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10 signs you might just be a geek

by Mel Starrs on March 23, 2009

in Fun

GeekeryI’m not quite sure when I crossed the line from nerdy reader (a lifelong habit) to full on geekdom, but I suspect it was when I discovered blogs. I’m not ashamed by my geekiness, in fact sometimes I’m quite proud of it. But it wasn’t until I started working with a bunch of Gen Y’s who, if the press are to believed are constantly IM’ing and Youtubing and can only converse by txt, and my geekiness was an order of magnitude greater than theirs, that I began to realise how far across the line I’d crossed.

So how many of the signs below can you identify with?

  1. You have a personal contact card from Moo with your twitter, gmail, linked-in and blog address listed, colourfully illustrated with photos from your Flickr feed
  2. You have editted a Wikipedia page and monitor changes to it via RSS
  3. You digitally stalk an online ‘celebrity’ i.e. you have a Dilbert day to a page on your desk, follow the RSS feed, read Scott’s blog but just don’t think much of the animated cartoon (alternatively your fangirl/boy obsessions may centre on a different victim – Merlin Mann, Neil Gaiman, or Wil Wheaton are all fair game – now Kathy Sierra isn’t blogging (though she is on twitter) I can’t think of another female in the same league?).
  4. You look up information while a discussion/argument is still in progress – that’s what google on the crackberry was invented for, right? My friends will probably disown me if I ever get my hands on an iPhone.  Hat tip to geek dad for pointing this one out.
  5. You have chosen the technologically superior (and most importantly, free to view) Humax over paying for a Sky+ subscription, and you prefer to gorge on TV series on DVD in their entirety than wait for a paltry episode per week. Having been burned as an early adopter for most gadgets you’re waiting for internet TV to settle down before committing to any one solution.
  6. You have read, digested and tweaked David Allen’s Getting Things Done within an inch of the original intent, and now run a complex system of notebooks, Gmail filters, Zoho notebook, Instapaper, WatchThatPage and RTM, which someday will be consolidated into the mother of all productivity systems
  7. You have turned one of Hugh McLeod’s gaping void cartoons into a business card, mug, mouse mat or t-shirt (see also no.3 above – fangirl/boy behaviour)
  8. You own and tote around a Linux netbook such as the Asus Eee and generally favour open-source or creative commons over traditional models of intellectual property
  9. You have cracked your work’s IT lockdown and only ever use Firefox, plus you have tried to introduce colleagues to Yammer or Twitter, Delicious and/or wikis and discussion forums
  10. You know your Meyer Briggs personality type and thinks it explains quite a lot

There is obviously no hope for me. This list could have been expanded to 20 quite easily, but I thought I’d better stop before I completely expose all my foibles! Anyone else wish to confess their geeky habits or quirks?

  • http://carsonspost.com Sam

    Hilarious.
    I’ve only got 4, part of 5 (but soon to be all, Humax – good idea!), 6 (ooh the things I’m doing with Evernote!), 8, 9 (but have yet to push into the realms of PuTTY – emphasis: yet).

    I could add:
    11 When you start talking about technology, all your friends excuse themselves for the loo, feed goldfish, etc.
    12 “Proprietary” is a word that is spat, rather than said. When you speak of “Cloud” you are not referring to atmospheric water vapour.
    13 You have tried to “hack” your morning routine.
    14 You find using a mouse an irritation, and have had more than one conversation lamenting the fact that the colour palette in Excel 2003 has no shortcuts – until your own custom macros came along.
    15 You have made a concious and deliberate decision as to what Operating System you are using. Not what computer it is – but the Operating System.

  • http://carsonspost.com Sam

    Hilarious.
    I’ve only got 4, part of 5 (but soon to be all, Humax – good idea!), 6 (ooh the things I’m doing with Evernote!), 8, 9 (but have yet to push into the realms of PuTTY – emphasis: yet).

    I could add:
    11 When you start talking about technology, all your friends excuse themselves for the loo, feed goldfish, etc.
    12 “Proprietary” is a word that is spat, rather than said. When you speak of “Cloud” you are not referring to atmospheric water vapour.
    13 You have tried to “hack” your morning routine.
    14 You find using a mouse an irritation, and have had more than one conversation lamenting the fact that the colour palette in Excel 2003 has no shortcuts – until your own custom macros came along.
    15 You have made a concious and deliberate decision as to what Operating System you are using. Not what computer it is – but the Operating System.

  • http://www.askdrding.com Dr. Ding

    I’m more of a nerd than a geek, but I definitely relate to just over half of these. I think maybe this makes me a hybrid? I like to use a quill pen sometimes, you see.

    Great post!!

  • http://www.askdrding.com Dr. Ding

    I’m more of a nerd than a geek, but I definitely relate to just over half of these. I think maybe this makes me a hybrid? I like to use a quill pen sometimes, you see.

    Great post!!

  • Andrew

    I seem to have some geeky traits…

  • Andrew

    I seem to have some geeky traits…

  • http://www.zerochampion.com Phil Clark

    Was firmly convinced of not being a geek but having read this I’m not so sure.
    I add one more: placing stickers on your laptop. I stuck too on after a tech conference last week just to fit in.

  • http://www.zerochampion.com Phil Clark

    Was firmly convinced of not being a geek but having read this I’m not so sure.
    I add one more: placing stickers on your laptop. I stuck too on after a tech conference last week just to fit in.