Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Jul 2012 22:35 UTC
Mac OS X In agreement with Marco Arment? I shall quickly venture outside and inform myself of the possibility of catching a fleeting glimpse of an avian sus scrofa domesticus. "The Mac App Store is in significant danger of becoming an irrelevant, low-traffic flea market where buyers rarely venture for serious purchases. And I bet that's not what Apple had in mind at all." There's an issue with the Mac App Store: Apple runs the danger of chasing most serious applications away from the store. While I would personally consider this to be a big win for computing, I'm sure Apple doesn't exactly see it that way.
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What is a nerd/geek?
by Earl C Pottinger on Fri 27th Jul 2012 13:26 UTC
Earl C Pottinger
Member since:
2008-07-12

Defining your market to the non-geek/non-nerd section of the population is a problem as in the long term what the geek/nerds want is what the general population wants in a few years.

1970s you were one if you just wanted to own a computer.

Early 1980s using emails/BBSs/Usenet made you one.

Late 1980s-early 1990s surfing the Web made you one.

1990s Video chat or sending pictures half way around the world the same day you shot them.

Late 1990s and early 2000s social networking pre-Facebook made you one.



Whatever nerds/geeks want today - the general population will want tomorrow!

Edited 2012-07-27 13:27 UTC

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RE: What is a nerd/geek?
by thavith_osn on Fri 27th Jul 2012 22:54 in reply to "What is a nerd/geek?"
thavith_osn Member since:
2005-07-11

Not always...

I am a geek because I write code. I'm not seeing the general population doing that. I was writing code back in 1981, and I'm still doing it. Non of my non-geek friends are doing that...

But... I take your point and pretty much agree...

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RE: What is a nerd/geek?
by zima on Mon 30th Jul 2012 02:33 in reply to "What is a nerd/geek?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Late 1980s the Web? Don't tell that to Tim Berners-Lee - who seems happy thinking he made the first web browser, server, website in 1990-91 time frame ;)

Your time scales seem a bit off in general, more or less corresponding to when a given activity could be reasonably first done - but computers were still geeky overall throughout the 80s or even early 90s, similar emails/BBSs/Usenet (some of those hardly really caught on with general population, or in very changed form, likewise computers), webcams and such also early naughties. Especially when looking less at Bay Area, more world at large.

Edited 2012-07-30 02:38 UTC

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