Being a geek



Who's this geek chap that you speak of and why are you so proud to be one?


Being a geek is all about curiosity. The need to find out how things work, how they break and how they get fixed. It’s about being an explorer in your field. It’s about not being content with the limits set for you. It’s about defining your own limits, and if that doesn’t work, redefine the rules. It’s about an intuition that says that you can do it even when others think it’s not possible.

What’s the difference between geeks and everyone else and why are so many of them playing with this FOSS thing?

This is not a Howto. It’s just the way it is.

Speaking experience


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    Philip Tellis



    Philip Tellis is a geek who likes to make the computer do his work for him. As part of his job with the Performance and Security teams at Yahoo! he analyses the impact of various design decisions on web application performance and security. He also maintains the javascript implementation of strftime used in YUI and plays around with security, accessibility and i18n. He is the maintainer of several opensource projects including ayttm and libyahoo2, and most recently, boomerang — a real user web performance measurement tool.

    In his spare time, Philip enjoys cycling, reading, cooking and learning spoken languages.

    Philip has spoken at several conferences in the past, including FOSS.IN, FREED.IN, Ubuntulive, Linux Symposium, PHP Quebec, Opensource Bridge, WebDU, FOSDEM, IPC and ConFoo.