikeman ·

        In reply to A geek by any other name…

        You might qualify for as a geek if you understand the term “Grok”

        • #2685456

          Grok in fullness

          by singerguy ·

          In reply to grok

          Not only did I clearly understand grok, but I had a few moments filled with a flood of very pleasant memories. 😉

      • #2685484

        “what time is it?”

        by terry.kirkpatrick ·

        In reply to A geek by any other name…

        “…The result is that when a non-geek asks a geek a question, the geek will often explain way more than the non-geek is interested in (or capable of understanding). Geeks understand something in DEPTH, usually in excruciating detail, as well as the high-level view. ”

        I had a friend who would say of me, “When I ask you for the time, you tell me how to build a clock.”

    • #2685933

      A geek is…

      by nicknielsen ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      …an individual who can describe a technical function in “simple language” that only another geek can understand.

      • #2685928

        X=HP, Y=Pocketprotector, X+Y=Geek outfit

        by penguinvitamins2 ·

        In reply to A geek is…

        Swapped the old Scientific calculator and pocket protector back in 1997, when the first handheld came out. (Felt somewhat lost…Never found a REAL replacement for the pocket protector though).

      • #2685890

        Recursion OK?

        by jdgeek ·

        In reply to A geek is…

        Is the sorting algorithm set up to process recursion? Crap I need to recompile with new definitions.

    • #2685917

      Geek Definition

      by ksmith ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A geek is someone who has more RJ-45 connectors and screws in their changepurse than change!
      A geek is someone who, as soon as a new “toy” arrives, has to take the cover off immediately to see the inside workings.

    • #2685916

      To me a geek is

      by lanmanjs ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      There are geeks of all types. They?re someone that knows a great deal about a subject or several subjects that other people either do not take the time or have no wish to learn about so they call you to fix any issues they may be having with a particular problem. These days it?s usually technical people that know about networks, internet connections, protocol routing, computer viruses, firewalls and so many others that the term geek is referred. Just a few things associated with being this type of geek:

      Someone that has to ?dumb down? what they?re saying to others to be understood.
      You think carrying around a PDA makes you look cool.
      You have a building pile of old computer junk at home.
      You think getting paid to work with computers is like being paid to play with your toys.
      You think ?Intel Inside ? Idiot Outside? is hilarious.
      You?re automatically the blame for the problem just for showing up to fix it.
      Someone has said to you ?I hit a button and everything went all gray.?
      You can really identify with a lot of the Dilbert comics.
      The minimum size of your technical downloads takes over 6GIGS of disk space.

      Mostly, you?re actually the go to person when someone does have a technical problem. You?re the one that understands you have to take the bad with the good and not everything will work out perfectly every time you do something. You know that changing one thing can, and usually will, affect a great many things. Just from knowing these things, every once in a while you?re the one that gets to be the hero in the eyes of those that don?t understand the workings when you fix the problem.

    • #2685914

      Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      by david.herron ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A geek is someone who lives and breathes technology 24 hours a day but is in denial. A nurd on the otherhand, is someone who lives and breathes technology 24 hours a day but is not in denial and doesn’t care.

    • #2685913

      Geeks Defined

      by rnunley ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A “true” geek is someone that carries a “startup” disk in his pocket. True scenario: My computer would not boot up one morning, and I called out asking if anyone had a “boot disk” handy, and low and behold, my instructor walked over to me and reached in his right top shirt pocket and handed me one. We both had a good laugh.

    • #2685908

      Slow news week?

      by djdybwad ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      I’m very disappointed that CIO/Tech Republic has seen fit to engage in a contest of defining what a “geek” is. Will you also have a week to define other derogatory terms like “slants, slopes, spiks and spooks”?

      You do I/T no favor when you put your efforts towards seperating I/T from the rest of the business. You should be working on strategies to form a stonger bond between the bright, intelligent, hard-working people that make up I/T organisations.

      We’re on-call 24 hours a day like doctors, solve problems that often are “life or death” for businesses, and we are paid like nurses. As a subscriber, I would rather see your publications use your sizeable journalistic powers to improve the way I/T people are viewed by the business community, instead of adding fire to a sterotype that only degrades individuals because they are intelligent.

      I’ve very disappointed.

      Dan Dybwad

      • #2685802

        Ok, here’s one specially for you

        by penguinvitamins2 ·

        In reply to Slow news week?

        A minimum wage, underestimated, futurist, specialising in analysing or improving aspects of human progress, improving on it where possible.

        (like a naturist having interest in fauna and flora but in most cases barely making ends meet).

        We geeks stand together. We love our work. We will try to help the business as best we can BUT we sometime enjoy a bit of humor (like normal people).

        From another underpaid “G..k”.. sorry slipped out. Have fun 🙂

      • #2685713

        No name calling

        by alanthetech ·

        In reply to Slow news week?

        This discussion was created to corralate with the “Keep the Geek” campaign and its successful win.

      • #2685606

        Well, aren’t you just a ray of sunshine?!

        by gawiman ·

        In reply to Slow news week?

        Relax, Dan – Geek used to be derogatory but we’ve succeeded in making it fashionable. Lots of movie heros are geeks now. (You may not like this parallel, but ‘queer’ used to be an insult, and now it’s cool – the name of a TV series even.)

        Oversensitivity is ruining humor.

      • #2685453

        Re: Slow news week?

        by singerguy ·

        In reply to Slow news week?

        As a subscriber, I would rather see your publications use your sizeable journalistic powers to improve the way I/T people are viewed by the business community, instead of adding fire to a sterotype that only degrades individuals because they are intelligent.

        I’ve very disappointed.

        Hmmm, for someone so intelligent, don’t you mean to say I’m very disappointed?

        We geeks are sensitive to typos and grammer, you know.

    • #2685904

      definition of a geek

      by michael.brodock ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A misunderstood person that communicates better with technologically advanced machines than biologicals.

    • #2685894

      You Know You’re a Geek When …..

      by daveslash ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      You Know You’re a Geek When …..

      – You know more computer languages than foreign languages
      – You wear clothes with computer-related logos on them
      – You bring program listings to the bathroom with you
      – The salespeople at the computer store cannot answer any of your questions
      – You work in a cubicle containing any of the following:
      ==> one or more Dilbert comic-strips hanging on the walls
      ==> a stuffed Dilbert doll
      ==> a Dilbert calendar
      – On vacation, you bring a programming book to read in your “spare time”
      – You have a web-page of useless personal information and pictures of yourself
      – You receive more e-mail than snail mail
      – You have more friends on the Internet than in real life
      – Your reason for not staying in touch with family is that they do not have e-mail
      – You recognize IBM equipment just by its 4-digit code
      – There are more than 50 floppy disks or CD-ROM?s in your desk at work
      – You recognize any of these terms: TCP/IP, Usenet, terabyte, BSD, DASD, IPL, EBCDIC, maxint, bytecode
      – You have more mega-bytes than mega-bucks
      – You never attracted the opposite sex when you were in school, but now that you?re a highly paid techno-geek, you have become a veritable mate-magnet.
      – You seriously considered bringing your laptop computer with you on vacation (or even worse … on your honeymoon)
      – You live close to the beach in California, but the term “surfing” primarily makes you think of the Internet
      – You know the names of the fonts you see in various advertising.
      – You religiously study the weekly newspaper advertising supplement from Fry’s Electronics
      – You can quote scenes from any Monty Python movie
      – Your wrist-watch has more computing power than the computer you used five years ago
      – You track the progress of your diet on a spreadsheet (complete with a full-color graph)
      – You have actually emailed or faxed greeting cards to relatives and friends.

    • #2685885

      ?You Mite be a Geek? ? Jeff Foxworthy Style

      by jimhm ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      ?You Mite be a Geek? ? Jeff Foxworthy Style
      * If you tossed out your ?Pocket Protector? for a PDA ? you mite be a Geek.
      * If you can do Hexadecimal or octal math in your head – you mite be a Geek.
      * If you can converse with others in programming language better than you can in your native language – you mite be a Geek.
      * If you have more computers at home than you do in your office cubical – you mite be a Geek.
      * If you have 3 different operating systems running on your home machines – you mite be a Geek.
      * If you carry on your belt on in your purse a page, cell phone and Blackberry device ? you mite be a Geek.
      * If you can?t do without the latest picture phone, PDA or other electronic device ? you mite be a Geek.
      * If you spend more time working on your home network than you do with your wife and kids ? you mite be a Geek.
      * If you?ve gone through more monitors at home than televisions ? you mite be a Geek.
      * If you tell techno jokes and find them funny ? you mite be a Geek.

      Just a few quckies – more are welcome..

    • #2685855

      G.E.E.K.

      by cparent ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Graduate with
      Exemplary
      Electronic
      Knowledge

      • #2685661

        I like this one!

        by nicknielsen ·

        In reply to G.E.E.K.

        As one of the [probably] few TechRepublic members who can identify a flip-flop or gate from either its logic symbol or its schematic diagram, this definition strikes a chord.

        Unfortunately, the vast majority of “geeks” wouldn’t recognize an electron if it bit ’em!

    • #2685850

      You Might be a Geek if!

      by mjkurtz ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      You get excited about the Geek Trivia Calendar and try to download it multiple times and keep getting a 404 error.

    • #2685846

      Geek definition

      by nerdse ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A Geek is a person for whom jewelry commercials elicit the response, “You could buy a PDA and a laptop for what that thing costs, and they’d actually do something besides hang on your body and tempt thieves.”

      • #2685672

        The Word “Geek” Defined

        by lowson ·

        In reply to Geek definition

        The meaning of the word geek ?is a person to whome others secretly admire?

    • #2685833

      hmmm-

      by havenmoth ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A large group of extremely creative, excentric people.

    • #2685812

      Geek Definition

      by W Bahny ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Someone who willingly browses the computer and/or science section of the local bookstore for leisure reading material.

    • #2685794

      my definition of a geek

      by trmartin ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      As I would define it in this example, a geek is one who possesses and displays specific, in-depth knowledge, of very interesting information from a vast field; however useless that information may be percieved to “outsiders”; that is found to be very informative and entertaining and to a select group of like-mided geek wannabees.

    • #2685788

      How many geeks does it take…?

      by cindi ramirez ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Q: How many geeks does it take to change a light bulb?

      A: None – because their bulbs never burn out, they just burn brighter.

    • #2685779

      Greatly Exaggerated Expertise and Knowledge (-:

      by stelian ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Greatly Exaggerated Expertise and Knowledge (-:

    • #2685760

      I was told I was a geek

      by mhoover ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      I was riding on the elevator with the CIO of the company I am working for. I stated that they should design a queuing system for elevators so that people are optimally positioned in the elevator for getting off. He stated …” you really are a geek!”.

    • #2685757

      Function over Form

      by alanthetech ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Geek: One who puts function over form. Always.

    • #2685755

      standard defination of a GEEK

      by delnann ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      pocket protector loaded with pens, pencils and various other devices used to measure and calculate mathematically in front shirt pocket. Various referance books in pants pockets or hands. Black rimed birthcontrol glasses used to look at the ground anytime around people. Normally introverted except when discussing anything having to do with their realm of expertize where they soar like eagles.

    • #2685753

      What is a geek? I AM!

      by phillb ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A geek is any person who displays an eccentric dedication to any particular technology or group of technologies. This dedication is displayed as passion, with geeks often collecting mementos of their chosen technology.

      While many geeks are unable to relate on a normal social level, this is not always the case. Some geeks are not emotionally stunted, and display the ability to translate high level technical matters into much lower level dialect.

    • #2685750

      The many moods of geekdom…

      by andreasim ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Being a geek means…

      – Wardrobe consisting of nothing more than jeans, t-shirt, denim jacket and Colardos

      – Jolt cola, home-delivered pizza, burgers and freeze-dried coffee

      – where a “‘Friends’ marathon” refers to watching and talking to characters in Morrowind for six hours stright

      – The number of computers in your room outweighs the number of available hub connections

      – being a rebel means buying AMD and Linux

      – IT is more than just a job and a hobby

      – Relaxation means playing games on your playstation instead of your computer

      – having Dilbert, Tux and Kenny stuffed toys to fill the space between the programming texts

      and

      – being geeky means taking out the time to enter contests like this one!!!

      Cheers,
      AndreaSim

    • #2686360

      Truest Geek?

      by jeslurkin ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A person, having a job in another field, who deeply studies a complex and “uninteresting” field, even to the point of spending money.

    • #2686343

      A geek must master obscure SciFi trivia

      by mcr073 ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A true geek will be able to complete any line from the Star Trek Movies; such as the end of Star Trek III The search for Spock, when Sarek tells Spock “I would take my leave of you Spock, do you have a message for your mother?” and Leonard Nimoy (Spock) responds “Tell her…”

      The real geek will be able to finish that sentence.

      • #2686279

        Tell her…

        by Jay Garmon ·

        In reply to A geek must master obscure SciFi trivia

        …I feel fine”

        Though that scene actually appears at the end of Star Trek IV, after the Federation Council has tried and demoted Capt. Kirk for the theft and destruction of the Enterprise.

        Spock’s last words in Star Trek III are “Jim…your name is Jim.”

      • #2686207

        C’mon, give me a hard one

        by alanthetech ·

        In reply to A geek must master obscure SciFi trivia

        “Tell her” + “that I feel fine”.

        • #2685645

          OK it was ST IV… Thanks

          by mcr073 ·

          In reply to C’mon, give me a hard one

          Another way to know a true Geek is to the Geek will know what “the other’s” name was in ST-TOS, episode with ‘Nomad’, lookking for its creator. Who was the creator that Nomad mistook Shatner for, and what was the name of the ‘other’ probe that Nomad merged with? What was Nomad’s original mission and what was the ‘other’ probe’s original mission?

          Thanks for the fun,

          M C-R

    • #2686297

      Geek

      by bohica35 ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      As a Geek, we have mastered the English language based on acronyms.
      We correct salespeople on technical specs.
      WE have criticized normality.
      We find beta testing stimulating.
      We have skipped parties to program or repair computers, Switches, or Routers.
      We have read entire computer manuals.
      Have earned our MCSE in 4 months – sad but true.
      We have more acronyms after our names then our family doctors.
      We own more then 3+ computers.
      What do you mean “I don’t need a rack mounted server in my house”?
      Our homes are networked.
      We can subnet a subnet.
      Write in binary, just to confuse people.

      • #2685117

        Geek

        by saphil9 ·

        In reply to Geek

        Completed your MCSE in four MONTHS?!?!
        That is terrific!

        I said “The hell with it! They are bringing out new OS’s too often.” and went for a MS. lol

        If I had completed the MCSE in 4 months, or even thought that an option, then maybe things would have been different.

        -Wolf

    • #2686256

      Taking this challenge realistically…

      by my2bits ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Geek – geek (symbol for long e unavailable), n, 1. a person, usually male, having the qualities of a focused intellect in the areas of science, math, biology or technology 2. not adept in relationship skills or emotional connectedness esp. relating to the opposite sex or children, usually resulting in separation, divorce or estrangement with others 3. a person, usually male, who fails to notice, embrace or participate in the evolutionary changes of social norms, ie language, clothing, humor, body image, etc. 4. a person disapproved of esp. by others for exhibiting the trait of cluelessness outside his focused intellect. “He was known as an absent-minded professor.” 5. a person, usually male, who generously and single-mindedly creates a bridge for men, women and children of the general public to reach the equipment, programs and benefits of information technology, and will, when faced with the inevitable bugs, tirelessly pursue solution. adv adj and additional:geeky, geekiness, geekdom v. geeked “He geeked up my computer.”

    • #2686108

      literatly speaking

      by arganaras ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      If you call someone a geek, you are saying in a rather unkind way that you think he is stupid and weak. An informal word used especially by young people.
      Guillermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    • #2686059

      The quest for “Geekdom”

      by kyox ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      …in my humble, yet slightly geeky view can best
      be defined as…
      Garnering Engineering Excellence through
      Knowledge

      SighNide

    • #2686058

      Definition of a GEEK

      by darren ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Genuine
      Excentric
      Extraverted
      Kid

    • #2686056

      a geek is

      by info_dep ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      you talk computers and nobody understands what the hell your talking about except geeks.

    • #2686050

      Geek defined

      by robthegeek ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      *G*reat *E*lectronics *E*xcited *K*ids, a geek is a person who will walk into a strip club with a computer controlled laser show, and watch the lights to see if there is a pattern to the randomness

    • #2685683

      A Geek Is:

      by ric ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A technically gifted and sometimes socially inactive.

      Or

      Someone who posts a response to a “What is a Geek” contest.

      🙂

    • #2685678

      You are pronouncing it wrong

      by i_owe ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      You are pronouncing it wrong; it is pronounced ?Genius?!

    • #2685676

      True Geekness

      by dazapw ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      The geek is one who revels in the knowledge of all that is electronical, mathematical and intellectual, having human relations as an alternative measure.

    • #2685675

      Who? Whah? is a GEEK?

      by xeximian03 ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A GEEK is one who prefers technological intrigue to social form – a fast CPU and deep storage to a one-night-stand. A GEEK would take his computer on his HONEYMOON – (got to have e-mail!)

    • #2685670

      my definition of a Geek

      by simon.falla@btopenworld ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A sad, spotty, bespectacled little twerp, who could really do with sleeping with a woman (for the first time)…and not keep telling me how “Really cool” his new Motherboard is, and how ‘Simcity Rocks man!’…….Yes Dave @ Econ Engineering!…IT’S YOU!!!!!!!!!

    • #2685668

      my definition of a Geek

      by simon.falla@btopenworld ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A sad, spotty, bespectacled little twerp, who could really do with sleeping with a woman (for the first time)…and not keep telling me how “Really cool” his new Motherboard is, and how ‘Simcity Rocks man!’…….Yes Dave @ Econ Engineering!…IT’S YOU!!!!!!!!!

    • #2685657

      Definition of Geek

      by travlnbard ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      I like Dictionary.com’s definition: “A person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept.”

      I think a geek is someone who is given a request to define something and immediately goes to Dictionary.com for the answer.

      LOL

    • #2685656

      GEEK Defined

      by joe cassidy ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      You amy be a geek when you:-
      – have worn the same clothes continiously for a week – becuase you have to finish coding & havent had time – even for sleeping.
      – have worn the same cloths for a week because mum has not washed your other trousers and jumper – despite being a 35 yr old.
      – your shoe collection consists of just 2 pairs of sandles (JB’s).
      – when the only other person that you can relate to is a another geek.
      – when you run an OS that nobody has heard of.
      – spend days writing code to shave seconds of a task.
      – prove that the message you sent across 3,000 miles of cable & exchanges arrives on the PC next to you.
      – explain things in a thousand words when 5 would suffice, and in 5 words when 1,000 would be helpful.

      • #2685625

        Yep, I’m a Geek

        by disciplen2k ·

        In reply to GEEK Defined

        Wow, i didn’t realize how much of a geek i really was until i read through all the postings. I feel so proud!
        I think Geeks are designed more to interface with machines than communicate with actual living breathing people. They generally are highly advanced in the areas of science, logic, and mathematics, but are often lacking in social skills. And, in my case at least, can read a binary clock (thinkgeek.com) faster than an analog one.
        And i totally agree on the Dictionary.com thing (glad to know it’s not just me!)

        DiscipleN2k

    • #2685644

      Geek

      by john.gittings ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      The guy or gal that can answer your question.

    • #2685643

      What is a “geek”?

      by skrog ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A person who has what appears to be a “devine” ability to walk up to a users computer and it start working as the user expects and without touching the machine or saying a word, make them feel stupid.

    • #2685638

      Geek, emphasis on “Eeek!”

      by overworked admin ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      We should think outside the box; there are more geeks than computer geeks and proud of it!
      GEEK (geek), n. acronym for Giver of Engineering, Ergonomic, or Kinetic information or services. Services or information rendered result in receiver’s response, a combination admiration and repulsion, of a portmanteau word combining “god” and “eek.” Hence, geek. That or anyone who still remembers all their administrative passwords from 1999.

    • #2685636

      I have really said this…

      by dave ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      I used the following sentence in an actual conversation, with real people…

      “I was late getting to the party, so all the Gig ports were taken.”

      Geek. 🙂

    • #2685631

      A geek is ………

      by nakkii ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Someone who’s life revolves around technology and science; and who’s adrenaline starts pumping while on the bleeding edge of technology or when a new gadget is rumored in the grapevine. A geek is someone who reads periodicals like “17th Annual IEEE Conference on Computational Complexity
      Proceedings”.

    • #2685630

      G.E.E.K.s

      by frivers ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Global Experts of Electronic Kinks. Sounds corny, but then again, so does Geeks. Individuals honored with this title are those that seek tangible solutions to the never-ending problems of the Information Technology evolution. We are dynamic in nature and are comprised of unlimited diversity. We evolve not by choice, but by the challenges of constructing a better IT infrastructure for the User. We are developers, programmers, analyst, and critical thinkers that do not settle for “what is”, but seek out the “what ifs”. We are digital explorers of a world unseen by the naked eye, and we do this out of curiosity and our need to satisfy our inquisitiveness. As researchers, we separate ourselves from the intracacies of everyday life to develop a better understanding of the whys of IT. It is a thankless job at times, but a job, no doubt, that comes with a sense of accomplishment; even if we, the manipulators of technology are the only ones that realize the feat.

    • #2685614

      What is a geek

      by gregnd ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A geek is someone who’s entire wardrobe consists of shirts received at tech conferences!

    • #2685613

      You ARE a Geek if….

      by vectra-v6 ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Your computer set-up at home is more complex than the one you are paid to look after at work is.

      • #2685440

        right definition of geek……..

        by hi_min2 ·

        In reply to You ARE a Geek if….

        Geek is a mad-person who always want to shout loudly,beat the desks with hands when he/she find something which he/she
        is searching .in simple he/she is a foooooooooooool.

    • #2685603

      Define what a ‘geek’ is

      by davek ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A geek is a person who nerver give up and always has fun getting the answer. Always cheerful!

      • #2685589

        Best one yet, Dave!

        by gawiman ·

        In reply to Define what a ‘geek’ is

        “…a person who never give up and always has fun getting the answer. Always cheerful!”

        Right on, Dave! We’re the techno-heros of the new world. Most of us have a “Scotty” complex, signalling back up to the bridge that warp power is back on NOW! We defend the user against bad interface design, get the protocols talking to one another, and when things look darkest, can always find the file on a redundant backup somewhere. We understand that if technology disappeared tomorrow, half the world would starve within six months. (Think GPS-enabled farm tractors and worldwide grain-futures networks!) Geeks are the reason the world’s economy is 20x the size (even after adjusting for inflation) that it was 40 years ago. On and on…

    • #2685576

      Todays Geek is no longer Alice Cooper

      by tammye7 ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Perhaps when I was growing up, before the computer age, the criteria for a geek would have been Alice Cooper. In todays world The Computer Geek is someone who lives and breathes computers. They can fix a computer that noone else has been able to by the tweek of a dial. They do not work in the field because it is just a hobby. Their own computer they have built themself and it has all of the latest features and a few that have not been thought of yet. Some one that I would want to fix my computer if it broke for sure. This person would do it as a friend and not for money.

    • #2685569

      Definition of a “geek”

      by inaylor ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A person who is far out; not conventional

    • #2685566

      Defenition of a Geek

      by smart_* ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A geek is anyone who would much rather sit in front of a computer than go outside for any reason. Any geek knows that once he/she steps outside (even for a second) everyone (even if they only know you through your second cousins ex-boyfriends mothers uncle) is going to start asking questions about their computer and want the geek to come over to fix the said computer at no charge. After all, this uncle is your friend from second grade that you have not spoken with in over 25 years because you have been working on computers since then.

    • #2685565

      A geek is…

      by tschredl ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      … someone who installs Windows XP on 486 and 386 computers, and Office 2003 on Windows 3.1 — just to see if it works!

    • #2685558

      My definition of a geek is…..

      by peteg ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      * Someone who was scorned in High School because he didn’t fit in with others as an intellectual. Then the Prom Queen picks them to marry AFTER high school!
      * Someone who always manages to fit in an engineering or technical discussion at any dinner or cocktail party.
      * Someone who gets picked on by the jocks and gets their revenge AFTER High School by being the only one who can support any kind of technology for the above mentioned jocks and other cliques (and usually earns way more then most of them!)

    • #2685547

      A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.S.

      by dirkus ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      To understand and use IT verbage (such as Virtual Private Network, Accelerated Graphics Port, or Microsoft Management Console) is only the first step. However, in order to truly earn the reputation as a geek, one must speak the language of a geek…a.k.a. (no pun intended) acronyms (VPN, AGP, MMC).

    • #2685540

      Geekdom the next level

      by jeffcarnes ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A geek is a person who has an easy time understanding how to work with electronic technology and knows that most other people do not get it very easily. They have an inner knowledge that most computer problems are caused by something between the keyboard and the wall. How they deal with that knowledge divides them into two subclassifications, the revered geek and the reviled geek. Geeks in the revered category take the time to attempt educating their users so they begin to see how and why their devices work and hopefully develop the ability to problem solve on their own. When successful the user’s self-esteem soars and the reverence for their budding alliance with geekdom does also. The reviled geek can fix the problem but does not share the bond of geekdom forcing the users into a cycle of dependency, which they come to regard as a necessary evil that they resent. To sum it up, geeks understand electronic technology. The revered geek understands people as well.

    • #2685536

      Geeks

      by lawrence.noye ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      I’m a retired “Geek” living in a mobile-home park of 500 families, some of whom are less than fortunate in their finances. I make it a practice to help out any of them who need it for nothing.

      The things that happen to them (which they DIDN’T do) while trying to keep in touch with their families keeps me hopping !

      Recommend it to anyone
      Larry Noyes

    • #2685535

      Who is a Geek?

      by fborges78 ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A geek(like myself) is one who is a little brainy, has an afinity for mechanical things (like a computer), are sensitive to others’ needs, do not express themselves as well in words but their actions speak volumes. We will drop everything in a pinch to help someone who needs help (especially on a computer).

      • #2685227

        well then….who isn’t a geek ?

        by james.chau ·

        In reply to Who is a Geek?

        well put. in a way we are all geeks sometimes, especially if it is a rainy day and we see someone stuck in a broken down car with a notebook computer. Of course, a geek would fix the notebook first before checking out the car…

    • #2685534

      Definition of Geek

      by dwkube ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Geek, a person of logic. Appreciated by people of intelligence and misunderstood by those less fortunate.

    • #2685532

      Geek you say

      by t-cally ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Geeks – “One with the endless intuition”. Imagine the world without all the past, present and future geeks. Can you imagine what they were saying about the geek that came up with indoor plumbing?
      Geeks ask the question what if and seek to find an answer.

    • #2685528

      This had me convinced

      by techlizard ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Apparently talking to non-technical people in technical terms with a look of complete delight and excitement is a trait of geekdom. I have friends who listen to my techno-babble, and while they’ve confessed they’ve not understood a word I said they love the enthusiasm I use to express my geekineess. The also add if there were someone around who could understand me they’d probably not see me for days.

    • #2685527

      You must be a geek if

      by bikeman ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      if you even consider entering this contest to win the following prizes:

      TechRepublic coffee mug, with the top winners in both categories receiving his or her choice of a TechRepublic Book or CD.

    • #2685526

      Definition of a geek:

      by chipmicro ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Geek: Example of the classic educational question – which is more important, Math or P.E.?

    • #2685511

      Main Entry: geek

      by bmn ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Main Entry: geek
      Pronunciation: ‘gEk
      Function: noun
      3 : a person who possesses expertise, heightened knowledge and/or a high level of skill in a particular field or profession. Similar to ?egg head?, synonymous with ?expert? or ?professional?. Can be used to describe any individual or group of individuals that perform a task or tasks with perfection.
      e.g. computer geek, radio geek, techno geek or legal geek. Can also be used a plural e.g. ?go see the legal geeks down the hall for that form?

      4 : a person who demonstrates an above average interest or obsession in an aspect of their work or a hobby.
      e.g. golf geek, radio geek or administrative geek

      Brett Nelson

    • #2685509

      sorry for the double post, but

      by techlizard ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      I can’t decide which contest this applies to:

      A geek has an incredible amount of impatience for people who are not as smart as the geek.

      If every conversation management invites you into begins with “Let’s keep this non-technical..”

      Justifying your lack of athletic ability by reminding yourself of your technical abilities (people who have such large and heavy brains are naturally clumsy I always say).

      Not being able to control your body language when being told to do something that is completely illogical.

      When asked the question “What would you do if you won the lottery?” you respond that you’d still work but on YOUR terms (because you love your work) and then you day dream of all the free time and money you could have to work for yourself building, writing, coding, developing via satellite connections on remote exotic lands….

      ….uh, what were we talking about again???

      • #2684751

        Oh, gawd, I just said that last week…..

        by ididrtmhonest ·

        In reply to sorry for the double post, but

        Some local folks won the lottery and we were all dreaming about what we would have done if it had been us and I said, “I’d still work but on MY terms. If I won BIG, I’d tear all of the networking and most of the servers and computers out of the building and start over. And set aside a fund to pay for planned replacement of the equipment”. How sweet it would be to work with decent machines and a fast network! Most of our computers are between 5 and 15 years old.

    • #2685496

      A GEEK is

      by napa gnome ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Galluptious
      wonderful, delightful, delicious [also galoptious]

      Elucubrate
      to work out or express by studious effort; to burn the midnight oil

      Equanimity
      evenness of mind esp. under stress; right disposition, balance

      Kalon
      the ideal of physical/moral beauty esp as conceived by the Greek philosophers, the kind of beauty that is more than skin deep

    • #2685491

      The difference between a nerd and a geek

      by bblauvelt ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A nerd is a person who spends every waking moment of their life staring at a computer screen.

      A geek is a person who spends every waking moment of their life staring at a computer screen. but doesn’t see anything wrong with it.

      • #2685487

        GEEK humor

        by cerebral*origami ·

        In reply to The difference between a nerd and a geek

        A geek is one who gets a kick out ou telling someone they have an ID 10 T error.

        Or that he problem lies int the carbon interface between the screen and the keyboard (or seat).

        8^)

    • #2685488

      G.E.E.K.S.

      by howard.blake ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      The term “GEEK” applied to members of the Techno class is actually an acronym that means:

      Genetically Elite and Exceptionally Knownledgeable of Systems. Refers to professionals in all computer fields

      Other terms and their definitions:
      G.U.R.U. – GEEKS Undeniably Rule the Universe (need I say more? The cream of the GEEKS).

      T.R.O.G.S.
      Technically Retarded Obviously Genetically Substandard. Refers to idiots that don’t have a clue about computers (or anything else, for that matter)

      GORT (A extremely backward TROG) – An even more dain-bramaged TROG (usually WAY UPPER Management).

      C.L.U.T.S – Clueless Lost Useless and Totally Stupid. Refers to the person that bosses around the IT department where you work

      D.O.R.C. – Demented Obtuse Retarded and Clueless. This is a C.L.U.T.S. boss…

      D.W.E.E.B. – Dangerous With Everything Except the Basics. Refers to the folks that attempt to help out your users with their computer problems, resulting in more work for you. Any (simple) problem they can’t solve on the computer results in telling the user they must reformat the hard drive and reload Windows.

      WIZARD – Wonderfully intelligent zany articulate resourceful dilettante. Refers to the troop that is not quite a G.E.E.K., but has a bit of limited natural ability. Helps answers questions posed by TROGS and saves you from having to kill them (WIZARDS are a good thing, as long as they don’t try to get too creative on your network).

      There are others, but my TROG boss is here, so I’ll have to send those on another posting. 🙂
      Regards,
      Howard

    • #2685486

      2 Kinds of Geek

      by schlyder ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      There are actually 2 types of Geeks.

      Office Geek – The technician that works with a user for 15 minutes over the phone to solve a problem, who can walk up to the users desk and the problem solves itself out of sheer fear.

      Home Geek – The person who has his/her own network with Windows, Linux, OS/2, and
      a handheld all working together smoothly with their licensed Win NT 3.51 server. This person will generally have an All-In-One 486 Compaq computer that he/she just hasn’t found the time to install their copy of Novel DOS on.

    • #2685485

      you’re a geek if…

      by techsupport ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      you never have the covers on your computer…

    • #2685481

      Geek Def

      by dabigdawg ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      One who interacts with technology in everyday life and enjoys the brilliance of new technology and how it cahnges the world.

    • #2685477

      Geek Defined – without looking in the mirror

      by outsourcer ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Defined:
      1) A person obsessed with technology:
      -/ v. haunt in mind, with the application of applied arts and science.
      example:
      A geek is a unique animal. One that spends 60+ hours a week working in and on an IT environment; just to go home and participate in Internet forums, and write code to “relax”.

    • #2685476

      Reply To: Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      by joe ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A geek is someone with hyper curiosity and an insatiable desire for more knowledge.

      Geeks are not restricted to the technical domain.

    • #2685475

      Geek defined

      by kwyrick ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      The best way to define a Geek is b comparrison to a nurd. A Geek will spend most to the day in front of a computer. A nurd will spend most of the day in front of a computer and enjoy it.
      Our chosen profession is Geekdom…. We are problem solvers. Any nurd can write code. It takes a geek to fix it.

    • #2685459

      geek definition

      by ls9 ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Geek: a person who is, by their own volition, a specialist in an area of technology and characterized by an arcane vocabulary of jargon . A geek is often sterotyped as elusive and antisocial on one hand and admired for their technical abilities on the other . A geek is usually assumed to be male and often associated with computer technology .

    • #2685458

      What is a geek?

      by sean wyatt ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      They spell it g33k and they warm up their leftover pizza by setting it on top of their old 21″ CRT monitor.

    • #2685433

      “Where two or more are gathered…”

      by rjfranken ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A Geek is among those whom consider Star Trek Church-but they’re the ones who contribute to the Bloopers books.

    • #2685424

      My definition of a Geek…

      by mpnelson ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A geek is someone who would gladly put a saddle on a cow, not because it serves any useful purpose, but because those lacking the geek gene just don’t get it.

    • #2685402

      Define what a ‘geek’ is

      by sstolar ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      To paraphrase the French philosopher, Decarte, I compute, therefore I am?a geek.

    • #2685380

      What a ‘geek’ is

      by 2nd-generation-geek ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      If your father describes you as a “third-generation computer geek” because it runs in the family, then you are a computer geek.

    • #2685332

      GEEK Defined

      by greg.techrepublic ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A geek is:

      G – Gets
      E – Everyone
      E – Excited
      about
      K – Komputers

      Greg

    • #2685326

      def.of geek

      by joemaldonado39 ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      try these variants…
      really *bad* geek: one that looks at some one and says, “look at them ports!”
      bad geek: unable to tell the difference between vanilla and chocolate puddings.
      average geek: hangs out on web sites such as the tech republic.
      good geek: does alot on his ‘puter!
      super geek: wants to thought-transfer with his linux…
      hope this helps! joe

    • #2685296

      The Definative Geek

      by a_consciousdreamer ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Geek is a term bestowed upon the individual who navigates and scrutinizes the technological avenues so readily available in our present day reality.
      These endeavors often place the technophiles activities and vernacular far removed from those who may not probe so deeply into life?s mysteries.

      footnote…
      Alas such deviation from the mainstream dogma is quite often tolerated with a simplistic form of ridicule by the technologically-challenged.
      Most brilliant minds have historically been ostracized by the masses… so nothing new there.

    • #2685242

      define a geek

      by davegittens ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A geek is someone who will spend a lot of time and effort to solving a particular problem.As a matter of fact a geek is always working on a problem and is usually successful.

    • #2685219

      TES/HS or T.P.S.B.E.E

      by penguinvitamins2 ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Techno-Expressive-Sociably-Handicapped-Smartass (and in true Geek style a.k.a. TES/HS)

      The INVENTOKID

      Sunray-Suppressed-Techno-Analyst

      Techno-Powered-School-Bully-Exercise-Equipment

    • #2685200

      A true geek

      by jfister_state of nh ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      is someone who, overhearing anyone talk about computers, insinuates him/herself into the discussion, with opinions and suggestions that never stop until the conversation stops, and then provides their web site address and asks for people’s email address so they can continue the conversation.

    • #2685191

      A true geek….

      by junkbox44 ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A true geek must eat from a vending machine at least twice per week and leave the wrappers scattered around the keyboard.

    • #2685163

      PC/Windows lovers

      by dc_guy ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      The geeks are the people who will be weeping inconsolably when Earth finally becomes 100 percent Macintosh.

    • #2685134

      What a “Geek” is:

      by surachm ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A “Goofy Evolutionary Evolvemnt Karmanist”

    • #2685126

      Definition of Geek –

      by technicalmumbojumbo ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A geek is a techno-idiot with almost no personality and even less hygene. Usually walks around in dirty clothes with bad breathe and greasy hair, carrying every conceivable gadget; a beeper, cell phone,wireless PDA or Pocket PC so he can always be connected to other geeks. (who are the only people who would want to communicate with him anyway)

      He’s never had a date, has C code spinning around in his head 24 hours a day and spends hours dreaming up ways to make a barbie doll come to life the way they did in the movie Weird Science. Which along with the Matrix trilogy, Star Wars and Star Trek plays a major theme in this twisted freaks masterbatory practices.

      If you work with a geek you should bitch-slap the bastard back to reality the first time he attempts to berate you for having what he thinks are poor file management practices or neglecting to backup your data regularly.

      Most geeks are believed to be highly intelligent but in most cases this is not the case. Almost all of these dumbasses don’t have an ounce of common sense, and couldn’t even cross the street without a road map and the global positioning software on their Pocket PC.

      They should all be shot on site and put out of the misery that is their lonely, internet chat, and role playing Dungeons & Dragons filled lives.
      Please! for the love of god, kill them!

    • #2685081

      GEEK?

      by jesuss ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Geek: A hacker with ethics. His common sense keeps him/her from becoming a cracker.

    • #2685076

      A new understanding

      by oz_media ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      I just got the mail and realized that I HAVE become a geek.

      As a kid, I got all excited when Sears released the Christmas wish book.

      Today I got a HUGE future Shop catalogue (YAY!)and even got excited when the new Office Depot catalogue came!

      Yup, office supplies, disks and neato stuff!! I’m a geek. 🙁

    • #2685066

      Reply To: Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      by dave ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      You know you’re a computer geek when you see one of the new IBM commercials on television and you realize they just summarized your day…

      Bob, I think I fried my hard drive…
      Bob, Is it bad when my monitor smokes?
      Bob, I like the color of this blue screen, but what do all the numbers mean?

    • #2685056

      I am a geek

      by jellimonsta ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      I bite the heads off gummi worms…. and bears!

    • #2685052

      A geek is

      by oldmainframer ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A person who is:
      – intelectual
      – more comfortable with software (computer programs) than soft ware (people – frequently of the opposite sex)
      – comfortable with technology
      – comfortable posting messages on an online bulletin board (read by potentially thousands) but would NEVER speak in front of a small group of people (other than other geeks)

      – usually introverted and shy
      – may wear glasses
      – not concerned with outward appearances

    • #2685044

      Geek, what geek ?

      by james.chau ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A geek is one who doesn’t know what a geek is, they would probably look up from their monitor if you say ‘geek’ in their direction, and wonder what the heck you are doing there if you are not writing or debugging code.

    • #2685041

      Geek, what geek ?

      by james.chau ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A geek is one who doesn’t know what a geek is, they would probably look up from their monitor if you say ‘geek’ in their direction, and wonder what the heck you are doing there if you are not writing or debugging code.

    • #2685039

      Defination of a Geek

      by rowlandmarke ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Geek:

      See 1970s IBM technician, i.e. white shirt, dark slacks (navy or black), black shoes (penny loafers), & narrow black or navy tie (to match slacks), pocket protector (for pen, mechanical pencil, grease pencil, & mini steel rule or mini slide rule). If visually impared would have black wide rimmed glasses (may or may not have duct tape or epoxy glue patch from when glasses were dropped & broke at nose bridge).

      Later Geek – Nerd revised to emulate form factor posed by King Geek – Nerd of all time: Bill Gates

    • #2685028

      Geek

      by don_c ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      A person that knows more than you do about technology

    • #2686570

      You could be a geek if…

      by mstro7 ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      You get so engrossed in a project you…
      1) miss your driveway on the way home AFTER work.
      2) forget whether or not you have washed your feet while taking a shower.
      3) wear 2 different kinds of shoes to work (in my case it was a tennis shoe and a sandal).
      4) give your wife the credit card willingly without realizizng it.

      Also you could be a geek if…
      1) your kids or grandkids come to you for computer help instead of the other way around.
      2) you FINALLY mow your lawn and find a keyboard.

      It just seems that a geek is one whose concentration on a particular task / problem / whatever overrides all else. Being involved with computers is not a pre-req but the gift (curse?) fits the industry. By the way, the above are from personal experience.:)

    • #2686447

      GEEK Overview

      by w2ktechman ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Here is my definition of a GEEK.

      A person who gets very EXCITED about an in-depth idea or concept more than being social.

    • #2684967

      GEEK:

      by cerebral*origami ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      If you are reading this… You are a geek!
      8^)

    • #2684964

      Interview test question for a Geek

      by abreuma ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      At my company a couple of us have a favorite “are you a geek” interview question: “How many computers do you have at home?” The top two geek answers are:

      1. Should I could all the computers or only the ones that are still working?

      2. Should I could the one I stole from my brother?

    • #2673683

      Thank You!

      by jmottl ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Thanks to all our terrific members who participated in this contest. We’re busy compiling and determining the top 5 entries and we’ll put it out to the member vote next week so keep an eye out!!! Thanks again for such great response!
      Sincerely
      Judy Mottl
      Senior Editor, Member Engagement

      • #2671765

        Actually Judy

        by hal 9000 ·

        In reply to Thank You!

        The true defination of a “Geek” is a techi who can fix things better than the original designer made them.

        What I have noticed is that the designers don’t seem to like being told how to improve their products particuarly from someone with dirty hands who don’t walk around in white lab coats carring a clip board.

        I’ve been on both sides of theat fence and when ever I was sent out on some consulting job where some plant had broken down and was costing thousands of dollars per hour upwards I always grabbed the senior fitter at the site and asked him what went wrong and how would he fix it?

        If the answer sounded reasonable I just told him to do it and that was 99.9% of the time the other time there would be some smart ass who would only be concerned with making me look bad because it took longer to fix the thing but this wasn’t very often.

        I once described a “Geek” as one of those guys/galls who fix the things that thre “Cool” people absoultly need like the cassett player/AC in their 4 wheel drive as we all know if it breaks when they are out bush they just have to leave the car and hitch a ride back because their 4 wheel drive no longer works properly and has to be rescued from wherever by one of us who is willing not to have music or AC when we drive it back to “repair”it.

        I could go on but that more or less covers what a “Geek” is nowdays.

        • #2671753

          Ok Colin

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Actually Judy

          Pens down, close your papers and pass them forward, YOU.COLIN PUT YOUT PEN DOWN! 🙂

          (I hope I pass, I hope I pass)

          “What did you get for number seventeen?”

        • #2672543

          OZ that was a trick question

          by hal 9000 ·

          In reply to Ok Colin

          So I didn’t answer it because I’ve had my fingers burned previously when I’ve answered questions like that.

    • #2672828

      A Geek is like an Artist

      by brian ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      An artist whose logic is painted in silicon, circuits, and precious metals, shared by millions but yet uncomprehensible and abstract in the eyes of the common man.

      • #3241821

        Area of Effect

        by napa gnome ·

        In reply to A Geek is like an Artist

        Back to the “area of effect”. When my mere presence causes a problem to disappear, when asked what did you do? The answer is FM. Usually they act like they know what it means. If they inquire, I explain – – – f***ing magic!

    • #3241741

      Reply To: Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      by firefly1522 ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      Someone who stays up all night long to read all of these comments and have 97.999% apply to them! 🙁

    • #3241736

      NOT

      by absolutely ·

      In reply to Contest Alert!: Define what a ‘geek’ is!

      superfluous fashion statements, preferences for fiction or even social behavior patterns.

      “Geek” in the common lexicon is a pejorative which is applied to anybody exhibiting intelligence, with irrational stereotypes of physical and social ineptitude including, either by connotation or denotation. In fact, intelligent people have better things to do than learn how to “handle” people.

      To earn the right to describe oneself as “geek”, it is necessary only to be proud of one’s intelligence, basing that pride on the fact that cognition is:
      (1) the unique attribute of our species, that which separates us from lower life forms
      (2) the adaptation that has allowed us not only to survive but to thrive as a species, climbing down from trees and emerging from caves to re-shape the entire world according to our needs and desires
      (3) the source of all that is good (for human life) on Earth, including the rational basis of the idea that peace is a desirable condition for human life on Earth.

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