How knowledgable are you with computers?


How knowledgable are you with computers?

  1. Guru

    3 vote(s)
  2. Expert

    11 vote(s)
  3. Power User

    20 vote(s)
  4. Experienced User

    10 vote(s)
  5. Beginner

    1 vote(s)
  6. Dumb ***

    2 vote(s)
By Nic ยท 90 replies
May 25, 2003
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  1. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    That wasn't even a good attempt at pretending to be a guru.

    I would have attempted to back that claim up with some colorful evidence about something pretty mad, like a server farm or writing some device driver code or being a CCIE or something, that would have been at least a credable start.

    But "I fix computers like for my pals" is pretty off the mark. About as off the mark as you can get.
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    "Hey, I know how to connect a HDD up to some cables and select a setting in a BIOS that it autodetects - I must be a guru!"

    Please, go on. Amaze us all with the legendary tale of the time you fitted a DIMM module or reinstalled Windows XP.


    Anyway, enough said on the matter. No sense in me going all badass - maybe he missed my warnings.
  3. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Guru Posts: 516   +12

    LOL Phant, you sure know how to make people feel at home ;) . I am pretty comfortable as a power user, although I guess I could be a guru too, I have fixed and built a few computers ;) :) ! But as Phant quite rightly put it:

  4. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    LoL you guys are funny. That was a good read after a long day at work. Things like this just put you back in that relaxed mood. Thanks fellas.
  5. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    Heh, I don't actually do anything to fix them. I just touch them and they start working.
  6. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    I disagree that to be a guru you have to run a serverfarm/write device drivers/being CCIE...

    And I think it's possible to be a guru with computers, as long as it is within one field...

    Just because you don't know everything there is to know about computers...

    I know a couple of Cisco guru's, they know more or less everything cisco, but put them infront of a Novell network, and they'll have a hard time...

    If you can fix any problem with your friends computers, yes you are a guru to them...

    Where Phantasm is basing his definition on what the smartest man in greek said, I have a more pragmatic approach...

    There is nothing wrong with either definition of guru, as long as you explain the context in which it is used...

  7. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Of sort its impossible to know everything about computers - no one ever will.

    I just object to the use of the word guru in general.

    And you did contradict yourself a little, because someone who knows EVERYTHING cisco would be a CCIE.

    Certainly as far as some kid popping on here and telling me he thinks he is a guru because he can fix his mates PC is ridiculous.
  8. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    All I am saying is, if you want to call yourself a guru, then you better be ready to back that up with something pretty impressive.

    If you can do that, I will give you that title, but I warn you I don't impress easily.
  9. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    I can agree that coming onto this board and saying you're a computer guru without anything impressive to back it up isn't too good an idea, but if the person states that (s)he's a guru to his friends/company/whoever and goes on telling why, then I don't have a problem...
    Though I might refrain from calling him/her a guru myself..

    Quite correct :)
    But you still got my point, even if I did manage to contradict myself...

    hehe... See above...
    Anyways, lighten up Phantasm!
    Go out on the town and enjoy yourself!
    That nightclub we went to (with 2 floors of rock) had a lot of goodlooking girls... Maybe take a trip back there? :)
    (and thank you for showing me around... I had a great time!)

    EDIT: just fixed some formatting
  10. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I can make Pentium 4 based systems from Cereal boxes and sticky back plastic!!! :p
  11. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    LMAO :haha:
  12. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 536

    LOL !

    (i know it's a lame post, but I HAD to do that, bc it's always the kinda stuff you run into with Acid :D)

    hehhehehehehehe :evil:
  13. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 664

    I would consider myself an expert, as I have knowledge of Hardware, Software, Windows Internals (Registry, System Files etc.), Linux, 3D modelling and Mapping, medium skills in Programming (VB, Delphi, Java, C, C++ & Asm), medium Web design skills (HTML4, XHTML1, CSS, Javascript & DHTML). Not to mention my inevitable skill of fixing PCs :D

    As for someone mentioning Bill Gates as being a guru, somehow I think not, anyone with a bit of Cash can buy other software and remarket it, he probably doesn't know any more about how windows works than I do.
  14. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Guru Posts: 516   +12

    LOL Arris, that's great! Another wasted post, but this one really did make me fall off my chair :haha: !

    Th3M1ghtyD8, I think you are giving Billy a little less credit than he deserves, after all; he did design his first OS with a group with something like five members - read this somewhere, there is a possibility it is incorrect.
  15. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,549

    Arris: That was a good piece of research you posted, and boy was it funny. :D

    I guess you can call yourself anything you like when you're not around others that know you better, after all if you don't actually state what your definition of a *guru* is, who can argue. :blush:

    Edit: I just noticed that we now have *2* Gurus amoungst us. P66, where are you?
  16. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Guru Posts: 516   +12

    P66 voted Dumb *** nic! A little bit of an understatement IMO, but the statement he made was perfectly valid.

    I don't think we have any guru's here to be honest, that's taking the word by its real meaning, and not what your friends think of you. I mean really, if my friends thought of me as a guru, I would probably slap them for insulting the REAL guru's out there; however few there may be ;) .
  17. aoj145

    aoj145 TS Rookie Posts: 82

    Tarkus also has the new CPU Cooling System where the Water turns into Wine.

  18. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,549

    In that case, he is a 'God', and not a 'Guru', so maybe he should get his facts straight. ;)
  19. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621


    maybe I'd better put my <humor> </humor> tags if bold for some of you.


    sheesh! You guys take things way too seriously around here.


    Oh, and BTW Phant, I've been in the industry since you've been in diapers.

  20. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Since you are only a handful of years older than me, I doubt it.

    I DO know people who have been in the industry longer than I have been in diapers, and they wouldn't hang around in a site like this. They've got more important things to do like spend every last free minute of time with their families because they are working all of the time to learn their big $$$.

    I'm starting to think now that you only posted "guru" to incurr my wrath, perhaps as a means of amusing yourself.

    Please don't bother. I've already been as sarcastic and funny as I am likely to be, and anything else will probably be nasty cheap shots, probably more demeaning for myself than anything else as I beat you in a series of below-the-belt verbal punches. I am too stoned and tired for that. ;)
  21. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    OK, on reflection, I will accept a promotion to "Beginner" , if you will accept a demotion from "Guru" to the ever humble "Expert" ???

    Is it a deal?

  22. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 536

    All of you you creeping humans are really pathetic !!

    Why don't you believe in me any more ???

    :D :D :D
  23. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    All of you just need to calm down and recognize one thing. I am your master. Your just lucky I let you be and do what you want. Don't make me angry. You won't like me when I'm angry. So be good and hug each other :D

    lol :) j/k
  24. aoj145

    aoj145 TS Rookie Posts: 82

    We're not worthy! We're not worthy!
  25. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    hehehehe aoj145.. get off the floor man, these guys are dirty, they never clean the floors here.

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