Publicado por: heldercangula | Junho 30, 2008

How to Be a Computer Geek

Little known to most, there are many benefits to being a computer geek. In our high-tech society, being a computer guru can be one of the most high paying jobs available. By tapping into your inner geek, you can develop a most useful skill that will be sure to pay off later in life.

  1. Learn what hardware is.
  2. Learn what software is.
  3. Learn the specs (technical specifications) of your computer.
  4. Learn to navigate a computer without using the explorer window, only by using the command line. Here are some common commands:
    • cd folder (*nix/Windows) to change the directory to folder
    • ls (*nix) or dir (Windows) to list the files or folders in the current directory
    • rm file (*nix) or del file (Windows) to remove file
    • mkdir name (*nix/Windows) or md name (Windows) to make a directory with a name of name
    • cp origfile newfile (*nix) or copy origfile newfile (Windows) to copy origfile to newfile
    • Note: *nix is any Unix based system such as Linux, BSD, or MacOS X (previous versions of Mac OS are not based off of Unix)
  5. Learn to type without looking at the keyboard,
  6. Ask. If someone does something on a computer that you would like to know, ask them about it.
  7. Learning a programming language is a must-do. HTML is not considered a geeky language, nor CSS, HTML is a markup language and CSS is a presentation language. Python and PHP are excellent programming languages for beginner geeks, while Perl and C should only be learned after grasping the basic “geeky” computer and Internet concepts. If you chose to learn HTML learn XHTML.
  8. Start learning basic repair procedures. This can help you out a lot if your or someone else’s computer breaks down, which will also increase your reputation as a computer geek. You may learn the advanced methods, but that may require lessons from an actual computer geek.
  9. Work with others with their computer problems. By interacting with other PC users, you may find that they know things that you don’t and vice versa. However as a computer geek wannabe, you’ll want to know more about computer than your friends, at any given time.
  10. Help others out with their computer problems. Not only will you build a name for yourself, but it is good practice and can help you learn about situations and problems you have not encountered before.
  11. Offer to help others with their computer problems even if they claim they don’t have a problem.
  12. Learn to recognize malware(computer viruses, spyware and the other nasty stuff) before running the daily antivirus/antispyware scans.
  13. Use a restrictive firewall, that would cause normal people to cry because they don’t understand how to use it. Of course, you should know how to use it!
  14. Use an Open Source Operating System
    • Most computer geeks will use an open OS such as BSD or Linux, because it is (usually) free and allows them to do geeky stuff such as programming, running servers and using a command line interface (CLI).
  15. Know the expressionFree as in beer or free as in speech” and what it means.
  16. Use Firefox and install the NoScript addon.
  17. Use Shortcuts.
  18. Know the inner workings of the Internet.
  19. Remember to keep things simple. Skip overwhelming or overly-complicated ideas. Instead, focus on learning the knowledge and skills you may need to accomplish a big idea in the future.
  20. Learn to speak Geek!


  1. Magnifica publicação.

    • thanks Mano nelinho

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