Best of the web: 21 sure signs that you’re a geek

Do you know what to do in a maze of twisty passages all alike? If so, you might be a geek. Take the test to find out.

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Are you a geek? If you’re asking the question, you probably are – curiosity is the defining characteristic of geeks. But here are 21 more signs that you might have the geek gene.

  1. You use a command line interface on a touchscreen device.
  2. You watch unboxing videos on YouTube.
  3. You like ASCII art.
  4. You have more than one monitor on your desk.
  5. You modded your camera by jailbreaking the firmware.
  6. You say ‘Woot’ in everyday life.
  7. You know that a ‘kilo’ means 1024 and not a bag of groceries.
  8. You own a Pebble watch.
  9. You downloaded the Pebble watchface SDK already.
  10. You know that there are 10 types of people in the world; those who understand binary and those who don’t.
  11. When no-one’s looking, you hug your MacBook Air.
  12. You can argue the merits of BBC Micro vs. Sinclair Spectrum with full recall of the specs.
  13. You know what to do in a maze of twisty passages all alike.
  14. You write like a hacker (but you can also write for non-geeks).
  15. You know what technology wants.
  16. You read Charlie’s Diary and Charles Stross’s books.
  17. You work 9 to 5 but it’s at night (hat tip: Real programmers don’t use Pascal).
  18. Your hero is Steve Wozniak not Steve Jobs.
  19. You know GitHub is not a dating site but secretly you wish it was.
  20. You read The Nerd Handbook and realised it was about you.
  21. You for one welcome our new alien overlords.

(Picture hat tip: Alexander Kjerulf – check out his article How NOT to lead geeks.)

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