Geeks and labels

There’s been an explosion of debate on the internet recently about “geek girls”, especially with convention season being in full swing. Before we start, I’d like to offer a few definitions, courtesy of Merriam-Webster:

Geek – noun
1: a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake
2: a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked
3: an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity <computer geek>

Nerd – noun: an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially : one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits

Enthusiast – noun: a person filled with enthusiasm: as
     a : one who is ardently attached to a cause, object, or
     pursuit <a sports car enthusiast>
     b : one who tends to become ardently absorbed in an
     interest

 
For the purposes of this post, let’s use the 3rd definition of geek – an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity. The enthusiasm attributed to being a geek can apply to any field – comic books, Star Wars, math, football, baseball, art, cars…the list can go on forever.  So a geek is someone who is ardently attached to a cause, object or pursuit, and who is an expert in that cause, object or pursuit. 

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Android to iPhone 4S comparison

When Jen decided to purchase a smartphone, she did all the research. Jen is a Verizon customer, so the options were a Blackberry or an Android device. After all the research, she went with a HTC Droid Eris. Two years later, it was time for an upgrade. She knew she didn’t want another HTC, so she started researching again. And narrowed the choices to a Blackberry and an iPhone . She went with the iPhone.  Here’s her review:

I have to say, I’m very pleased with my purchase. Here are the differences I’ve discovered so far between the two platforms:

  • Lack of widgets. I loved my calendar and email widgets. Not a deal-breaker, but it was nice.
  • Touchscreen keyboard. The keys are spaced slightly apart on the iPhone. It’s made using the text-based features much easier to use
  • App availability and function. The iPhone apps seem to be more robust and better built than their Android counterparts.
  • Security. My company uses extra security for email. On the Android device, I had to download a third party app to be able to access company email. The iPhone has the extra layer of security built in.
  • Usability and customization. It takes some getting used to, but I think the iPhone is easier to use. I wish I could customize the iPhone home screen a little more, but that’s mostly my not wanting everything in neat and tidy rows. I am a fan of being able to put icons into folders.
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