And in my family that person is me. In my wife’s family it’s me as well.
How can you tell a geek from an ordinary person? It’s hard to tell from outward appearances so here are some clues …
- There are more computers in the house than there are people to use them .. some may be unplugged and unused but serve a purpose and will not be trashed until they can no longer be revived with cheap parts from the local computer shops.
- If you have a question they will ask if you “Googled” it before asking them.
- They will research everything on a product before making the decision to buy it then enjoy going to the local electronics shop and checking up an how smart the sales person is.
- Even their cell phones have built in WiFi to access the internet from “WiFi hot spots”.
- They work for a tech company or work in a tech job at their company.
- Things work on their systems at home that don’t work in other peoples’ homes.
- They can turn lights off an on in their home with a remote control.
- They run a web server, mail server and have a firewall installed
- They drive older cars that they keep running by reading Haynes repair manuals yet know nothing about auto repair
- They will try to fix something that’s broken just to see if they can … they can’t break it any worse than it already is can they?
- Everything has a maintenance schedule. And they follow it.
- They have more books than they could possibly read.
- Everyone in the family asks for the advice of the geek when buying any electronic device.
- They know what woot is.
- They talk in acronyms.
There are so many tell-tale signs … but these were the ones I could think of for the moment. Feel free to add to the list. Don’t be shy, chances are if you are reading blogs your a geek … 😀
I only bring this up because I spend my weekends fixing other people’s problems. PC issues. Cable TV issues. Satellite TV issues. HDTV issues … you name it. This weekend was one of those weekends. More to come ….