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    Quote Originally Posted by Cerebrum123 View Post
    2 on the list, maybe 3 if thousands is just supposed to be hyperbole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    You've ever written a program in BASIC.
    Yes.

    Your relatives used you as a VCR programming service.
    *thinking* hmmm...I did some myself but not sure about family.

    You not only know what floppies are but you've used multiple sizes.
    yep! Our IBM Displaywriter used 8 inchers and had those toaster type drives.

    You owned a computer before there was an Internet - and you know what www stands for.
    I myself...hm...yeah...got one while I was married but don't remember what it was...but yes definitely pre World Wide Web.

    You've bought coaxle cable by the foot before anyone owned a home computer.
    nope not me.

    You remember when word processors were hardware and not just software.
    I still consider the IBM MemoryWriters the finest ever.

    You have taped a box fan to a Mac.
    Never had one...did it really get that hot?

    Your collection of computer magazines needs dusting.
    Not anymore. Maybe a stray computer parts one that I haven't found and tossed yet.

    You've fixed thousands of computers by unplugging them.
    Not thousands. Also a few rogue keyboards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertBerean View Post
    Not thousands. Also a few rogue keyboards.
    He was always wondering why they kept disappearing.
    Every problem is the result of a previous solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    He was always wondering why they kept disappearing.
    They kept making this clacking chattering noise...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertBerean View Post
    They kept making this clacking chattering noise...
    Those are the best kind!


    Back in college, a friend of mine had a Mac and he really had a box fan strapped to it. As I recall the problem was the crappy fans they came with, and from the way the geeks talked, it was a common problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    Those are the best kind!


    Back in college, a friend of mine had a Mac and he really had a box fan strapped to it. As I recall the problem was the crappy fans they came with, and from the way the geeks talked, it was a common problem.
    Wow. I know computers DO catch fire. That's scary. Incidentally maybe another geek thing is remembering when they banned all smoking and food around the machines. I heard of this one coworker who had to have the machine cleaned and de-tarred out cuz of really dedicated chain smoking. Twice.

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    Yes, I'm an old geek:

    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    You've ever written a program in BASIC.
    Yes

    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    Your relatives used you as a VCR programming service.
    Yes

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    You not only know what floppies are but you've used multiple sizes.
    Yes, from 8 inch on down

    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    You owned a computer before there was an Internet - and you know what www stands for.
    Not before Arpanet, but certainly before the web

    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    You've bought coaxle cable by the foot before anyone owned a home computer.
    Nope

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    You remember when word processors were hardware and not just software.
    Yes, used one

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    You have taped a box fan to a Mac.
    I've had or worked on several Macs (going back to the 80's), and never had to tape a fan on. Rarely had a hardware issue either

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    Your collection of computer magazines needs dusting.
    Yes

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    You've fixed thousands of computers by unplugging them.
    Maybe a few...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    You've ever written a program in BASIC.
    In a store display, once, and the shame has never left me. I'd been programming in actual languages for years by then. I did some work in VBASIC once, or started to, because that's what a client had to work with, before the bog down convinced me to convince them that $100 on FileMaker Pro would get the same job done and leave them with a solution even their own staff could maintain.

    Your relatives used you as a VCR programming service.
    To prevent incipient madness, I once fixed the flashing 12's on a VCR when I was house-sitting (because lead paint was being mitigated in my own place).

    You not only know what floppies are but you've used multiple sizes.
    And transferred between them.

    You owned a computer before there was an Internet - and you know what www stands for.
    I owned a smart monitor before there were even personal computers.

    You've bought coaxle cable by the foot before anyone owned a home computer.
    Pretty sure "coaxle cable" by the foot is reserved for Alabamians who only need one hand to count teeth.

    You remember when word processors were hardware and not just software.
    Actually, they were software first, just not on PCs.

    You have taped a box fan to a Mac.
    Wha ... no. Just no. That's not only not geek, it's not possible, and not even the old Mac's had problems with overheating.

    Your collection of computer magazines needs dusting.
    Only if you spell it "composting" ... and "needed."

    You've fixed thousands of computers by unplugging them.
    Not even a pretend geek would admit to that.

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    First I'd like to point out that my understanding of the definition of the word "geek" is a clown that bites off chickens' heads. That said, having grown up during the '80's, I think I can affirmatively answer at least one of these and therefore be classified as an old nerd.

    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    You've ever written a program in BASIC.
    I got my start as a kid using Apple II BASIC to do nothing more than draw low-resolution graphics in school, but our first home computer was an old second-hand Commodore VIC-20 on which I really started learning more of the BASIC language. Through the years I learned a few other BASIC-language interpreters, before eventually coming across Visual Basic for DOS and finally Visual Basic 6 which I still use.

    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    Your relatives used you as a VCR programming service.
    Though I've used a VCR, Mr. mossy was more the expert in timer recording than I was.

    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    You not only know what floppies are but you've used multiple sizes.
    First 5.25", and then 3.5".

    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    You owned a computer before there was an Internet - and you know what www stands for.
    Our first PC in late 1993 had DOS 6.0, Windows 3.1 and no Internet capability. Those were the days.

    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    You've bought coaxle cable by the foot before anyone owned a home computer.
    I could see Mr. mossy quite possibly having done that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    You remember when word processors were hardware and not just software.
    We once had an electronic typewriter with an LCD dot matrix display which showed a 12 (or so) character "buffer" which could previewed to allow for necessary corrections before actually printing onto the inserted sheet of paper. It also had a built-in calculator, which I rather enjoyed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    You have taped a box fan to a Mac.
    Nope. I've never heard of that before, and I'm not even sure I understand how that works or why it would be necessary.

    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    Your collection of computer magazines needs dusting.
    Though we got rid of a bunch of older ones that came with our second-hand Tandy, I still have a few Visual Basic Programmer's Journal issues from the mid-late '90's (between VB 5 & 6).

    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    You've fixed thousands of computers by unplugging them.
    Not just computers, but many other electronic devices like our Apple TV and Blu-Ray player suddenly worked again after recycling the power.
    ~ Russell ("MelMak")

    "[Sing] and [make] melody in your heart to the Lord." -- Ephesians 5:19b

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