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What's a "geek"?

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    ddewbofh

    Bas wrote:
    In fact, why does everybody look like cardboard cutouts?


    Because they are? If I'm not mistaken that picture was taken of a cardboard cutout in some computer museum. I remember seeing that photo somewhere else before and this exact discussion took place. Smiley

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    Red5

    What? Everyone missed this?

    dictionary.com wrote:

    a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken


    Remember when Ozzy Ozborne did this type of activity with a dove or something in the 80's?

    It's always meant something tech related to me.

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    Yggdrasil

    I have a whole "What is a geek" speech written down and blogged before, but it's in Hebrew so it probably won't help you. I'll just leave you with one of the best explanations I know:

    http://catandgirl.com/view.php?loc=94

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    Cannot​Resolve​Symbol

    ddewbofh wrote:
    
    W3bbo wrote: And you're not a computing geek unless you've taken a side in the Vi/Emacs wars.



    That's the newer definition I wanted to get rid of, someone who argues over a text-editor is more of a nerd than a geek. I guess my definition of geek is later than the original meaning (circus freaks) but earlier than the "common" definition where a geek is somewhat of an outcast.

    PS Vi ftw

    :wq


    A proper "geek" would take a side in the VI/Emacs wars, but wouldn't be vocal/deliberately start flamewars about it.  A nerd is someone who acts like "I know everything high-tech, that makes me cool, look at me" and just ends up looking stupid; a true geek really knows what he's (she's) talking about but is relatively passive about it.  They don't flaunt their "geekness".

    btw...  why Vi?  Painful...  Emacs all the way (or even, might I suggest, Pico [6]).

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    W3bbo

    CannotResolveSymbol wrote:
    
    ddewbofh wrote:
    W3bbo wrote: And you're not a computing geek unless you've taken a side in the Vi/Emacs wars.



    That's the newer definition I wanted to get rid of, someone who argues over a text-editor is more of a nerd than a geek. I guess my definition of geek is later than the original meaning (circus freaks) but earlier than the "common" definition where a geek is somewhat of an outcast.

    PS Vi ftw

    :wq


    A proper "geek" would take a side in the VI/Emacs wars, but wouldn't be vocal/deliberately start flamewars about it.  A nerd is someone who acts like "I know everything high-tech, that makes me cool, look at me" and just ends up looking stupid; a true geek really knows what he's (she's) talking about but is relatively passive about it.  They don't flaunt their "geekness".

    btw...  why Vi?  Painful...  Emacs all the way (or even, might I suggest, Pico ).


    Or just msdevenv...?

    *ducks!*

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    W3bbo

    Dupe, nvm.

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    TimP

    W3bbo wrote:
    

    Or just msdevenv...?

    *ducks!*


    If it doesn't work on a VT100 (dare I add 3270 terminal to the list?) it doesn't count.

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    Nightengale

    Jargon file, brings back some memories:D

    My favorites:

    Cargo Cult Programming

    Feeping Creaturism (or is it Creeping Featurism)

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    Cannot​Resolve​Symbol

    Nightengale wrote:

    Feeping Creaturism (or is it Creeping Featurism)


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    Tongue Out

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    DoomBringer

    sirhomer wrote:
    A geek is someone who uses Linux as their primary OS.

    And still lives in their mother's basement.

    And hasn't showered all month.

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    cheong

    CannotResolveSymbol wrote:
    btw...  why Vi?  Painful...  Emacs all the way (or even, might I suggest, Pico ).

    Oh Pico... That easy to use editor I missed after Pine quitsmost Linux distros...

    As long as you don't care about syntax highlighting, I'll say it's the editor for everyone. (So it'd be 3-side war then... [6])

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    Raghavendra_​Mudugal

    "An intellectual who is bent on a particular profession; especially within the computer field"

    "A geek is a person who is fascinated, perhaps obsessively, by technology and imagination."

    Actually, Being a geek also implies a capability with the technology

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    TimP

    cheong wrote:

    Oh Pico... That easy to use editor I missed after Pine quitsmost Linux distros...


    Just in case anyone doesn't know, you can get GNU nano, a GPL clone of pico for Windows, Linux, and several different operating systems. Most Linux distros either ship with it or have it available as a package.

    http://www.nano-editor.org/

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    eblonk

    Wil Wheaton, in his Gnomodex presentation, starts with a great opening. In the interview afterwards he gives a few pointers to differentiate between geeks and poser-geeks.
    I have rewritten the opening a bit to fit me:

    "I am Erwin B. and I'm a geek. I discovered that I was a geek in fifth grade when John Doe (name changed to protect the imbecile innocent) kicked me in the nuts and I retreated to the relative safety of the bench. Many years later I drove a 300km return trip once a month for a game of AD&D. I've handled my study books, calculator and computer more often than any athletic implement."

    You cannot be a geek if you don't bear the scars, so to speak. If you haven't skipped going after specimen of the preferred sex for a romantic encounter to watch 'Cosmos' or an SF serie instead, you're not either. It also helps was if the main reason for hiding under the bedsheets so as to not be caught be your parents, was reading a Star Trek photo novel with a flashlight past bedtime. One thing counts against me: once a bully that thought he would get away by spitting at me was sent flying a foot or four by yours truly (he landed in a stack of backpacks, I'm not very evil, just a bit [6] ).

    If you read the above and think 'hey, that somewhat resembles me', than it's only a matter of the type of geek you are.
    My geek is: IT, SF, poker, philosophy, astrophysics.

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    Lee_Dale

    A geek is just someone who knows a substatial amount about a certain subject.

    Don't have to be tech related.

    e.g. Somone who knows alot about Cars is a Car Geek Big Smile

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    eblonk

    sirhomer wrote:
    A geek is someone who uses Linux as their primary OS.


    No no no - anyone who uses, or prefers one particular OS is not a geek - not not not ever


    *cool down*

    Big Smile I'm ok now.

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    Massif

    vi / emacs / pico!!!

    Ed! all the way. (ducks)

    Actually having to use vi on the current project I have realised something about text editor wars.

    It's 2007 people! Give me a GUI or give me death! (Seriously, I'd prefer death to writing a large app in either vi or emacs.)

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    ddewbofh

    Only IDE I can stand for longer than a few minutes is Visual Studio and I went for my fav *nix editor. Vim feels very slick and powerful, easy syntax and you can use regexps without jumping through any hoops.

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