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Bare Necessities
Being a geek is not a bad thing. The world of the geek is very simple it has a few necessities: 
Computer, Code, Caffeine, Games, and Internet connectivity; well at least those are the main things I need.  If you are reading this you must be at least somewhat interested in being a "geek," or you know someone who refers to themselves as a geek.

You Don't Know What It's Like...
When most people look at geeks or nerds, they see someone who spends all their time working with some type of technology (most commonly Computers). What I think of geeky-ness, or geekdom, being geared toward computers I immediately think of someone who is extremely computer savvy, knowing more than just an average or above average users. Geekdom is not really something you can buy into with certain clothes, cars, or other materialistic items (save computers). Geekdom is a feeling and a way of life. Being geeky to me is being who you are and you just happen to know more about a certain piece of technology than most people. Most geeks do not do things to impress people; they do things for themselves. A few example of a difference between a geek and a nerd are; a geek might be seen:

in your office building, playing football in the hall.
in your office building, having chair races, with fellow geeks, down the halls.
playing World of Warcraft (WoW) or even EverQuest at every available opportunity.

+4 Intelligence Modifier
It is often stereotyped that geeks are strange individuals and intellectual geniuses, in attire, action, or both. This does not hold true for all geeks. Some geeks hold appearance as a very high priority, therefore they dress neat and act responsible and mature. Too some geeks this is a low priority, they care little about appearance and more about the things they care most about, technology. As for the matter of intellectual ability, it is quite often true that the majority of geeks do possess this. It is not unusual to see a geek reading a book or engaging in activities that require active imaginations, such as Role Playing.

Territorial
As with many things I have mentioned in this document there are exceptions to the rule but this is one attribute I find very common amongst geeks. Territory, in the very Cro-Magnon sense of the word means, 'this is mine not yours go find your own.' It is not uncommon for geeks find themselves in situations where they feel their territory has been invaded. Example time, say for instance you have had a geek working on your computer. He/she has reloaded it, updated it, upgraded it, installed it at your house, and even showed you how to use it, though you might have purchased that computer, paid for the software, the upgrades in hardware and even though the computer is at your house, it is not your computer, the geek owns the computer. Another example, for instance, you and every member of your family have a computer and they are all networked together and for some reason, something wrong is going on. You call up John Doe, the computer geek, after all he's helped you out before with problems. Well slowly but surely John has pieced this down but has not quite been able to put his finger on the root of the whole problem. Well you know that the kid on the street behind you, Timmy, is a computer whiz kid, "why don't we ask him for a fresh look at it" you ask. Well let me tell you something right now, you might have well taken out a white glove and slapped the stuffing out of John Doe because you just invited someone else to encroach on his territory. Though John might just smile and invite Timmy over to play, rest assured that John, is in fact cursing you in his head. So be mindful of how you treat your geeks, because you never know when they'll be gone for good.


 

According to
Dictionary.com.
 
One who eats (computer) bugs for a living. One who fulfils all the dreariest negative stereotypes about hackers
According to
The New Hacker Dictionary
 | Mirror 1 |
(computer geek)

1. One who eats (computer) bugs for a living. One who fulfills all the dreariest negative stereotypes about hackers: an asocial, malodorous, pasty-faced monomaniac with all the personality of a cheese grater. Cannot be used by outsiders without implied insult to all hackers; (more)
 

According to me. A geek is someone who is enjoys being part of something (usually associated with technology), their knowledge extends beyond average and above-average person's, and is often considered "off-the-wall;" Someone who knows the in's and out's of something so well that the often times people consider them un-ordinary.
 
Geekdom is not something you should be afraid of being labeled in. Geekdom is not a stigma it is a blessing, even though it sometimes seems to be an unfortunate curse, especially when dealing with a load of work from several BOFH's all about to drive you to the point of shutting down the server, breaking the fiber and/or setting the firewall to not allow any traffic in or out, and taking a 2 week vacation. Geekdom is really something to pride yourself on. Just remember, geeks are needed because without us many things you have come to enjoy would not be.

"Blessed are the Geeks for they shall internet the earth."
--ThinkGeek

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