The Nerd Handbook

Posted by Jer Clarke on May 13, 2008 · General

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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 “it’s magic”. Nerds know how a computer works. They intimately know how a computer works. When you ask a nerd, “When I click this, it takes awhile for the thing to show up. Do you know what’s wrong?” they know what’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)

Posted by Jer Clarke on May 13, 2008 · General


  1. Foxinni

    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.

    May 14th, 2008 at 5:14 pm

  2. Shanti @ Antishay

    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 :)

    May 16th, 2008 at 5:39 pm

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