You're not a Geek, You're a Fanboy

Recently one of the posts in my Google+ stream was about an interview on a show about geeks and their gadgets. The only problem I had was that the person interviewed by the show is not a geek, in my (not so) humble opinion.

The Definition of a Geek

I guess one of the first things I need to clarify is what my definition of a geek is, especially in the context of gadgets.

A geek is a person with a very keen interest in something that is somewhat technical by nature. A geek is also a tinkerer, who wants to play with things and find out how they work. They are often not satisfied with a black box that does something for them, they want to know how it does that.

A gadget geek in particular is someone with a keen interest in gadgets, often to the point of buying early models and then figuring out how to fix the teething bugs. They don’t mind the bugs because they’re getting to play with gadgets ahead of everyone else.

Geeks are also often not sold on one particular company’s products, and would rather go for a variety that gives them the best opportunity to tinker.

When is a Geek Not a Geek?

For one, when they wait with baited breath for each and every release from a particular company. Or when they only own technology from one particular company. Or they don’t care how it works, they just want it to work.

Keeping up with the latest software tends is not geeky. Building your own software is.

You're a Fanboy

And lastly, if all the devices you own are iDevices, you're not a geek, you're a fanboy.

[ Image Credit: "I can see clearly now" by ~Pawsitive~Candie_N ]


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