Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Do not be a Nerd!

Recently I was talking to some investors about a new project where systems administrators would be their own sales force for IT services. The investors told me that it would never work, because “computer people are nerds” and do not have the social skills to be salespeople.

I was a little shocked at this, because I had just returned from a great event called “Campus Party”, where 6800 young people came together to interact with each other and show each other what they were working on. While it is true that many of them would “tweet” to the person sitting next to them, they also talked, hugged, laughed and shared food and drink together.

I believe the stereotype of the typical computer “nerd” came from years ago: white shirts, black horned-rim glasses and the pocket protector is the image that most people have. The person who never made friends, never had social skills and therefore found solace in the “friendship” of a machine. Unfortunately, like most stereotypes, even this person was the rarity….but in the population of thousands (or today millions) you are bound to find enough of that type of person to perpetuate the stereotype.

I do, at this point, wish to differentiate the term “nerd” from “geek”.

rest here

More in Tux Machines

First Ubuntu Touch Images Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) Are Now Live

Just a few moments ago, we were notified by Łukasz Zemczak from Canonical about the latest work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers for the upcoming OTA-9 software update for Ubuntu Phones. Read more

5 open-source alternatives to Slack

Here are five full-featured Slack alternatives — tools that go beyond IRC, in other words — that are open-source software, which means you can download it and run it on whatever server you want. That implies that you’re in charge of security, for better or worse, instead of, say, Slack. Read more

FFmpeg 2.8.3 "Feynman" Released, It's Now the Latest Stable FFmpeg Version

Earlier today, November 27, FFmpeg, the leading multimedia framework for Linux kernel-based operating systems has received a new maintenance release, version 2.8.3, which updates many of the project's core components. Read more

Tumbleweed changes fonts, Leap gets several updates

Tumbleweed had one snapshot so far this week that brought more appeal to users of openSUSE. Snapshot 20151123 changed fonts for openSUSE. The terminal font changed to Adobe Code Pro and Roboto was also added as the default font. Read more