Great essay about understanding and wrangling your pet nerd by Rands In Repose:
A majority of the folks on the planet either have no idea how a computer works or they look at it and think â€œitâ€™s magicâ€. Nerds know how a computer works. They intimately know how a computer works. When you ask a nerd, â€œWhen I click this, it takes awhile for the thing to show up. Do you know whatâ€™s wrong?â€ they know whatâ€™s wrong.
Your nerd has control issues. Your nerd lives in a monospaced typeface world. Whereas everyone else is traipsing around picking dazzling fonts to describe their world, your nerd has carefully selected a monospace typeface, which he avidly uses to manipulate the world deftly via a command line interface while the rest fumble around with a mouse.
While I really wouldn’t want this to all be true about me, there’s definitely a lot of plain facts layed out. Great read if you are or know some serious nerds (with a bent towards tech pros/programmers specifically).
(via. Lindsay, photo from Mental Floss)
2 Replies to “The Nerd Handbook”
It scary that nerds can actually start debugging problems when something goes wrong. “Ok, so is the screen on? what do you see?… ” I love it.
I am shocked and pleased at how real and true this article is… I feel like it’s talking about ME directly. A+!
Thanks for the link :)