If you're reading this website, you're very probably some sort of geek. Which is totally not a bad thing! The question is, of course, what kind of geek are you? A gadget geek? An Internet geek? Perhaps an Apple Fanboy Geek? Check out this infographic to find out.
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We spent some time last night figuring out when you should go ahead and friend your parents on Facebook, but did you? And what about your brother, your sister, your aunt, your in-laws... where do you draw the line?
I wasn't interested in watching a movie about Facebook. You probably weren't either. But the reviews are trickling in for The Social Network and everyone is just glowing about the movie.
We were talking today in Campfire—Giz's virtual office—about Apple's newly uncovered patent on a system that warns you about bad quality or dropping cellular or Wi-Fi connections "ahead of time." Jason thought it could be useful to know that, so you could just avoid making the call. I thought that it wouldn't be useful at all, because if I needed to call, I would call anyway—and if the connection dropped, I would call again. Are we missing something? Do you really want to know the quality of a call beforehand, especially if you are travelling, and said quality is constantly changing as you move? And don't mobile phones already warn you about dropping calls?
Video glasses. They should have taken over by now. The technology is good enough and cheap enough for the entire tech-buying world to be watching movies on simulated 40-inch screens (rather than squinting at their phone's pitiful 2.4-inch display, pretending we can really see the movie). But we're not. For well over a decade, Man has outright refused to sport a pair of video glasses, as if He feels a revulsion for oversized electronic eyewear from deep within His DNA. But could times change?
Our memories have grown fuzzy. We can't remember exactly what watching TV was like 10 years ago, but we're pretty sure that it involved a 16mm projector, slide rule and a horse that walked in circles around the room (oddly enough, the horse wasn't actually connected to anything). Now we have a slew of new viewing technologies options, like streaming media, DVRs and high definition broadcast. And today, we're forcing you to make the Sophie's Choice of the entertainment centre:
According to a survey by IDC and Nortel, for over a third of people, their mobile phone is the most important thing in their pocket—they'd even leave their wallet and keys at home if they could only take one thing with them for 24 hours. If I had to leave the house for a day and could only bring a single "thing" with me, it'd probably be my iPod nano (even over my wallet)—I don't need to talk to other people, I need to ignore them. But you might be less of a misanthrope than I am—so what's the most important gadget you carry, the one chunk of shiny plastic and metal you can't separate yourself from, even for a single day?