Linked by Kevin Russo on Tue 7th Dec 2004 06:19 UTC
Geek stuff, sci-fi... Geek is defined by Dictionary.com 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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Good reminder
by Jeremy on Tue 7th Dec 2004 13:50 UTC

Good article, but please proofread more, there are lots
of errors.

I heard somewhere that the human brain operates at
about 1 Petahertz (mega -> giga -> tera -> peta). I
have found this fact helpful in reminding myself that even
a less educated person with below-average intelligence is
of much greater worth than the computers I spend so much
time with.

Think of the 'computation' involved in the human brain just
for what we call common sense.

Also, while I'm no expert in human-computer interface, what
little I've read makes it seem as though most UI designs are
really very poor. Why do they seem obvious to us then? I
think it's because all computer geeks share a certain
oddness in their personality that allows them to "get it",
when most "normal" people flounder helplessly.

Anyway, my point is that this article, while OT in the
strict OSNews sense, is on topic in that *human* geeks that
must interact with *human* non-geeks (at least with regard
to computers) read OSNews.

Treating people like morons because they don't yet
understand a (probably) poorly designed interface does not
make the world a better place, having some empathy does.