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It's a great time to be a geek [Aug. 6th, 2005|11:45 am]
Lindsey Kuper

Choed and Wellons both invited me to join O'Reilly Connection earlier this week, and for some reason I thought "eh, lame". I'm glad I reconsidered and went to sign up yesterday, because I think it's the best social networking website I've seen -- not just the best for developers and engineers, but the best, period. I had seen Tony Stubblebine around Plans, but didn't know who he was. Now we're connected!

I was talking to my dad a couple of months back about my frustration with the widespread belief that geeks don't know how to be businesspeople. My dad said that that may have been true at one time, but with more and more technically-minded people succeeding in business over the last decade or so, it's become outdated. What's prompting that change?

I suggested to my dad that maybe certain aspects of hacker culture, like a dedication to honesty and a distaste for marketing-speak, are getting to be enough a part of the consumer mainstream that businesses run by geeks have a better understanding of what consumers now want. But, to be fair, I probably have a very skewed perception of "the consumer mainstream".* So what else could it be? Well, looking around O'Reilly Connection today reminded me of how so much of being good at business is based on social networking. Building relationships. Maybe that's it -- maybe we're better at building relationships now than we've ever been, and it's making us better at business. Again with the skewed perspective on my part, but I'm really wondering if there's some truth to this, and I'm curious to know what y'all think. If it's true, then now is a really great time to be a geek.

Anyway. Go sign up.

* I mean, y'know, when I look around Kafein or the Unicorn Cafe or my friends page, it sure doesn't seem like Apple only has a 2.5% market share. Does it to you?

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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2005-08-07 12:38 am (UTC)

Regarding Apple's market share

If I go to my stats for mix4pix.com, as far as operating systems for hits on my site, it's more Mac than Windows, Linux and anything else combined. But I think that's because the people likely to visit my résumé site are people in audio or video production, and that's overwhelmingly Mac.
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[User Picture]From: necromagus
2005-08-07 07:11 pm (UTC)

Apple market share

Actually I was reading an article a while ago about how they had to go into a large number of major businesses to install something (I don't remember that part). Anyway it was the first time they started to get a really accurate count of how many computers there were of what type and it came out to about 15% Mac. The problem with most statics you see on this is it's is done as Sales. We all know that a Mac is good for about 3-4 years, while a PC is only good for about 18 months at a stretch, so you sell 2-3 PCs per user for every mac users, vastly skewing the stats.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-08-10 05:42 am (UTC)

Re: Apple market share

You may have something there. But then we have guys like meterbridge skewing the stats on the Mac side by owning, like, four of 'em at any given time.
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From: mrr
2005-08-10 03:29 am (UTC)

INVITE

Where is my invite, dammit?!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-08-10 05:38 am (UTC)

Re: INVITE

Hey, you forgot the "WOMAN!" part.

(Invite? You don't need no stinkin' invite. But I'll send you one. I guess. ;) )
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From: mrr
2005-08-10 02:45 pm (UTC)

Re: INVITE

yeah, who said you can come out of the kitchen anyways, woman?!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-08-10 11:26 pm (UTC)

Re: INVITE

"Remember: it's not rape, it's unexpected sex!"

*blink*

Hey, wait a second...
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