July 20, 2004

Geeks Are We

Posted in General at 7:22 pm by Ian

People at work refer to people by their login names. Not just in email or informally, but when speaking, too. It took me finally getting an email message from “gevers” to realize that it was “Greg Evers” who people were talking about at the barbecue (name changed to protect gevers). I’m glad that I chose “ian.”

Also, I reproduce, in it’s entirety, an email message sent to the politics discussion list at work
True, But …

#include <standard rant about campaign finance reform>

This was in response to a similarly worded message.



  1. Adam said,

    Nice! That username thing is a bit weird… but the discussion thing is amazing. Reminds me of those think geek beer glasses #include <beer.h>.

  2. Ian said,

    Oooh! I want some.

  3. Sarra said,

    I love the people at your work already, and I haven’t even met them.

    But then, they hired you, so they had to be cool, right? Unless they were just trying to raise their cool quotient, of course. šŸ˜‰

  4. Chris said,

    Yeah, people at my work often times refer to one another by their login names. It’s actually kind of assumed here, because one of the employees has a login name that isn’t a combination of his name or initials, and everyone who just started working here and doesn’t know him thinks it’s his last name. With combinations of initials and abbreviations, you get some interesting pronunciations. That reminds me of the first time I heard ‘TCL’ pronounced as ‘tickle’. However, that’s not nearly as far-fetched as our accounting tool called CPSOS ( pronounced ‘seepy-sauce’). I’d rather say C-P-S-O-S, thank you very much.

  5. Jonah said,

    Yeah I know what you mean with the email alias thing. It’s especially bizarre here at Microsoft because everyone refers to the big boss as simply “BillG”.

  6. Ethan said,

    wow. the #include bit is amazing. It’s horrible how funny jargon can be, especially if it’s completely geeky jargon.

    Also, think of if you had just gone with the first-initial-last-name login — you could be iFerrel, like some kind of software package. Not dehumanizing at all.

  7. Matt said,

    Sounds to me like the iFerrel would instead be the new latin dancer from Apple. Dressed in white spandex, the iFerrel currently only dances on the floors of clubs run by a small group of enthusiasts, but they are working on porting it to dance on more mainstream floors, Arthur Murray, et al.

  8. Chris said,

    That reminds me of the Apple Store page for lost passwords, titled ‘iForgot’.

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