SingleHop, a hosting company, is doing a big series around Geekness Day, which I guess is a thing. They asked me to answer some questions and it seemed fun. They’ll be posting more stuff around this on their blog.
What makes you a geek?
I still don’t love the word geek, but I understand I’m considered geeky because of my enthusiasm for Linux. I’m probably also considered geeky for my sometimes-obsessive love of guitars and rock music. I really wish we could substitute geek for passionate or super fan, though. I think it’s ultimately more accurate.
What is your proudest geek moment?
Definitely moving to Linux full-time after I finished graduate school. I was running a dual-boot system because I needed SAS and Statistica for coursework and my thesis (I didn’t know about R back then). As soon as that was done, I paved right over XP and never looked back.
What is your geek motto/favorite geek quote?
I’ve always thought the Unix Philosophy can apply to just about everything: “Do one thing well.”
Who is your geek role model?
This is going to sound like a cop out, but I really admire the Linux community as a whole. I look up to all of the people who contribute their time to make Linux better, either with code, or by answering questions, or by turning other people onto it. I’m constantly amazed and awed by the generosity within the Linux community.