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Lady_Luvalot
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posted August 11, 2002 05:08     Click Here to See the Profile for Lady_Luvalot   Click Here to Email Lady_Luvalot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You know ur a geek when...

You look at a movie trailer and think, "I have that typeface."
You set up an automatic rerouting of your e-mail to your pager.

You get sudden attacks of bittersweet nostalgic feelings when thinking about your long-lost old Commodore 64, Sinclair ZX-81, TRS-80 (or whatever hardware you were raised on), and use large amounts of money/time trying to track one down.

You realize you _never_ cook, eating only take-away pizza.

You check your web access_page more than once a day.

You seriously consider devoting a web page to your computer. (Not the brand, mind you, but the actual computer itself)

You have more e-mail addresses than you do pairs of shoes.

You spend more than 10 minutes contemplating how traffic lights work.

You can talk for hours about how, in 25 years, the whole country won't have E-Mail addresses.

You can explain how AppleTalk Networks work.

You froth at the mouth when someone talks about the "Information Superhighway."

You are a member of the USENET elite, invoked in posts in threads to which you have not posted.

You plot to get your grandmother on E-mail.

You spend a lot of time figuring out which of 100 adult goldfish are the most fertile, have the strongest genes, and combined to produce tiny little goldfish.

You calculate the odds of getting one of the primo parking spaces in relation to your apartment, factoring in time, weather, season, etc, and are accurate over 80% of the time.

You've bought one of those license plate holders on which you can have your URL or E-Mail address embossed.

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SpikeSpiegel
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posted August 11, 2002 07:09     Click Here to See the Profile for SpikeSpiegel   Click Here to Email SpikeSpiegel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
wouldnt this be better suited in the jokes forum?

other than that.. good list

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ilovemydualg4
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Registered: Mar 2002

posted August 11, 2002 10:14     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemydualg4   Click Here to Email ilovemydualg4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
lol...

i take offense to the appletalk crack though

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maxomai
Super Geek

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From: Portland, OR
Registered: May 2001

posted August 11, 2002 20:26     Click Here to See the Profile for maxomai   Click Here to Email maxomai     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You know you're a geek when:

You look at a movie trailer and think, "I recognize that software"

You set up email on your web page just so you can digitally sign your messages

When you do cook, it's mostly the same thing

You never, ever, ever want your mom to get email

You wax nostalgic over USENET posts that you liked

You encourage your friends to email you instead of calling

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candypants
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posted August 11, 2002 20:32     Click Here to See the Profile for candypants   Click Here to Email candypants     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're completely frustrated that a friend of yours doesn't have email, so you actually have to go out and buy a birthday card.

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Alien Investor
Assimilated

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From: New York City
Registered: Jan 2000

posted August 12, 2002 06:37     Click Here to See the Profile for Alien Investor   Click Here to Email Alien Investor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
... you and your friends get into a car accident caused by excessive speeding on your way to the campus library book sale.

(fortunately, no one was injured)

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chicgeek
Super Geek

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From: Houston, TX, USA
Registered: Jul 2002

posted August 12, 2002 20:30     Click Here to See the Profile for chicgeek   Click Here to Email chicgeek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My gramma really does have e-mail.

(By the way, my nostalgia is for an Apple IIe, the first computer I had a serious relationship with. (Anyone remember the printers that used paper with the holes on the side?)

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ginacanadiangeek
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From: Canada
Registered: Dec 2001

posted August 13, 2002 02:11     Click Here to See the Profile for ginacanadiangeek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After completing mass amounts of physics homework, you hypnotize yourself to sleep with a pendulum experiment. Once in REM, you find yourself in a bizzare place which resembles a medieval alchemy lab. You awaken from your dream upon realizing that you have lead poisoning after many failed attempts at turning lead into gold.

Yes, this actually happened to me.

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LifetimeTrekker
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From: Albuquerque, NM, UD
Registered: Sep 2001

posted August 13, 2002 05:46     Click Here to See the Profile for LifetimeTrekker   Click Here to Email LifetimeTrekker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by chicgeek:
My gramma really does have e-mail.

(By the way, my nostalgia is for an Apple IIe, the first computer I had a serious relationship with. (Anyone remember the printers that used paper with the holes on the side?)


Tractor-feed dot matrix printers which made so much noise that printing at three am woke people for three square blocks.

Yep.

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supaboy
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From: Columbia, SC, USA
Registered: Jan 2000

posted August 13, 2002 06:25     Click Here to See the Profile for supaboy   Click Here to Email supaboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by chicgeek:
Anyone remember the printers that used paper with the holes on the side?

Why remember? Mine works in the here-and-now!

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reinedescoeurs
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From: Memphis, TN/Knoxville, TN
Registered: Aug 2002

posted August 13, 2002 06:42     Click Here to See the Profile for reinedescoeurs   Click Here to Email reinedescoeurs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Until I was sixteen, I used a 16-pin dot matrix printer.

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maxomai
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From: Portland, OR
Registered: May 2001

posted August 13, 2002 07:48     Click Here to See the Profile for maxomai   Click Here to Email maxomai     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by chicgeek:

(Anyone remember the printers that used paper with the holes on the side?)

I still have mine.

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Swiss Mercenary
BlabberMouth, the Next Generation.

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From: All the way from the land of Chocolate, Cheese and Cuckoo Clocks.
Registered: Feb 2000

posted August 13, 2002 07:50     Click Here to See the Profile for Swiss Mercenary   Click Here to Email Swiss Mercenary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by chicgeek:
(By the way, my nostalgia is for an Apple IIe, the first computer I had a serious relationship with. (Anyone remember the printers that used paper with the holes on the side?)

My first computer, had to get a summer job just to pay for it, cost me SFrs 4000.- (around $2000 then, 1980/81). Came with black and orange monitor, one external floppy drive and 64k RAM. I can remember buying and 80 column card with had 64k extra RAM on, but you had to program to be able to use the extra RAM. As for my printer, Casio heat printer, you had to buy special paper for it, but no ink.

Still have it and it still works, hmm time to try and finish off Wizardry Two then, or perhaps Might and Magic One.

Well my parents do have e-mail, but my father does it all.

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EngrBohn
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posted August 13, 2002 09:55     Click Here to See the Profile for EngrBohn   Click Here to Email EngrBohn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The thing I miss most about tractor-feed printers is that the paper could be treated as a continuous stream of paper -- you could grab one end and hold it over your head and examine several pages of code top-to-bottom (or hang it on the wall for this purpose). In fact, this was often used as a feature for banner-producing software such as PrintShop.

My first introduction to inkjet printers was an HP tractor-feed printer that used an inkjet head instead of a dot-matrix head (or a daisywheel head) -- my reaction to that was "Wow! It's too small for there to be enough muffling material to make it that quiet. How'd they do that?" (sigh) If such a beast were still made, and it could kick out, say, 5ppm, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

Of course, 132-column printers were nice since it resulted in fewer wrapped lines. And chain printers were even nicer -- prints a whole 132/66 page in one strike at about 2pps by my recollection. I actually saw one for sale a couple years ago at a surplus store for $235. Awfully tempting until I realized that it'd be hard to find paper, even harder to find ink rolls, and even harder to explain to my wife why I had a printer that occupied a 3'x3' space on the floor.

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Tau Zero
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posted August 13, 2002 14:27     Click Here to See the Profile for Tau Zero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You have more e-mail addresses than you do pairs of shoes.

If you don't count the shoes I haven't thrown out yet, I actually do have more addresses than pairs of shoes.  Scary.

You spend more than 10 minutes contemplating how traffic lights work.

You spend more than 10 minutes contemplating how to make the traffic lights favor you, in particular.

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Max Heck
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posted August 13, 2002 16:01     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Heck   Click Here to Email Max Heck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
You set up an automatic rerouting of your e-mail to your pager.

Actually, for a little while you could get telemetry updates from the Deep Space 1 Probe sent to an email address in sorta-realtime. I had it routed to my cellphone.

quote:
Tractor-feed dot matrix printers which made so much noise that printing at three am woke people for three square blocks.

What's better than old 132-column DM printers? Daisy-wheels!!! Back in high school I had the annoying habit of printing of last night's homework at 4:00am on my monster Diablo. My parents said it sounded like I was listening to gangster movies in my attic room... BRAT-TAT-TAT-TAT-TAT-TAT..... Somehow even the most annoying BRRRRRRTTT! of dot-matrix wasn't QUITE so bad.

Max.

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Jas
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Registered: Jul 2002

posted August 13, 2002 17:21     Click Here to See the Profile for Jas   Click Here to Email Jas     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hehe.

--You watch a "Nick Burns-Your Companies Computer Guy" skit on Saturday Night Live and not only do you break out laughing... you understand each and every joke.--

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Frost
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Registered: Apr 2002

posted August 13, 2002 19:37     Click Here to See the Profile for Frost     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, I remember my dad got us a C64 when they first came out. same with the ATARI game console. Anyone remember those?

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Charisma
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From: right behind you; in the shadows
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posted August 14, 2002 12:27     Click Here to See the Profile for Charisma   Click Here to Email Charisma     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You buy that issue of Playboy because it has an iBook on the cover.

You find yourself ignoring the plot of movies/TV shows/commercais and trying as hard as you can to see what OS they're running.

You are 100% sure that you can't eat an Apple.

Someone asks you a computer question and you spend 10 minutes explaining the theory behind it... but never answer the question.

You think Beat the Geeks on Comedy Central is too easy.

You go to see old western buildings because they're made from Adobe.

Ok... that last one was a stretch, but I was running out of ideas...

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bandgeek Riva
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From: Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA
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posted August 14, 2002 15:44     Click Here to See the Profile for bandgeek Riva   Click Here to Email bandgeek Riva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
... you spend 39 hours watching Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring in the theatre. My friend has done this... I have yet to understand why.

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mephisto
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posted August 14, 2002 16:38     Click Here to See the Profile for mephisto   Click Here to Email mephisto     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When your boss comes to you for an easy solution to manage the content in users directories on multiple boxes and you write a custom content management system that uses a little client daemon and central server that even keeps perfect logs of everything.

*mephisto - no i can't sell it, i wrote it for them.....*shrug

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