November 13, 2007

The Nerd Handbook

I’m a nerd. You should all know that by now and if you don’t, well, now you do. I happened to stumble across The Nerd Handbook. It’s a short blog post, just over 2500 words. It seems to be targeted at nerd’s significant other, however, I think there are valuable insights for everyone, such as:


Understand your nerd’s relation to the computer. It’s clichéd, but a nerd is defined by his computer, and you need to understand why.

First, a majority of the folks on the planet either have no idea how a computer works or they look at it and think “it’s magic”. Nerds know how a computer works. They intimately know how a computer works. When you ask a nerd, “When I click this, it takes awhile for the thing to show up. Do you know what’s wrong?” they know what’s wrong. A nerd has a mental model of the hardware and the software in his head. While the rest of the world sees magic, your nerd knows how the magic works, he knows the magic is a long series of ones and zeros moving across your screen with impressive speed, and he knows how to make those bits move faster.

There’s more great stuff. I promise. Read it all and let me know what you think in the comments.



End of Sony Ban

Two years ago, I banned new Sony devices from my life. As of now, the ban is over.

It’s been an interesting two years. Justifying the ban to myself wasn’t hard, however when people would ask my opinion on a device I would have to explain to them why I was not recommending any Sony products. I’m not Consumer Reports, but I’m also not oblivious to the fact that many people look to me for guidance when making technology purchases.

I was hoping that the last two years would be a time for Sony to make amends with the people of Earth and promote healing.

I am sad to report that this has not happened. Just over one year ago today, Sony released the Playstation 3 with their new Blu-ray format. There was hope that it would be Sony’s saving grace and everyone knew what the stakes were. Sony is now number three in the console wars with Nintendo’s Wii and Microsoft’s XBox 360 duking it out for first. Many things led to the P3’s failure and I believe that Blu-ray and high prices were part of that formula for disaster.

Sony now has the option of having my business, but I doubt I will be buying anything from them soon.