Your First True Geek Experience

Discussion in 'Community' started by Durandal7, Sep 6, 2002.

  1. Durandal7 macrumors 68040

    Feb 24, 2001
    What was your first geek experience?

    Mine was when I was 8 and copied about 60 lines of BASIC out of a C64 manual to get a small yellow ball to bounce around the screen. Those were the days...
  2. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    I warn u I've had a few drinks...

    I don't really know when my first true geek experience was...

    I didn't get into computers until 6 I haven't had too many geek/computer experiences. I have managed to hold the top spot at this site for posts for a good number of months, created what's now known as the "Geek Fest" series of gatherings for Macrumors members...hmm...what else?

    btw...B2TM was in on the Geek Fest New Orleans with me ;) :D
  3. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    I remember using a dumb terminal in Junior High the would connect to the main frame at the High School (late 70s) and save the Basic programs on punch tape....

    That's pretty damn geeky - and I was the 3rd member of the Geek-Fest event in NOLA this summer.

  4. 3777 macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2002
    I was reading my local newspaper and it had a big article titled "Games for Geeks" ..........then I read the games and they were all one's I play online.........:(
  5. G4scott macrumors 68020


    Jan 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I'd say that my first experience was in 8th grade, when I started to learn how to program BASIC on a TI calculator while I was bored during algebra...

    Now, I'm pretty good at spitting out programs for TI calculators... I even had a 3d maze :p I'm looking at computer science as a major right now. I'm currently a senior in high school, and I have tons of decisions to make...
  6. krossfyter macrumors 601


    Jan 13, 2002
    secret city
    in 5th grade we had this computer class where the plan was to get us exposed to computer early. that was like in 88 or 89 i cant remember exactly. we learned about the home keys and all that jazz and how to use the operating system and played games etc. etc.. it was an old school ibm computer.
  7. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    I took my camera out with me last night...kept getting asked if I was from out of town...he he he...

    Moxie can u hear me? :D
  8. peterjhill macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    Probably programming with my Atari 2600 basic cart. Either that or taking a basic programming class using Ti 99/4as
  9. Ifeelbloated macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2002
    some God forsaken place
    Remember that Simpsons episode where Bart got geekified and was sitting in the classroom. He suddenly realized he was a geek; then turned to Milhouse to express his distress and Milhouse sees his reflection in Bart's coke-bottle glasses and says, "Oh no, so am I!". My realization came like that.
  10. szark macrumors 68030


    May 14, 2002
    I started learning about computers when my Mom was working in data entry on punch card machines (late '70s). After that I learned Basic on TRS-80, then Atari.

    I wasn't at Geekfest but I did get up to watch the MWNY keynote at the Apple store at 6:00 am...
  11. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    i always fought the tendency...i was a math/science type geek in elementary school, and thru first two years of middle school, then i hung out with the stoners and cowboys in 8th grade so i would not look like such a bookworm type

    in high school, i got a good sat score so i could get into an ok college and that meant i could play electric guitar and slide on four years of high school which i did

    in college, instead of enrolling into the electronic engineering major which was full of geeks...there was no such thing as computer science then at the school in the way one would think of that, i went for the business major because they seemed more normal and balanced

    then i rebelled, dropped out of school, got married and among my jobs, i was a tre surgeon and i got to use chain saws...but that geek side of me got into the specs of the saws more than the species of the trees i was cutting or the rules determining what trees i was allowed to cut where

    i went back to business school and finished and embarked on studying more biz in grad school and i thought, cool...i will never be a geek again

    i joined a to be it's mba/biz guru/vp/whatever in san jose and i was faced again with technology and a former mba told me to become a network engineer because they made more than mbas

    i said, to myself, wait, that's being a geek/nerd and i spent much of my early childhood being picked on for that

    now it's three years later and i am a techie and not a suit, or a musician, or a stoner, or a cowboy, and technical journals interest me more than any type of magazines these days...i guess i could say the geek/nerd part of me won

    ...thus the struggles of a closet geek;)
  12. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus


    Oct 5, 2001
    San Diego, CA
    I'd have to say that my geekiness truly came out when I built my first PC from parts.

    That was quite a love-hate experience; loving the newness and learning everything I needed to know, hating how the stuff that should be working wasn't.

    After building two more systems, I realized it wasn't a limitation in my skills, but in the OS I was using: Windows.

    Since then, I've become a web designer, computer technician and server administrator...and, more importantly, a Mac user.

    I love the geeky aspects of troubleshooting, repair and installation of hardware, as well as OS management and server maintenance.

    I'm a geek, and proud of it. :)
  13. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    hey, rower, check out the monty python talk on power4 rumor on hardware rumors...yes, we hijacked that one

    darn monty!
  14. teabgs macrumors 68030


    Jan 18, 2002
    behind you
    Don't think I remember the first really....I started taking animation classes instead of playing baseball and soccer like everyone else when I was 8....does that count?
  15. xelterran macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2001
    owning a proteus2500, XV-5080 and turbo-phatt sound moduals - i guess that would be classed as 'geeky'. Hmmm.. reaching 100 posts on this forum :D
  16. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    congrats on your 100:D

    in the old days here, i did that congrats thing a lot to everyone that hit 100 or 500, but now so many people belong at macrumors it is mindboggling
  17. Backtothemac macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2002
    San Destin Florida
    LOL. TRS-80 Color computer. Learned Basic. Wrote a program that made it look like I broke into the schools computer. nevermind that I had no modem. Mom did not believe me and took the system away from me until on day in the mall the guy at Radio Shack explained it to her.

    Macrumors Geekfest NOLA 2002.

  18. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    re: Backtothemac

    ha ha ha!! :D

    that sounds like something I would have done as a kid... ;)

    and representing in NOLA...oh hell yeah! :D
  19. Durandal7 thread starter macrumors 68040

    Feb 24, 2001
    Just have to save for the 1000 marks now ,eh jef?
    I noticed that duke is approaching 6000 posts :eek:
  20. vniow macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.
    My first...

    When I discovered internet porn! :D
    J/king. Probably when I figured out that I was waaayy ahead of everybody else in my junior high computer class. I've always been a tweaker.:p
  21. Moxiemike macrumors 68020


    Jan 1, 2002
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Hehe. I've gotten that one. generally for me, a combo of digital camera, strewn about my neck, light wool pants (black), arty shirt (black) and leather bluchers, no socks.

    I get the "are you european" generally followed wiht "well, if you aren't are you gay?"

    People in Pittsburgh... sometimes.... i dunno.
  22. diorio macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2002
    My first true geek experience was when I started collecting Star Trek the Next Generation action figures. I would watch it every day after school. Then came chess club, but that didn't last that long.
  23. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    I hear u man...I say f**k 'em if they can't take a joke! :eek: :D ;)

    whatever though...I was surprised that none of the hunnies took me up on the offer for buddy kept hitting on them and I was trying to get shots of them...harder than u imagine...

    next time I'm just gonna lie and say I'm from a BIG men's magazine doing an article shoot on New Orleans nightlife ;)
  24. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    #24 that I'm thinking more about it...

    I would have to say one of my most geeky moments was starting a thread about posting to macrumors while drunk... ;)
  25. evildead macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2001
    WestCost, USA
    I was born a geek

    My father has a Phd in Computer Science and a masters in Math. My Mother has a masters in Math and a second masters in Computer science. And... I am working on my Computer science degree now... We all work in industry.

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