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pebbles
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#117574 19-Mar-2008 17:54
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And then there are geeks like me...

I'm female, had no previous experience with computers... but am doing my first year of Computer Science at VIC this year, also worked at DSE too which did teach me a lot of the basics.

I'm into shopping, LAN gaming and currently addicted to COD4 on PS3 - my most recent achievement is I just got my basic handling certificate for a motorbike and will be going for my license this week (only problem will be finding a bike short enough!)

All my friends are geeky males really and life is great being a geek :)







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  #117584 19-Mar-2008 18:12
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Geek is a state of mind.

I'm slightly (ok, totally) into motorsport.  Not so much watching, but competing.
I drive an '89 Subaru RS Legacy with full roll cage, race seats and 5 point harnesses.  Try taking that to the shops frequently.  Tongue out  Completely road legal, just not overly practical.

Usually found most weekends racing somewhere in the greater Wgtn region and often elsewhere in the country.
Any surface.  Gravel, tarmac, grass.

When I'm not racing thta I am pointing a camera at motorsport, or in fact anything that appears in the viewfinder.
Photo link in signature.

Sounds like quite a few varied "geek" interests out there.  Smile




 
 
 
 


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  #119607 29-Mar-2008 21:31
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Yeah, a bit of a geek here too, guess I´m interested in all sorts of tech related things (just switched kbd back to US layout - started learning Spanish a few weeks ago for a change away from tech), been running Slackware for years - fun stuff, good way to learn if you're interested in Linux BTW.
Rest of the spare time( in between house maintenance!) gets spent on vacuum tube hifi, all good fun to build the amps then feed them from a USB DAC, then play a bit of vinyl when I've had enough of digitalia... Chess and going for a bit of a drive in an ancient (but tidy!) Opel GT Vectra on a bit of twisty road somewhere out of the way is all good too.
And going someplace for a fine ale and  a bit of yak never  a bad thing  either -  Horse and Trap in Mt Eden is a fine venue for such... cheers, 'tron.
PS A question to all of you,  will anyone  confess  to reading technical manuals while  sitting on the throne (you know,  that small room)?

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  #120236 1-Apr-2008 15:58
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In the past few years I've been amazed how many so called "geeks" ride motorbikes always thought I was about the only one so there goes my individuality lol

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  #120239 1-Apr-2008 15:59
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Radiotron:
PS A question to all of you, will anyone confess to reading technical manuals while sitting on the throne (you know, that small room)?


Nope, never read manuals found a win95 manual from one of my first few computers the otherday I never opened it :)

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#120247 1-Apr-2008 16:33
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I'm a basketball geek.  I don't play, but I've been a loyal and passionate fan of the Orlando Magic since 1995/96.

It is great that the NBA recognises the huge International fanbase. In the past two years they've introduced FREE & LIVE audio streaming of all games, desktop gadgets, RSS feeds and other fan interactivity online.

"NBA... where amazing happens."







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  #120270 1-Apr-2008 17:41
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Radiotron:
PS A question to all of you, will anyone confess to reading technical manuals while sitting on the throne (you know, that small room)?


literally "LOL" because a) yes I'll confess to that, and even worse b) i've had many a dead leg from spending too long on the can because I've lost track of time playing bejewelled or brickbreaker!!! 


 
 
 
 


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  #120619 2-Apr-2008 22:25
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I have an extreeeeeeemely hard time getting anyone to believe im a geek. Partly because I look young and partly because Im a female. I get those looks at teched and stuff like, oh you poor thing u wandered in here and are lost, can I help you with directions to get out?, lol

for starters im a ft qualified software engineer..and I have been into computers since I could read. however im really into fashion, cooking, eating, working out/body sculpting, photography, gaming, shoes, shoes, shoes, and food, oh and anti-feminism (lol).

i have been to a few girl geek dinners, and I gotta say the ratio of true female geeks to guys is a bit sad lol.


PS A question to all of you, will anyone confess to reading technical manuals while sitting on the throne (you know, that small room)?

lol... only the huge microsoft self paced training kits for their exams. yawn. epic yawn.

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  #120625 2-Apr-2008 22:57
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laurasaur: I have an extreeeeeeemely hard time getting anyone to believe im a geek. Partly because I look young and partly because Im a female. I get those looks at teched and stuff like, oh you poor thing u wandered in here and are lost, can I help you with directions to get out?, lol


Gosh do I know how you feel! Try working in retail though... my opinions counted for nothing and without a male backing up what I said I was hardly ever believed :( happens with friends too though... your word needs proof whereas if it was from a male it would be believed straight away, least it is getting better though!







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  #120631 2-Apr-2008 23:35
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pebbles and laurasaur, if it's any consolation I currently work with a number of female engineers and technical specialists who are well respected and quite brilliant at their jobs.  Sadly, they all come from our European or North American offices as we have very few locally in AU or NZ.  I guess it's just not seen as a career by most ladies in AU/NZ?

Some of the very best Unix engineers I've had the pleasure to work with have been female.

Admittedly, speaking as a guy, I've had a few odd experiences when exchanging emails with people who have gender neutral names, only to finally meet them and they are female - it is unexpected, but usually pleasant :).

I'm a "geek" (although that's not how I would describe myself), but my job is largely my life and that's all about communications, telecommunications, and Internet/IP.  My hobbies are beer and travel - and not technology!

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  #122873 11-Apr-2008 15:03
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Is there a difference in pay between genders ?

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  #122885 11-Apr-2008 16:06
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Macfan: Is there a difference in pay between genders ?


I'd be really interested in knowing this too actually! Maybe a bit OT so a new forum is anyone else feels like it?







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  #123444 14-Apr-2008 17:22
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Well being 14 (as of today WOOT!) I think I am the youngest member on geekzone :D

I like having lots of computers around me, I have about 6 in my room at any one time, all of which I think are allright, I like my parents (they pay for it all for me :D)

My latest favorite gadgets is the electric pencil sharpener (which is now my excuse for taking my laptop to school) and its not really a gadget, but the newtons ball thing, where you hit the other balls with one ball and the other ball on the other side moves :D these ones are entertaining me alot right now.

other than computers not much more other than lighting and audio type systems, for big concerts and stuff like that.

friends are good lol, and so are multiple personalities :D




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  #123659 15-Apr-2008 14:05
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Macfan: Is there a difference in pay between genders ?

If the question was aimed at me: no, I don't think there is.  The pay varies with seniority/time with the company/experience/skills/role as you'd expect, but I don't think there's a gender bias.

These roles would be advertised with salaries starting at 90K (and ending well north of 200K); with a distribution across that based on the above criteria.

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#124995 19-Apr-2008 21:19
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I very much doubt a true geek could answer the question the way its intended.
Lets face it a true geeks is a myopic binary number cruncher with numerous social disorders or 'gifts' and I'm quite sure they'd  actually find the question difficult to answer. Frankly I doubt they'd even grasp the concept of 'out there' yet alone 'in big numbers'
given the context.

Perhaps they'd eventually try to consider appraising the question as an SQL statement out of desperation , something like.

select 'true geeks' from 'out there' where 'big numbers' > 1     

though since a true geek can't grasp the concept of 'out there' meaning anything that is external to themselves, they will just dismiss it.

This can be understood with regard to the gradual acquisition of concepts. Suppose that you are a geek in the first stage of such a process of acquisition and you must try to learn the concept X, a concept of the second stage. If something is a second-stage concept, then it cannot be coextensive with any first-stage concept, otherwise there would be no distinction in expressive power between the first and the second stages and no basis at all for such a hierarchy of learning stages. But if you are a geek who cannot represent the extension of a second-stage concept in terms of the extension of some first-stage concept with which you are already familiar, then you cannot represent the extension of that second-stage concept X at all because the first-stage concepts are all that you have at your disposal. And if you cannot represent the extension of the concept, then you cannot learn the concept because the learning of a concept implies the projection and confirmation of the biconditionals which determine that the extension of the concept has been learned. The conclusion is that either higher-stage concepts are indeed representable in terms of (reducible to) lower-stage concepts (in which case there is no basis for the distinctions between stages and the hierarchy crumbles with no actual learning taking place) or there are concepts in the higher-level stages which cannot be represented in the lower-stages, in which case the geek cannot learn them.


to much idle time.

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