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We are geeks. You are geeks. Hell, everybody could be considered a geek 10 Websites Geeks Of All Stripes Should Bookmark 10 Websites Geeks Of All Stripes Should Bookmark We geeks know what we are and revel in our existence as our place in society grows ever stronger. We are geeks, we are proud, and we're not going anywhere. As the Internet becomes a... Read More these days, of some sort of another. Which means the word is kinda meaningless.

After all, “geek” was originally a slang term referring to people on the sidelines of society, and not the mainstream population.

However, despite the fact we’re all geeks 5 Reasons It's Better To Date A Geek [Opinion] 5 Reasons It's Better To Date A Geek [Opinion] Let's face it - geeks make for a better relationship than any of those alpha-male types. Exactly why is that though? Are you prepared to shun good looks for reliability and utility? What can you... Read More , there are clearly different levels of geekiness. And we’re keen to hear all about your journeys into the geekiest of geeky territories. You geeks!

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We want to know, What Is The Geekiest Thing You Have Ever Done? Anything goes with this one. If it’s something geeky which you have personally done then it counts. You probably already have something in mind for this one, but for those people who are struggling, we’ll cite some examples of exceedingly geeky undertakings to try and jog your memories.

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If you were Mark Zuckerberg you could choose to list creating Facebook in your dorm room at Harvard University as the geekiest thing you have ever done. Or… no, wait, that is definitely the geekiest thing that guy has ever done. And possibly the geekiest thing anyone has ever done in the history of the world.

Assuming you aren’t either Mark Zuckerberg or I, then you’ll have your own geeky story to tell, and we request you tell us rather than anyone else. Let’s face it, your significant other would only listen out of politeness, and any family members you corner at a party will likely stare at you blankly before wandering off for more alcohol. You know it’s true.

So, tell us fellow geeks. We’ll listen intently, and your geeky tale of derring-do could form part of a future MakeUseOf article in a similar vein to this one Nerd Nostalgia: MakeUseOf Remembers Geeky Gifts From The Past Nerd Nostalgia: MakeUseOf Remembers Geeky Gifts From The Past While looking forwards is ultimately positive, occasionally looking back can also be a good thing. Nostalgic nerdgasms now! Read More .

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  1. Dan
    December 29, 2014 at 2:36 am

    I built a working telegraph machine for a science project in the 3rd grade (1973) that spanned 2 rooms the school kept it for years, built my own model rockets from tin foil paper towels and homemade black powder a little later on built a model missile silo for a project for JROTC in the 12th grade that had doors that would open remotely and fired model rockets, school kept that one too.

  2. Von Adam Martinez
    December 19, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    I changed the SSID of my ucnle's, cousin's and our own WiFi connection. I felt like I was like an alien to their eyes while I was looking for the default gateway in the ipconfig function in the cmd

  3. Von Adam Martinez
    December 19, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    I changed the SSID of my ucnle's, cousin's and our own WiFi connection. I felt like I was like an alien to their eyes while I was looking for the default gateway in the ipconfig function in the cmd

  4. Tarn Alcock
    December 19, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Probably creating a serial controller for winamp so that I could adjust the volume and skip tracks from the top bunk of my bed, or re-purposing all that serial goodness to turn an old palm pilot into a console display for my Linux server.

  5. Guy
    December 16, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Oh boy! Some of these things are off the charts for geek-cred and props to you all. One of my early claims-to-fame in my web dev career was being one of the first, if not the first, to code an entire content management system in ColdFusion with an MS Access backend. Of course, using MS Access meant it was doomed as anything commercially viable, but it did what I needed. I didn't even realize the scope of what I did when I did it.

    Another thing I recall is telling one of my co-workers at a new job that the wild turkey is my favourite bird. Who has a favourite wild bird? Wildlife geeks, that's who.

    Also, I occasionally snort when I laugh, and it seems to be only when the joke is about something geeky.

    I've also dreamt solving coding problems to real coding problems I've had, woken up, remembered it, tried it, and it worked.

    Those aren't that geeky, but for me they are.

  6. Cliff Peterson
    December 16, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Helping my wife make dinner, I handed her some trimmings from the meat I was preparing and said "Please delete these" (interpretation: put them in the trash) and couldn't understand why she was staring at me with this "I wonder if this is part of that 'in sickness and in health' deal" look. O_o

  7. darsh
    December 15, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I made a printer !! Out of Lego's !
    ( Lego mind storms)

  8. robh
    December 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I discovered that the "dumb terminals" we used (30+ years ago) to program the mainframe had about 40 bytes of unused RAM. I wrote a machine code program and poked the hex codes into those 40 bytes to keep the polling light blinking even when the mainframe was down. The result was to annoy any other programmer who would think the terminal was live but whatever he did it wouldn't respond.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      That is... annoying! But also extremely geeky. Thanks for commenting :)

  9. Maarten De Winter
    December 13, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I made my own rocket with soms KNO3, sugar and kitty litter. Video, You can check it here:

    • Dave Parrack
      December 15, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      The video could have lasted a little longer! That was a very geeky undertaking though, so thanks for telling us about it.

  10. Doc
    December 13, 2014 at 2:23 am

    Loaded Mac OS in VirtualBox to run *one* program that wasn't available for Windows (sound doesn't work, but that's not necessary for what I need).

    • Dave Parrack
      December 15, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Did everything go according to plan?

  11. tetrisdroid
    December 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Kept my Tamagotchi alive for 98 days when they were first released. I was 14 and it was in the local paper.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 15, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Wow, I don't think I ever managed to keep one alive for even a week, let alone 14 weeks.

  12. Doctor Scientist
    December 12, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    It's a toss up between setting up 4 projectors and 4 Xbox 360's to play Halo 3 with 16 people in a giant living room with 4 couches back to back in the middle of the room so each "team" had their back to the other teams projectors/wall. Also 8 player Co-op through the campaign on 4 projectors split screen was just stupid fun.

    Although a very close second was spending two years off and on building a 3D printer based off the Reprap Prusa design. The geeky part was I wasn't even all the excited about all the stuff I could print out, instead I was more excited to see the coding that made it work and understanding all the mechanical aspects of it inside and out. Currently trying to model a pair of small Daft Punk helmets I can wire up with LED's and turn into book ends... although they are almost big enough to fit on my girlfriends cats heads... Daft Kittahs!

    • Dave Parrack
      December 15, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      They're both extremely geeky activities. I would love to have been involved with the gaming, but I'd love seeing your girlfriend's cats wearing those helmets even more.

  13. Jim Horn
    December 12, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    In December 1976 I was sent to Hawaii by the US Air Force to test some of their satellite support systems on Oahu. But a satellite emergency tied up the systems so for 1 1/2 of the two weeks we couldn't do the tests so had to find other things to do. So what did this 23 year old bachelor do? Analyzed the operation of his then-new HP-67 calculator to derive its division algorithm and how to use it to do programmable timing, pauses and display formatting without stopping a running program. Hey, as a geek, hacking hardware and software outclassed shapely wahinis...

    • Dave Parrack
      December 15, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Yeah, you're definitely a geek, and a big one at that. I consider myself a geek too, but I personally would have chosen the wahinis!

  14. robh
    December 12, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Creating my own voice file for my TomTom (in-car SatNav) . Sheldon on TV's Big Bang Theory did the same but I did it before him!

    • Dave Parrack
      December 15, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      You beat Sheldon to doing something geeky? Yeah, that definitely counts :)

  15. stacey dempsey
    December 12, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    IN the 80'2 I went to a Star Trek Convention

    • Dave Parrack
      December 15, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Did you meet anyone famous? And/or go in costume?

  16. Andrew Baughman
    December 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Talked in binary.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 15, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      I'm guessing you didn't do this at a party?!

  17. Flubber
    December 12, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I guess putting Tiberius as our beloved James T. Kirk as second name for my kids was the geekiest thing my wife and i did.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 15, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      That is very geeky. You're wife must either also be a geek or be very understanding of your Star Trek obsession. I can safely say my GF will not let me use Gandalf as the second name of any future child we may or may not have.

  18. PlaGeRaN
    December 12, 2014 at 10:58 am

    typed linux commands: ls etc in a windows command prompt.
    don't ask why but I still do it every random tiring occasion.

  19. KT
    December 12, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I played in a very heavy metal band for years (geeky enough, but there's more!) We would take the stage to Weird Al's: The Alternative Polka, then when the music stopped, we'd promptly rip into a heavy thrash song.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 15, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      That's only mildly geeky, but it's also awesome. I would have watched you play.

  20. Amar
    December 12, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Read the Make Use of Web site

    • Dave Parrack
      December 15, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Good one! Keep doing that.

  21. Sharky
    December 12, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Back in 1978, I used to fashion LEDs to the tips of my Star Wars action figure blasters (the LED leads held the lamp perfectly in place on the tip with no gluing necessary). I ran stator wire retrieved from a broken Hot Wheels Sizzler motor (the source of many cool projects back in the day) up the arm and around to a button cell on their backs with a switch that was merely a piece of tape holding the positive wire. The tip illuminating when 'fired' made the action so much cooler. Many geeky things since then, but in retrospect- for being 10yrs old in the 1970's- that was pretty geeky.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      Holy cow, that is an extremely geeky thing for a 10-year-old to even consider doing. Did you go onto use these skills in your career?

  22. likefunbutnot
    December 12, 2014 at 6:24 am

    I had the first web site devoted to Taco Bell on the internet, starting in late 1994. I had a late-night shift at a university computer lab that was across the street from a Taco Bell. I started collecting stories from the 1AM crew, scanning ephemera and dissecting its TV commercials. People started writing me their Taco Bell anecdotes and even fiction, and I'd put it online. I was C&D'd by Taco Bell's corporate ownership in maybe 1996, but as I recall it was another couple years before Taco Bell had a web site of its own.

    I've contributed code to a few open source projects over the years; I was an early tester for Linux SMP support. Not very many people had multiprocessor 486 computers. I still do hobby programming for my own amusement, but I hate doing it professionally.

    I've also ascended with the amulet of Yendor using a wishless Tourist and if that sentence makes sense to you you, you'll understand why that's geekier than 20 year old Linux bugfixes.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 15, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      I'll be honest and admit I have no idea what the final paragraph means. The website thing is cool though. I'm guessing you didn't own and make a load of money selling the domain to the company?

  23. Saikat Basu
    December 12, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Built a small electronic piano with shaving blades as keys. Had some help, but I don't think I can surpass that.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 15, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      That is frighteningly geeky. Wasn't it also kinda dangerous as well though?

    December 12, 2014 at 3:11 am

    I built my own computer from a kit when I was in high school, sometime between 1978 and 1980. It was either from the local Heathkit store or the Sony Electronics store. Lots of fun.
    Soldering resistors, capacitors, and chips onto the pcb.

    Hey, it worked! Yay!

    • Dave Parrack
      December 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      This embarrasses me as I hardly even used a computer at school though the 1980s, let alone built one for myself. Much kudos to you.

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