How Geek am I?

So, Gizmodo had a list of 50 skills every geek should know. Seeing as I choose to don the title of “Geek” I feel obligated to see how many of these skills I posses.

Skills marked in Bold are skill I have and have used, or have all the essential knowledge to perform without reference. My notes are [encased in square brackets].

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Check out the list after the break.

The List

  1. Install a hard drive in a laptop

  2. Perform a clean OS install on a machine with two OSes

  3. Swap out the battery on your iPod/iPhone

  4. Jailbreak an iPhone

  5. Wire your house for Ethernet and Coax cable

  6. Use BitTorrent and RSS to automatically download new shows from trackers

  7. Use an A/V receiver to its fullest capability (every port is taken) [with the right equipment]

  8. Calibrate an HDTV without the manual

  9. Use a DSLR in full manual mode

  10. Hack the encryption and mooch your neighbor’s Wi-Fi

  11. Solder cleanly enough to get around a circuit board

  12. Use your 3G phone as a Wi-Fi access point

  13. Shove the guts of a modern game console into a retro game console

  14. Design a webpage in HTML by hand that features a picture of your cat

  15. Use Photoshop to imperceptibly doctor a photo

  16. Abstain from buying extended warranties [a definite must for a geek]

  17. Know where to buy cheap cables and accessories [ is a good start]

  18. Fix your parents’ computer over the phone without looking at a computer

  19. Enter the Konami code [Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start]

  20. Comment on Gizmodo from your phone

  21. Type quickly using T9 texting

  22. Program a universal remote

  23. Contribute code to the Linux kernel

  24. Hide porn from your significant other [though I'd prefer to share it with her ;-) ]

  25. Avoid DRM on everything

  26. Know how to back up your data to networked storage - and actually do it [set this up on a scheduled task]

  27. Watch TV shows on the internet for free [, BOOM BABY!]

  28. Edit together digital video ripped from YouTube

  29. Play any SNES game on your computer through an emulator

  30. Reset expired trial software by messing with the registry [been a while, but have done this]

  31. Hackintosh your PC

  32. Download pre-release movies from Usenet

  33. Hack the Wii to play homebrew games

  34. Get around web content filters on public computers

  35. Get into a Windows computer if you forgot your password

  36. Securely erase your data so it can’t be recovered

  37. Share a printer between a Mac and a PC on a network

  38. Build a fighting robot

  39. Write your own Firefox plugins

  40. Navigate and reorganize the files on your computer in DOS

  41. Get something on the front page of Digg

  42. Get through to executive customer service

  43. Rip a CD to V0 quality MP3s

  44. Rip a DVD to DivX

  45. Build your own computer from parts [there is no other way]

  46. Swap out the hard drive in your DVR for a bigger one

  47. Get an NES cartridge working again by blowing in it

  48. Calibrate a 7.1 surround-sound system

  49. Play downloaded games on a Nintendo DS

  50. Talk about things that aren’t tech related [possible, but difficult]

30 out of 50… not too bad I guess, though I’m sure a simple Google search or two and I’d have the knowledge most of these other skills require.


Now that’s where the true test of a Geek lies, in his ability to find solutions where he has none, aka Google-fu.

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