Linked by Kevin Russo on Tue 7th Dec 2004 06:19 UTC
Geek stuff, sci-fi... Geek is defined by as 'A person who is single-minded or accomplished in a scientific or technical pursuit'. Many of us either acknowledge ourselves as computer geeks or are labeled by Friends, Family, and/or Colleagues as the such. This is not a condescending statement and should not be taken in a negative connotative way. It is in fact an admiration of our technical skills and abilities.
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by mojo on Tue 7th Dec 2004 09:50 UTC

I myself am guilty of some of the ignorance the author writes about.

I am usually very patient with whoever I help with computer problems, but there are times when I am extremely tired or just simply irritated by something, that is when I snap at people who ask me questions about trivial computer tasks. I don't feel good about it, neither do I have a bloated ego, it's something I cannot help many a time.

Also, the manner in which the question is asked also influences my response. Some novice computer users *expect* you to help them, while they themselves don't want to do anything, such as reading a simple two line FAQ answer on some website. Getting fed by a spoon is what they want, that is when I tell them to "RTFM."

Suffice to say, the "mood" of the geek is also a factor.