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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Return of the Geeks

Geeks have come a long way since their 1984 debut. If you happened to catch 60 Minutes a few nights ago, you saw just how far.

Once shunned by the masses, today's geeks are the superstars of the business world. With the information age now firmly entrenched in our society where would we be without geeks? There'd be no Google, no Yahoo, no YouTube.

Ten years ago I took my first step into 'geekdom' when I changed careers and switched to my company's help desk. For over a year I took the calls, I rebooted pc's and macs and I calmed the angry caller. Some of the time it was a frustrating and lonely job. But I was able to get my feet wet in the world of IT. After my stint on the hotline I moved to the web division and started coding my first web pages. After that, working the web became my passion.

So this one's for you geeks. Live long and prosper.

Watch the 60 mins piece. The guy from Geek Squad has a great quote at the end..."Geeks may inherit the earth, but they have no desire to rule it."



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1 comment:

Jim Durbin said...

Chris,

My wife and I were talking about this last night. It's not that geeks rule the world, it's that people who were not geeks moved into IT and realized the potential.

Sure, there are still a few geeks around - but not like the old days.