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    Everyone needs a geek at home

    According to the BBC:

    BBC NEWS | Technology | Digital plumbers enter the home

    Perhaps we could set up a HomeGeek agency and rent you all out ?

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    Mind you, this quote from the founder of Geek Squad make me think I wouldn't like to work for him.

    He admits that he was not a geek in high school but rather a rocker, sneaking off mid-week to punk rock concerts in Chicago. "I took some computer classes but I'm like the ringleader you know. I'm smart enough to see an opportunity.

    "I look at geeks as a race of creatures and my goal is to kind of colonise them, and tap their power for the public good, promise to look after them, and take care of them, and not exploit them too much," he laughs.

    "So I'm a geek, but I'm not for real."

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    Pfft, he's a wannabe.

    I'm available weeknights except Thursdays.

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    Yeah ... that is really going to inspire people to work for you.

    I've always thought of the word 'Geek' in two ways ... it'll either be used as an insult (usually by people that are unlikely to ever gain some semblance of Clue!) or as a mark of respect by peers ... the same way that you are not a hacker until a hacker calls you one ... it is earned through knowledge and application rather than wearing shorts, sandals and a suitably witty t-shirt (eg "There are 10 types of people who understand binary - those that do and those that don't").

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    Ah, bless. Jems family and mine are fortunate then..they have me (hardware/software), Jem(Hardware/web), Jems brother(Hardware/software), and my brother (software).

    I enjoy house calls though..the old "can I have a drink of water, please?" to get the person out of sight before you deal out the thwack to release the jammed button" routine is good.."what was wrong then?"...

    "Oh, it was a hardware problem..easy to fix when you know how.."

    "Oh good..I'd feel ever so silly if it was something daft.."

    So many times I've gone in, seen a schoolboy mistake that takes 20 seconds to fix and then twiddled around with nothing at all to make it look like it wasn't an ID10T fault..

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    Becareful Sirbendy. You'll soon end up on one of those TV programmes where they fake the work and put hidden cameras in the house to catch cowboys.

    "Yes well this job should be a 2 second job. The geek should have noticed that the backspace has been glued down. But instead he's opening up the case and fiddling with the heatsink!" :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by richard.thomas View Post
    Becareful Sirbendy. You'll soon end up on one of those TV programmes where they fake the work and put hidden cameras in the house to catch cowboys.

    "Yes well this job should be a 2 second job. The geek should have noticed that the backspace has been glued down. But instead he's opening up the case and fiddling with the heatsink!" :P
    Oh, I know...I do refuse payment though, except for fuel costs. It's just not the "done" thing to go in, say "oh, it's that button stuck in...*thump*..there you go..feel small and daft for calling someone to it.."..much better to make them feel useful and hide what it is, instead of silly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    Yeah ... that is really going to inspire people to work for you.

    I've always thought of the word 'Geek' in two ways ... it'll either be used as an insult (usually by people that are unlikely to ever gain some semblance of Clue!) or as a mark of respect by peers ... the same way that you are not a hacker until a hacker calls you one ... it is earned through knowledge and application rather than wearing shorts, sandals and a suitably witty t-shirt (eg "There are 10 types of people who understand binary - those that do and those that don't").
    Exactly what I think..... so very very true

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Perhaps we could set up a HomeGeek agency and rent you all out ?
    Isn't that prostitution? :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    Yeah ... that is really going to inspire people to work for you.

    I've always thought of the word 'Geek' in two ways ... it'll either be used as an insult (usually by people that are unlikely to ever gain some semblance of Clue!) or as a mark of respect by peers ... the same way that you are not a hacker until a hacker calls you one ... it is earned through knowledge and application rather than wearing shorts, sandals and a suitably witty t-shirt (eg "There are 10 types of people who understand binary - those that do and those that don't").
    After learning some binary I actually get that joke now as in binary 10 represents 2!

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    Isn't that prostitution? :P
    I accept payment in many forms. Just don't leave visible marks, that's the only condition..

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    "Before you pick up the phone and pay for help, we would recommend customers try friends and family that have a patient disposition and are technically minded," he said.
    NOooooooooooo! I have enough calls from friends and family as it is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe90bass View Post
    NOooooooooooo! I have enough calls from friends and family as it is!
    Best hope they dont read the BBC website then

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Mind you, this quote from the founder of Geek Squad make me think I wouldn't like to work for him.
    Try these guys.

    Nerds On Site


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    Nice idea but HATE the site with things whipping about in all directions: reminds me of the days when teachers learned PowerPoint and used every animation they could on the one presentation!!



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