Sunday, February 22, 2015

10 Signs You're and Old Geek...

10 Signs You're an Old Geek...  I spotted this article on Fox News, and clicked over to read it.  It was so depressing.  The 10 alleged signs:
  • You still say “dial” the phone.  Check.  Yup, I do that.
  • You remember when state-of-the-art chips had dozens of transistors.  Well, yes, I do remember that.  But I also remember when there were no chips at all – and when transistors were rare and expensive beasties.  We relied on exotic devices called “vacuum tubes” – and I laugh out loud at the audio tweekies who are paying premium prices today for the awful distorted sound those primitive things produced.
  • You still consider “geek” to be an insult.  Well, no, I don't.  But I do remember when the word referred to sleazy performers in a carnival acts, like the one who bit the head off a chicken.  It's a mystery to me how it came to refer to technology buffs,
  • You know a third meaning for the word “brick.”  Check.  I owned one of those bricks.
  • You had a slide rule.  Yup, I owned a slide rule.  Several.  And today I have about 2,200 of them (I collect them).  But I didn't have a slide rule because calculators were too expensive – I had one because there were no calculators.  They hadn't been invented yet!
  • You owned a $5 digital watch.  Check.  What's your point?
  • You reveled in the epic Steve Jobs – Bill Gates interview from the 2007 D5 conference.  I only vaguely recall this interview.  It seems like recent history to me, not something I'd have to be old to note.  What is this author calling “old”, anyway?  30?
  • You were so sure we’d have a domed city on Mars by now.  Uh, no.  I was pretty darned sure there would be no such thing – the challenges are far from our ability to overcome them, even today.  A real geek would know this, I think.
  • You used punch cards.  Check.  But – I also remember when punch cards seemed like the bleeding edge of technology, replacing that old clunker punched paper tape.  I'll call your geek and raise you one.
  • You remember when: bubble memories, home computers, superconductivity, pen computing, PDAs, Betamax, heads-up displays and Gallium Arsenide were all going to be the next big thing. And you probably played with Tinker Toys, Erector Sets and wooden blocks growing up and you still spin vinyl in your basement when nobody’s around.  Well, yes to all that.  But I also remember wire recorders, portable vacuum-tube record players, lacquer 78 RPM records, and 7 transistor radios.
I guess all this makes me an ancient geek!

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