There are geek codes and Hacker's tests, but this was just something I started thinking about, in part to see how different I was from more general measures of geekiness, and in part to help my friends tease me. Higher scores mean you are more like me; this isn't necessarily a good thing.
Created (and left incomplete for the moment) on: 12 July 1999
I'll not explain exactly what inspired this in the document, but the idea is to see how much of a computer geek someone is -- specifically how well they might grasp concepts that often come during computer conversations in Techhouse ... and more specifically how many geeky things Soren might be able to talk to them about.
This works both ways ... I get bored if people talk with me about computers all the time. Good if you know this stuff, more important for you to know other things ... but if you do know this stuff, you'll get lost less when people are stuck being geeky.
You get 1 point for having heard of something, 2 for knowing what it is, and 4 for knowing how to use it / do it yourself. Max points per item is 4 (ie. you get one of the three scores for each item except where other directions prevail).
(unix commands) vi: ed: pico: emacs: vim: (2 points for each of the above you got '4' on but have not used for editing in the last year): cc: at: swrite: elm: mail: figlet: zwrite: gimp: ps: (unix stuff) /proc: /dev: (network) packet sniffing: IP number: 1 point / port named (no looking it up): finger port : telnet : ssh : gopher : 2 points if you can emulate 'finger' w/telnet: 4 points if you can forge mail (at a basic level) w/telnet: (network acronyms -- 1 pt for words and use, additional pt for port if applicable) SMTP: NNTP: HTTP: FTP (tricky; 2pts, 1 pt if you know why tricky but don't have port knowledge): IP: TCP: ICMP: ARP (1 pt each for words and use): 2 pts for number of bits in an ethernet address: 4 pts if you know how many id the manufacturer: (subsystems / protocols -- 8 points if you have set it up; 8 pts max) zephyr: kerberos: ssh: (acronyms -- if unusable, 1 pt for name, 2 to explain, 3 pts possible each) FSF: GNU: PGP: RSA: TLA: RFC: ISO: (1 point for 'popular' Brown organization) (ASCII codes -- give the control-key or appropriate value) EOF (unix; 2 extra pts for what I think is EOF in DOS): XON: XOFF: (extra 2 pts if you've used XON and XOFF from the keyboard): EOL (3 pts if you get OS distinctions right): TAB:
: (2 pts for OS differences, a 3rd for the unix command to manipulate it) BELL: