Screaming Into The Abyss

The Geeks Have Inherited The Earth
By Ben Zvan
On February 08, 2010 at 15:12
Computers

Me!You may not have realized it but I wasn't always as cool as I am now.

When I was a kid, I had a small group of friends who didn't always fit in with the rest of the school. We were the nerds. We used computers, played video games, and brought calculators to class. We owned digital watches and used email.

Today, not only does that describe pretty much every schoolkid, but it describes pretty much everybody, period.

Almost everything I did as a kid that got me labeled as a nerd is a common thing today. Everyone I know has a calculator in their pocket. Don't believe me? Check your cellphone. Do you know anyone without an email address? Anyone who doesn't use a computer at least once a day? Anyone who doesn't play video-games (yes, bejeweled counts.)

The big difference between us nerds and the rest of the technology users out there is that they think about the activity, while we also think about the tool. Did you buy the wrong phone or computer? You wouldn't have if you were one of us because LEDs, terrabytes, and capacitive touch-screens are always on our minds. Is facebook slow or is it your ISP? We already know (it's facebook.)

You are the consumers of the Internet and of gadgets and video games just like we are. We just happen to be the ones that make them work in the first place.

Now if I could just figure out why it was all the non-nerds who went into technology management...

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