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A friend and I were chatting on MSN when the topic of being a computer-geek came up. First of all, I will admit I spend 90% of my free time on the computer, which roughly averages out to be about 9-11 or more hours a day, depending on my hours at work. I usually get up around 12-2:00PM in the afternoon, take my shower, eat, then of course, I'm on the computer until about 6:00PM when it's time for me to goto work. I get home usually around 9-10PM depending on how busy my job is that day, and go straight to the computer. I stay on the computer until about 3-5AM in the morning then goto bed (yep, you've read correctly!).

Anyhow, I would be considered what they call, a 'Computer-Geek'; spending most of my free time on the computer. I have no life, nor do my friends. :P Funny thing is, most of these 'geeks' aren't into sports or everyday normal life/activities - question is, why? I've read the Interview with Chris Graham, and it turns out Chris and I have a lot in common. I enjoy and dislike about the same as Chris does, including my disinterest in sports. I also feel the same way - I don't live a normal live; I live the life of an average computer-geek.

Do you people actually stop and think about what your normal daily lives consist of, and what it means to live that life? I mean, just stop, and think hard… are you a computer-geek? How many hours a day do you spend on the computer? Are you into sports?

Sports seems to be the most common disinterested similarity between computer-geeks - none are interested, for some odd reason. It would be of interest to me to see if I'm alone in this, or if people actually have such things in common as I do. Post your opinion, computer-geek!

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I'm very much a computer geek. I build my own computers, I have a box full of spare parts in my room, I have two monitors on my main computer, I have three laptops sitting on my desk, I watch Star Trek, I play games all the time, I spend a lot of time on the computer, and I know lots about them. In this respect, I am indeed a geek.

However, I do enjoy lots of sports. My primary sport is roller-skating/blading, and coupled with that is my love for roller-hockey. I also enjoy mountain biking, running, table tennis, badminton and walking.

I also have a very active social life.

I think that I'm still a computer geek, and that not even my other activities can break the social stigma that is applied to geeks. I think that I strike a good balance between work, geek-ness, sport and socialising.

At the end of the day, I think that if you're happy doing what you're doing and if it doesn't adversely affect anyone else, then keep going - be a computer geek, and me proud of that! :cool:


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When I am awake I always have a computer in front of me. So I would be considered a computer geek. Infact my job is doing computer tech support.
I am not much into sports either but did play some in middle school before some thing bad happened that I do not wish to talk about.
I actually started out running a company of my own an repairing electronics, such as tv's vcr's and other electronics then do requests for computers to be worked on and always working on my computer do to having windows ME that crashed all the time I got into computer repair.
Now I am getting into web design and am starting to help people with web pages, even making skins/ themes for ocPortal, I am all caught up in the requests I received from a few months back when my ocPortal fan site was open so I hope to reopen that soon.

As a hobby I play around with scripts and hang out at hotscripts and install or look at any new scripts they list, just because it is fun.

As a very strange hobby or fun activity I like to keep a bar graph of how much my sql database is changing.
The graph shows how much space posts, topics, shouts, stats, logs, and gamming data are taking up.
hehe posts are at 14 mb that last time I checked.

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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Yeah, I like looking at my server stats and making backups frequently - is that normal? *nods*

If it has to do with computers, I'm interested. This includes design, server management, web development, etc.

I've been trying to learn PHP recently, however, it's not going as well as planned. My knowledge of PHP increases over time, but honestly, I'm the type of person that has to read tutorials twice if they have some relation to PHP - it's just something about PHP my brain isn't willing to learn. :P

Anyhow, I'm planning to keep learning PHP. I figure sooner or later I'll get the hang of it, but it'll just take a little more time.

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I am learning php my self and its a lot of fun. I know a lot but not every thing and I am learning every day.

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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 Hmmm.

Computer 'geek' - not sure of anyone can differentiate between a 'geek' and a 'nerd' in this instance.

I couldn't build a computer if my life depended on it (I could actually, but it wouldn't work), and have little understanding of computing as such. Yet I spend the majority of my home-time 'online'. I understand the concepts quite well as I used to 'write' programs when I was a kid ( Commodore 64… anyone else remember the cassette drive??? LOL). Also my Dad wrote programmes - it filters thru.

If anyone needs to know, computing hasn't changed that much. Then it was logical, now it is also logical, just more sophisticated with 'bigger' words, as such (or different lingo - generation gaps which in this case are quite huge if you missed  the progress).

I have huge arguments with the missus. She watches Eastenders, Joseph et al, I sit on my computer. She says I am anti-social. Who knows??

Am I a geek?? Dunno.

A few years ago, blokes hung around in their garages tinkering with cars, building model airplanes in their study or whatever. Now we got computers.

Why are there less women around on the internet?? Because their blokes are hogging all the online time (a real fact IMHO)… Nor will I let her…

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Well I took programing in school but it was with basic and  it was fun specially when a student made a dos clone but all the commends did the opposite of what they normally do, oh that was funny.

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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Reggie said


Why are there less women around on the internet?? Because their blokes are hogging all the online time (a real fact IMHO)… Nor will I let her…

;)


wait what? I am female and I am online and I know a lot of females that are online, I have many online friends who are female.

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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amichan said

wait what? I am female and I am online and I know a lot of females that are online, I have many online friends who are female.
 
I said 'less' women, not 'no' women!! I also 'winked' at the end, which means you fell for it!!:thumbs:

Going back in time - was anyone around when we used to have to punch out the little holes in the computer cards??

 





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Going back in time - was anyone around when we used to have to punch out the little holes in the computer cards??


I heard stories about those things but never had one.
My first computer was a computer with a very small memory and you could not install any programs but could run them from disks.
My computer after that was an windows ME machine, which was so bad I spent must of my time trying to keep it working.

Any one else here A+ certified like I am?

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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amichan said

My first computer was a computer with a very small memory and you could not install any programs but could run them from disks.

 
I had an Amstrad(?) that did something like that…you had to load the whole thing from disk every time you powered up, and was really nothing more than a glorified word processor and a non-pocket calculator. Bright green letters on a black screen - my mobile phone does more now.

amichan said

Any one else here A+ certified like I am?

 
Er… no…

I have no answer for that. (Does that make me a geek or a nerd??) ;)

 





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Reggie said

 

amichan said

My first computer was a computer with a very small memory and you could not install any programs but could run them from disks.

   I had an Amstrad(?) that did something like that…you had to load the whole thing from disk every time you powered up, and was really nothing more than a glorified word processor and a non-pocket calculator. Bright green letters on a black screen - my mobile phone does more now.

amichan said

Any one else here A+ certified like I am?

   Er… no…

I have no answer for that. (Does that make me a geek or a nerd??) ;)

http://certification.comptia.org/a/default.aspx ← the certification I have.

Also my computer had games like some typing speed game I forgot what its was named but you had to type the letters before they hit the ground. it also had a card program.

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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I'm going to let everyone in on a few secrets. :P

It's funny how we see words on the internet and make our own pronunciation of them (or at least I do). Here are a few examples of how I say various Internet words:

  • lol: el oh el
  • MySQL: my see qual (as in equal)
  • Forum: for oom
  • lmao: lam ow (I know…it's ridiculous!)
  • rofl: roff uhl
  • ASP: a$$p
  • FAQ: fack
  • GIF: giff (as in 'gift' without the 't')
  • IRC: eeerk
  • JPEG: jay pegg
  • MIME: my me
  • Wi-Fi: why fy

I may actually be pronouncing a few correctly, so don't mind me if I'm saying it as it is. I honestly don't know how I came up with my own pronunciation of these words.

Sorry for the total randomness. I happen to ramble on when I've run out of things to do on the internet.

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Try saying 'FAQ' quickly in a conversation…


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this is into dutch very easy: say fax you are done.  :lol:
but this is not really correct becouse it mean a fax machine grinnn
For the wort FAQ we have a three words: Veel Gestelde Vragen. (VGV)   ;)
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vgv makes me think of veggies

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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I am a computer geek for fun and profit.  I'm a Network/Systems/Server/Telecom Administrator during the day, but at night I become… well I just kinda play around on the computer.   :P  Web design and graphic design & layout take up most of my productive work on my home PC.  The rest is World of Warcraft and Internet browsing.

Oh.. but I'm not just a computer geek… I pretty much encompass all that is geek.  Science geek (name a branch), Math geek, History geek, Video Game geek, the list goes on and on.  We won't go into all my hobbies because we'd be here into the early morning.

An interesting bit of trivia for ya.  The name "geek" was given to sideshow performers that would swallow various things.  Funny how the word means something completely different today.


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Joe said

I'm going to let everyone in on a few secrets. :P

It's funny how we see words on the internet and make our own pronunciation of them (or at least I do). Here are a few examples of how I say various Internet words:

  • lol: el oh el
  • MySQL: my see qual (as in equal)
  • Forum: for oom
  • lmao: lam ow (I know…it's ridiculous!)
  • rofl: roff uhl
  • ASP: a$$p
  • FAQ: fack
  • GIF: giff (as in 'gift' without the 't')
  • IRC: eeerk
  • JPEG: jay pegg
  • MIME: my me
  • Wi-Fi: why fy

I may actually be pronouncing a few correctly, so don't mind me if I'm saying it as it is. I honestly don't know how I came up with my own pronunciation of these words.

Sorry for the total randomness. I happen to ramble on when I've run out of things to do on the internet.
  lol. O_o

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Joe said

I'm going to let everyone in on a few secrets. :P

It's funny how we see words on the internet and make our own pronunciation of them (or at least I do). Here are a few examples of how I say various Internet words:

  • lol: el oh el
  • MySQL: my see qual (as in equal)
  • Forum: for oom
  • lmao: lam ow (I know…it's ridiculous!)
  • rofl: roff uhl
  • ASP: a$$p (?)
  • FAQ: fack
  • GIF: giff (as in 'gift' without the 't')
  • IRC: eeerk
  • JPEG: jay pegg
  • MIME: my me
  • Wi-Fi: why fy

I may actually be pronouncing a few correctly, so don't mind me if I'm saying it as it is. I honestly don't know how I came up with my own pronunciation of these words.

Sorry for the total randomness. I happen to ramble on when I've run out of things to do on the internet.
 
Some of the words I say as you pronounce it except for FAQ (F.A.Q), ASP (A.S.P), and I don't use the computer text terms unless "lol" when I'm busy and people are being annoying while make a joke. :P Why? I don't really want an "F" from my current and future teachers/bosses describing my stupidity (useless abbreviations) or some other phrase why not to use them. Also, I don't use them due… feels stupid. :ninja:

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