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Lady_Luvalot
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Icon 1 posted August 11, 2002 05:08      Profile for Lady_Luvalot     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
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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Icon 1 posted August 11, 2002 07:09      Profile for SpikeSpiegel     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
wouldnt this be better suited in the jokes forum?

other than that.. good list

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Tut-an-Geek

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Icon 1 posted August 11, 2002 10:14      Profile for Tut-an-Geek   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
lol...

i take offense to the appletalk crack though

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maxomai
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Icon 1 posted August 11, 2002 20:26      Profile for maxomai   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
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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Icon 1 posted August 11, 2002 20:32      Profile for candypants     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
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
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Icon 10 posted August 12, 2002 06:37      Profile for Alien Investor     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
... 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
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Icon 10 posted August 12, 2002 20:30      Profile for chicgeek     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
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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Icon 5 posted August 13, 2002 02:11      Profile for ginacanadiangeek     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
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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Icon 1 posted August 13, 2002 05:46      Profile for LifetimeTrekker     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
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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Icon 6 posted August 13, 2002 06:25      Profile for supaboy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
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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Icon 1 posted August 13, 2002 06:42      Profile for reinedescoeurs   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Until I was sixteen, I used a 16-pin dot matrix printer.

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maxomai
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Icon 1 posted August 13, 2002 07:48      Profile for maxomai   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
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

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Icon 1 posted August 13, 2002 07:50      Profile for Swiss Mercenary     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
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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Icon 1 posted August 13, 2002 09:55      Profile for EngrBohn     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
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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Icon 1 posted August 13, 2002 14:27      Profile for Tau Zero     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
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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Icon 1 posted August 13, 2002 16:01      Profile for Max Heck     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
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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Icon 1 posted August 13, 2002 17:21      Profile for Jas   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
hehe.

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Frost
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Icon 1 posted August 13, 2002 19:37      Profile for Frost     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
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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Icon 1 posted August 14, 2002 12:27      Profile for Charisma   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
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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Icon 1 posted August 14, 2002 15:44      Profile for bandgeek Riva     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
... 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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Icon 1 posted August 14, 2002 16:38      Profile for mephisto     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
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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