being a geek
Philip Tellis / philip@bluesmoon.info
Yahoo!
Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005
Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel...
Who am I?
Philip Tellis
philip@bluesmoon.info
@bluesmoon
yahoo
geek
Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 being a geek
How does one define a geek?
An obsession with books, studies, gadgets?
Wearing thick glasses?
Having no [social] life?
Spea...
2200 years ago, knowing only that at a particular place in
Egypt, on a particular day of the year, at noon, the sun cast n...
It’s about being curious
Why doesn’t it work?
Why does it work?
How does it work?
How do I break it?
How do I fix it again?...
It’s about being curious about everything
Why doesn’t it work?
Why does it work?
How does it work?
How do I break it?
How ...
It’s about being an explorer
Seek out unsolved problems
To boldly go where no one has gone before
Do something just becaus...
And about Experimenting
Change small parts and observe differences in the whole
Tinkering can get really addictive
You lea...
Not being afraid to break things
Geeks are like children
The thought of breaking a system doesn’t arise
Fear limits possib...
Geekdom isn’t limited to a domain
Physics, Math, Hi Tech, Comp Sci
Biology, Gaming
DIY
Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 ...
During the Atom bomb testing, Enrico Fermi accurately
calculated the intensity of the blast by throwing a few small
pieces...
Software Geeks
Need to be involved in every part of the system
Some geeks are hackers
Boredom and Drudgery are evil - unle...
So what about linux and FOSS?
That’s like the big prize you get for being geeky
Software geeks love to use FOSS
They can fi...
Dispelling the myths
Geeks like to study
Not all geeks wear glasses. Some use lenses.
Geeks have great social lives, and v...
Why be a geek?
It’s exciting
Something’s always happening
What do you do when you get to 42?
Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel...
What are you waiting for?
Go be a geek.
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  1. 1. being a geek Philip Tellis / philip@bluesmoon.info Yahoo! Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 being a geek
  2. 2. Who am I? Philip Tellis philip@bluesmoon.info @bluesmoon yahoo geek Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 being a geek
  3. 3. How does one define a geek? An obsession with books, studies, gadgets? Wearing thick glasses? Having no [social] life? Speaking in large incomprehensible terms and not caring about sport? Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 being a geek
  4. 4. 2200 years ago, knowing only that at a particular place in Egypt, on a particular day of the year, at noon, the sun cast no shadow, Eratosthenes accurately calculated the circumference of the Earth. Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 being a geek
  5. 5. It’s about being curious Why doesn’t it work? Why does it work? How does it work? How do I break it? How do I fix it again? Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 being a geek
  6. 6. It’s about being curious about everything Why doesn’t it work? Why does it work? How does it work? How do I break it? How do I fix it again? Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 being a geek
  7. 7. It’s about being an explorer Seek out unsolved problems To boldly go where no one has gone before Do something just because you can Do something because someone said it can’t be done Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 being a geek
  8. 8. And about Experimenting Change small parts and observe differences in the whole Tinkering can get really addictive You learn more by doing than by reading Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 being a geek
  9. 9. Not being afraid to break things Geeks are like children The thought of breaking a system doesn’t arise Fear limits possibilities, geeks hate limits This could be dangerous - Curiosity killed the geek Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 being a geek
  10. 10. Geekdom isn’t limited to a domain Physics, Math, Hi Tech, Comp Sci Biology, Gaming DIY Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 being a geek
  11. 11. During the Atom bomb testing, Enrico Fermi accurately calculated the intensity of the blast by throwing a few small pieces of paper up into the air as the explosion took place and measuring how far they fell. Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 being a geek
  12. 12. Software Geeks Need to be involved in every part of the system Some geeks are hackers Boredom and Drudgery are evil - unless it’s personal Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 being a geek
  13. 13. So what about linux and FOSS? That’s like the big prize you get for being geeky Software geeks love to use FOSS They can fix bugs that annoy them The transition from user to developer comes naturally Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 being a geek
  14. 14. Dispelling the myths Geeks like to study Not all geeks wear glasses. Some use lenses. Geeks have great social lives, and very large social networks Geeks are active in sport like UT, Warcraft and Everquest Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 being a geek
  15. 15. Why be a geek? It’s exciting Something’s always happening What do you do when you get to 42? Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 being a geek
  16. 16. What are you waiting for? Go be a geek. Linux Bangalore 2004, Freedel 2005 being a geek
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