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50 Responses to 50 Skills Every Real Geek Should Have

  1. Profile photo of Jerm_Leather
    Jerm_Leather Male 18-29
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    December 9, 2008 at 3:22 am
    Link: 50 Skills Every Real Geek Should Have - The highest echelon of geeks will be able to do everything in this list. Any skill missing?
  2. Profile photo of techgeek07
    techgeek07 Male 30-39
    2594 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 9:08 am
    o.k. The pi one got me. That just shouldn`t be on the list
  3. Profile photo of Baalthazaq
    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 9:50 am
    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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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10443 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 9:50 am
    Now that is interesting. I learned quite a bit just reading this... Thank-you. Jerm.
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    SoxXxhXcxSeX Female 18-29
    497 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 10:01 am
    i only know `Know the 13 Basic HTML Tags` xD
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    Codmily Female 18-29
    360 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 10:22 am
    I legally watch shows on the internet all the time. I have no cable. I`m no geek!!
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    littlepete50 Male 18-29
    1359 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 10:33 am
    there was a few i knew but im not really a geek so i suppose its alright :)
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    xAsylumx Male 18-29
    32 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 10:37 am
    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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    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
    2554 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 10:41 am
    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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    jojobobisme Male 18-29
    392 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 10:48 am
    Yah, the skill not to steal links from the digg front page. -_-
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    davymid Male 30-39
    12151 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 11:06 am
    Baal, WHFRP? My faith in humanity is restored. Sincerely. I LOVE that sh*t.
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
    5196 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 11:19 am
    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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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 11:19 am
    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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    CheeseMan1 Male 18-29
    1409 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 11:21 am
    I only memorized the first 18 digits of pi... (well I actually memorized about 50 but forgot all but the first 18).
  15. Profile photo of sugarhyped
    sugarhyped Female 18-29
    329 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 11:51 am
    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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    yen223 Male 18-29
    342 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 11:57 am
    As if true geeks will LEGALLY watch TV on the internet...
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    TheEnemy Male 18-29
    14 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 12:08 pm
    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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    ghostofme Male 18-29
    516 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 12:17 pm
    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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    B-b-beccah Female 18-29
    668 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 1:56 pm
    WOOSH right over my head.
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    jinxiejae Female 30-39
    2928 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 2:11 pm
    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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    Yokel1337 Male 18-29
    144 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 2:14 pm
    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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    quaintness Male 13-17
    1086 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 2:30 pm
    eh, some of that would be interesting to know..if I understood even half of it.
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    Quik2TheStab Male 18-29
    661 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 2:33 pm
    This is a pretty terrible list.
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    aero Male 18-29
    886 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 2:54 pm
    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
  25. Profile photo of GVP
    GVP Female 18-29
    507 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 3:08 pm
    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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    SamVimes Male 30-39
    619 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 3:18 pm
    I`m old.
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    unsub Female 18-29
    925 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 3:42 pm
    "knowing hulu.com exists isn`t really that great"

    agree. especially because it only works in the states.

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    Adrift_Angel Female 18-29
    339 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 3:51 pm
    My friend recites 200 digits of pi. It`s brilliant to listen to.
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    ericdee Male 18-29
    183 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 4:06 pm
    They forgot, "be able to masturbate."
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    munimula1 Male 18-29
    125 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 4:49 pm
    I got about 12 of those down
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    idontknow951 Male 18-29
    909 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 5:01 pm
    D:. No wonder my friends call me a geek. I`ve got a good 30 of those skills...
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    sugarhyped Female 18-29
    329 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 5:25 pm
    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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    full_of_rage Female 13-17
    299 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 5:49 pm
    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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    Negative_One Male 30-39
    2584 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 7:01 pm
    There is some really handy info in this article.
  35. Profile photo of Vannak
    Vannak Male 13-17
    211 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 7:33 pm
    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
  36. Profile photo of bergeracman
    bergeracman Male 18-29
    100 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 7:44 pm
    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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    AndrewST Male 18-29
    181 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 9:01 pm
    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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    RedSuit1 Male 18-29
    134 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 9:09 pm
    Could do about 35 of these, lockpicking included.
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    Tavillion Male 18-29
    20 posts
    December 9, 2008 at 11:27 pm
    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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    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
    2554 posts
    December 10, 2008 at 2:14 am
    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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    Devi3000 Female 18-29
    1497 posts
    December 10, 2008 at 3:47 am
    I call B.S. on bergeracman.
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    parkm Male 13-17
    743 posts
    December 10, 2008 at 6:43 am
    yeah,sounds like super BS
  43. Profile photo of bergeracman
    bergeracman Male 18-29
    100 posts
    December 10, 2008 at 8:41 am
    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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    bergeracman Male 18-29
    100 posts
    December 10, 2008 at 8:51 am
    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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    Eichenkatze Male 18-29
    780 posts
    December 10, 2008 at 10:09 am
    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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    HyperMonkey Female 18-29
    68 posts
    December 10, 2008 at 5:44 pm
    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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    d_katman Male 13-17
    1836 posts
    December 10, 2008 at 9:58 pm
    i`ll hafta try out that ophcrack one
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    Vagrant86 Male 18-29
    2557 posts
    December 12, 2008 at 9:15 am
    :|
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    Jaydeejj Female 70 & Over
    713 posts
    December 14, 2008 at 12:38 pm
    I know/done too many of these :(
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    Windrider15 Male 13-17
    656 posts
    April 27, 2009 at 3:58 pm
    .... wow, i can rest assured that i am not a geek anymore....

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