I cannot remember when it first occurred to me but it did cross my mind again while shopping online for some new t-shirts. I was torn between the "Bazinga!" and "Resistance is Futile" T-shirts. Yes, I am a geek. If you knew that Bazinga! is Sheldon Cooper's "gotcha" phrase or how resistance is pointless, you may be one too. If so, stand proud and know it's good to be a geek.
It wasn't always that way. There were many times when being a geek was tough but the Navy changed all that when I became a tron, which has no connection to the movie; I was an avionics tech and we were called the trons. Our charge was the entire avionics suite. The ability to repair something was pretty cool stuff. That's why I say good times will come one day my geek friends.
One place that being a geek can be challenging comes in personal interactions. When a twelver (person whose device flashes 12:00 because they cannot program it) asks me a tech question I often feel the need to filter, which along with a proper answer can be difficult. Two people can ask me the same question and I filter the answer based on the person's geek level. Consider a common proverb written two ways. "A revolving lithic conglomerate accumulates no bryophyte congeries" and "A rolling stone gathers no moss." Almost everyone knows the second one but fewer people understood the first one because of the terms used.
The challenge is putting things into understandable terms for the non-geeks because many are quickly lost if the words go too far up the geek jargon scale. Slap on the old acronym filter and keep the vernacular simple my fellow geek posse. People will respect you for it.
Ron Poland is a professor in the Computer Information Systems AAS program at Clinton Community College. Poland is certified in computer repair and networking by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). He is also a Cisco certified network assistant. Questions may be sent to him via e-mail at email@example.com.