Lists may be utterly pointless, but on a Friday where the biggest tech news is Wayne Rooney’s new contract with Manchester United, hey, they fill a void. TechRepublic has a list of 10 things that will result in the REVOCATION~! of your Geek Card. I think I lost my card at E3. Number 10: Admitting you like iTunes. This is true: any geek worth his salt should be using foobar2000. Well, if you’re using Windows; if you’re on a Mac you’ve already handed over your geek card. (That’s a joke.) (Plus 10 Geek Points.)
9. Not knowing the difference between binary and hexadecimal
Know, but only because I use to fiddle with hexadecimal when trying to make GameShark codes for N64 games back in the late 90s, which is fairly geeky in and of itself. Plus 10 Geek Points.
8. Not knowing what MMORPG stands for
Obv. Plus five Geek Points.
7. Loving your cable or telecom company
6. Not knowing the name of the book that Blade Runner was based on
Not only did I know this, but I’ve read the first two or so chapters of the book. So there. Plus five Geek Points.
5. Confusing Star Wars and Star Trek
I’ve zero interest in either of these. Minus 50 Geek Points.
4. Believing the “free” in open source refers to price
Free as in Freedom. Plus 10 Geek Points.
3. Defending Facebook for its privacy transgressions
2. Taking something into Geek Squad to get fixed
Hard to visit the Geek Squad while my protest continues. N/A.
1. Buying a paper computer book at Barnes & Noble
Fairly certain I’ve never bought a paper computer book. Computer knowledge is best acquired in esoteric mailing lists and message boards. N/A
FINAL GEEK SCORE: 20 POINTS
My points scale was completely arbitrary, so your results may vary.
Where do you fall?