Savvy, not fanatical: introducing the reasonable computer nerd

29Nov07

It’s difficult to become knowledgeable about computing without becoming a fanatic. I feel like I’ve achieved this balance, though it hasn’t been easy. So allow me to introduce myself, I am the reasonable computer nerd.

  • I’m savvy enough to care about open source software, but not fanatical enough to use it exclusively, especially when commercial software is better
  • I’m savvy enough to have a favorite text editor, but not fanatical enough for that editor to be Emacs
  • I’m savvy enough to have bought a Mac, but not fanatical enough to have bought another one when the first one broke
  • I’m savvy enough to use Linux, but not fanatical enough to abandon the convenience of commercial operating systems
  • I’m savvy enough to write code, but not fanatical enough to decry WYSIWYG editors

In other words, computing, like life, should be based in part on philosophy and in part on pragmatic considerations.

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