The Geek Commandments


I absolutely love StumbleUpon. It’s one of the most fascinating browsing tools you can have. The things I find using the random Stumble! button are really awesome, especially since I can choose my preferences (i.e. I can select what sorts of things I Stumble! for).
Well, here is something rather funny and worthy of a little commentary:
The Geek Commandments (Computer Geeks especially)
I agree with almost all of these except for a few, but here is my one-by-one discussion of the options.

  1. Goodness, this definitely should be the first one. Always backup your files. Especially important stuff like writing! (Realizes he hasn’t backed up his writing folder in a while…)
  2. Duh! Do people still do this? I’d also recommend not making your password your birthday, your child’s birthday, or anything that someone might look up and try to use for your password. It’s good to have passwords that aren’t directly related to yourself, because if you piss off a friend, they’ll know what it is.
  3. Well, see, I don’t know if I agree with this one. Yes, on principle this is good advice, but at the same time you have to download the new version, because somebody has to catch the bugs, right? I agree though, avoid it, but don’t tell people to avoid it, like I’m doing now, because you want some idiot like me to download the new version so when you download it down the line it’ll be fixed up.
  4. Duh. Same goes for anti-virus (even if you’re on a Mac, because what’s going to happen to your lovely little piece of crap Mac when some loser with Mountain Dew and potato chips coursing through his veins decides to create a super virus that melts your hard drive? Yeah, exactly.)
  5. Well, I guess one shouldn’t steal the neighbor’s bandwidth. Honestly, unless the neighbor is really anal and spends his or her day calculating the fluctuations in his/her bandwidth you probably won’t get caught unless you’re doing something that really slows down the net.
  6. Agreed. I don’t have an iPod. I have something better, so ha! (Well, I think it’s better.)
  7. Duh. I delete such things quick.
  8. No. Sorry. I don’t agree. Slacking is bad. I know, I’ve been doing it lately and it’s not helping with the writing.
  9. Umm, excuse me? You know what comes to mind when I play Day of Defeat and play the sniper and completely own everyone from a distance? “Mwahahahahahahaha”. That’s right, I do an evil laugh, because it’s funny.
  10. Sorry, it’s always the computer’s fault. Never the user.

Yup, that’s what I have to say about all that. Cool list though

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

4 thoughts on “The Geek Commandments

  1. I disabled my StumbleUpon; it was too addicting.

    I used to spend hours staring senselessly at the screen, clicking that little SU button over and over and over again. Whenever I opened my browser, I would open an extra tab for stumbling without even realizing it.

    The week after I disabled SU, I continued to open new tabs and click on the spot where the button had once been. But without results, the habit was easy to break.

    Sure, I lack interesting and random stuff in my life now, but at least I’m not launching hamsters into outer space.

    I don’t know how one manages to write and Stumble, but I suppose I can congratulate you for having the self-discipline that I so clearly lack.

    The only Commandments I like are II, VI, and VIII. The rest are not even remotely funny. xP Then again, it’s probably because I’m not a geek.

  2. Shauny, you do realise you’re not a computer geek, don’t you?

    And also this is more like the 10 basic commandments for new computer users. Geeks have more advanced ones. :p

    Oh, and it’s just you who thinks it’s the computer’s fault. Face it, you’re technologically stupid. At least you have me. :p

  3. Classic commandments & I had seen them before 🙂

    Say if you really want to get into the “geek” affect – figure out your own code from this link Geek Code … if you are really into computers – you’ve heard of it.

    Best of luck & love all the posts lately.

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