50 Skills Every Real Geek Should Have

Submitted by: Jerm_Leather 8 years ago Tech
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/50_skills_every_real_geek_should_have

The highest echelon of geeks will be able to do everything in this list. Any skill missing?
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Male 656
.... wow, i can rest assured that i am not a geek anymore....
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Female 713
I know/done too many of these :(
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Male 2,553
:|
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Male 1,835
i`ll hafta try out that ophcrack one
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Female 68
hehe i was just looking over it, but i realized we do have Quake, although i don`t think i ever got it to work, i did attempt to play it once...
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Male 778
Haha, I can pass most of these.
I`ve even explained E=MC2 (and even Quantum physics to someone!)

About the only thing im incapable of doing.. or rather things are the baseball mathematics and the pie trait.
Everything else is pretty simple to do.

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Male 100
Matwix - `and generally have a very repetitive behavior (i.e. matching blocks of the same colour, or putting toys in a straight line)`
if u claim that everyone who has autism will involuntarily do random repetitive task, you`re literally claiming that EVERYONE on this planet is autistic. Everyone does repetitive tasks involuntarily, our life is just a recursive pattern of repetitive tasks. Shopping, internet, work, drive, music (and the structure of modern music is very repetitive) etc...
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Male 100
haha no way, 500 digits is definitely not a sign of autism. And I don`t have autism. If I did however, I`d probably be able to memorise 10,000 digits minimum. the person who memorises 67,890 digits is Chinese and is not autistic. He uses a technique in correlation with the mechanisms of the chinese language. Also, it`s not a case of whether you have autism or not, there are huge amounts of varying degrees. The human brain is too complex to indicate if you are 100% of anything or not.
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Male 742
yeah,sounds like super BS
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Female 1,496
I call B.S. on bergeracman.
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Male 2,551
bergeracman - I`m not meaning to call your bluff, but being able to do that is a sign of autism. There are one or two kids per thousand that have it. Usually those with it lack intuition about social interaction, and generally have a very repetitive behavior (i.e. matching blocks of the same colour, or putting toys in a straight line). 0.5% to 10% show the ability to memorise things in such a way (autistic savants) thus being about 1 in every 5,000. So, while it is possible you have autism, especially of that calliber, it`s highliy unlikely. And on the internet makes it even more unlikely; I could find out the first 10 digits of pi and write them down, claiming I knew them. Just a bit of information. :P
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Male 20
I can do about 43-ish of those. Then again, my parents stuck me on a DOS computer the day I learned how to read...
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Male 134
Could do about 35 of these, lockpicking included.
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Male 181
I can do all but a few of those. I suppose that could be a good or bad thing, depends on how you look at it.
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Male 100
i can remember about 500 digits of pi. i group them in 5s - 14159 26535 89793 etc.. and then in sets of 50s and then 100s and so on, so if u ask me the 89th digit of pi, i`ll say 5. and each set reminds me of a certain color and pattern.
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Male 211
i know the basic html tags i can fix up a photo in photoshop perfectly (for those 2 all u need is grade 8 level IT) and i can pick a lock
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Male 2,582
There is some really handy info in this article.
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Female 299
When people recite a lot of digits of pi I always have to wonder if they are just making it up as they go...
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Female 329
knowing hulu.com exists isn`t really that great.

the only thing i really knew were the linux commands. I`m now that geeky. although I think I am going to try to pick up a few skills. (lockpicking sounds cool.)

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Male 907
D:. No wonder my friends call me a geek. I`ve got a good 30 of those skills...
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Male 124
I got about 12 of those down
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Male 182
They forgot, "be able to masturbate."
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Female 339
My friend recites 200 digits of pi. It`s brilliant to listen to.
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Female 924
"knowing hulu.com exists isn`t really that great"

agree. especially because it only works in the states.

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Male 619
I`m old.
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Female 507
1. I learned of more useful sites and programs from this link than ever before.

2. sugarhyped, your picture is awesome. What a crazy random happenstance.

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Male 886
This is close to off-topic, but I don`t think it is.
When it said that Caltech was good at pulling off pranks, the link took you to a section in a wikipedia article entitled California Institute of Technology that was called "pranks." This was one of the paragraphs in that section: "In recent years, pranking has been officially encouraged by Tom Mannion, Caltech`s Assistant VP for Student Affairs and Campus Life. "The grand old days of pranking have gone away at Caltech, and that`s what we are trying to bring back," reported the Boston Globe, which noted that "security has orders not to intervene in a prank unless officers get Mannion`s approval beforehand."" That`s awesome
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Male 658
This is a pretty terrible list.
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Male 1,086
eh, some of that would be interesting to know..if I understood even half of it.
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Male 143
omg i got scary after the second or third page and it still didnt mention something i havent done. wow rly scary.
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Female 2,927
technicly most of those are in the "nerd" catagory geeks are more pop culture and gaming, flicks and such. nerds are the techies and science buffs.
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Female 668
WOOSH right over my head.
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Male 516
I love Maximum PC. When I worked a hellish night job, getting to read the new issue of MPC was one of the few highlights. I`m happy to say that I can do quite a few of those things on the list, mostly dealing with PCs. One thing I`ll never do, and something I`m proud of, is try to debate who would win in a fight: the Enterprise or a Star Destroyer.
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Male 14
I am a true geek, and can only do some of those. I would add:
-have a complete set of cables and adapters and be able to find anything in under two minutes
-set up private tech support line for friends and family, including a feature to leave them on hold for hours on end
-keep more than one usb drive on your keychain
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Male 342
As if true geeks will LEGALLY watch TV on the internet...
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Female 329
knowing hulu.com exists isn`t really that great.

the only thing i really knew were the linux commands. I`m now that geeky. although I think I am going to try to pick up a few skills. (lockpicking sounds cool.)

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Male 1,406
I only memorized the first 18 digits of pi... (well I actually memorized about 50 but forgot all but the first 18).
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Male 4,547
Davy: my gaming group is running 2 games at the minute, one I`m DMing in a quasi Eberron DND 3.5 campaign, but every other week we swap to the other DM/GM to give us both time to plan next week`s session.

The other is a pretty nifty WHFRP game where I play a Tomb robber/Charlatan/Thief/Gambler .... incidentally I`m the mouthpiece of the group.

I`d love to try out WoD properly but never have. (I know the system though).

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Male 5,194
1. Get rid of a virus by finding, killing and deleting its processes, registry entries, files, run commands, drivers and other system hooks.
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Male 12,138
Baal, WHFRP? My faith in humanity is restored. Sincerely. I LOVE that sh*t.
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Male 392
Yah, the skill not to steal links from the digg front page. -_-
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Male 2,551
I have portaps on my usb stick, I can get through to an operator quite easily, I can get around the content filters, I might be able to replace the controller board; I haven`t done it though, I already HAVE decorated my room with paper, I can erase a CD so it cant be read (it`s called using a craft knife), I can use photoshop to some degree, I can use a DSLR in full manual mode, I probably could install a hard drive but haven`t needed to yet, my home is wired with an ethernet cable (although I didn`t do it, my father did, as it`s his home), I can download flash videos and put it on a DVD, I`ve had someone use remote desktop on my computer at my request (they helped me get rid of a very taxing virus). So, I got quite a few of them under my belt, but still, I`m no true geek. D:
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Male 32
i can do almost 80-90% of the list ... most of it i have no interest in ... like decorate your room with printing paper... no thanks...heh
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Male 1,357
there was a few i knew but im not really a geek so i suppose its alright :)
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Female 360
I legally watch shows on the internet all the time. I have no cable. I`m no geek!!
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Female 497
i only know `Know the 13 Basic HTML Tags` xD
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Male 10,440
Now that is interesting. I learned quite a bit just reading this... Thank-you. Jerm.
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Male 4,547
Only a few I took issue with.

Build a hackintosh? Why?
Legally watch shows on the internet? Why is that geeky? Anyone can do it. It`s not limited to geeks at all.
Decorate your room with printer paper? Why? I`m an adult...
Baseball? what about all us geeks not in the states or Japan? Why would we care about Baseball when cricket is more complex and probably more popular saying as it`s big in India? Not that I like Cricket.

However: Rolling up a DnD character of any level from memory on a blank sheet of paper. If you can`t do that, we of the true geek republic are within our rights to revoke your membership.

(Of course WHFRP/WoD/Etc would count).

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Male 2,593
o.k. The pi one got me. That just shouldn`t be on the list
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Male 897
Link: 50 Skills Every Real Geek Should Have [Rate Link] - The highest echelon of geeks will be able to do everything in this list. Any skill missing?
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