Geek World

 

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If you’re interested in learning some new technological tricks, I’d like to introduce you to Geek World. It’s a place where computer scientists are rock stars. People who live there know stuff about computers, software, and hardware. Many speak several programming languages fluently. They love to learn about new technologies.

Back in the day, Geek World was an idea I had for a book series, but it seems I have a few other projects to take care of first. However, I’d be happy to open a small place here in Cortex City for aspiring geeks to learn some new tricks.

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What I have in mind as a starting point is to use a few of my own projects and package them in a training format anyone can follow. You don’t have to be a full-blown geek to join. We’ll start with some very basic stuff, that you’ll be able to use in social contexts to quickly be labelled a nerd or a geek. Both solid compliments.

Here’s what we’ll work with in the first course:

  • Raspberry Pi, amazingly versatile single board computer.
  • LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP), the world’s most widely used technology stack for web hosting and development.
  • WordPress, the world’s most popular web content management system.
  • A few different Linux-based operating systems.
  • Lots of other cool software.

 

The projects are easy and fun — at least in my opinion:

  • Play computer games from  home computers we used as kids, or if you’re annoyingly young, that your parents used to play. We’ll use the Raspberry Pi to emulate some legendary systems, and play some legendary games. Atari, Amiga, or C64? Hm. Probably all of them. But not the ZX Spectrum…
    dragons-lair
  • Build a media center for your home. Stream music and video all day long, again using that little monster of a computer.
  • Create your own web site in your home. Become the family’s web master. Yep, on the Raspberry.

You don’t have to be rich to join. The training material is of course free, like most things in Cortex City. There’s some hardware that you’ll need to buy, but it’s inexpensive. I’ll provide detailed guides on what you need to get, or if you’re too lazy to follow the instructions, you can get a complete kit from the Geek World shop.

There are of course a number of good reasons why you just can’t accept this learning challenge right now:

  • You’re not a technical person.
  • It’s summer, and you want to get a tan rather than learn something new.
  • You don’t have time.
  • There are so many other projects you need to work on.
  • You don’t want people to think you’re a nerd or a geek. (Hey! Nerds and geeks are the most likely candidates to change the world.)

I understand if the above stands in your way. I really do. But if you think this idea sounds like fun, you’ll probably want do it anyway.

Let me know if you’re interested by posting a comment or sending me an email. If we get critical mass, we’ll get going. If not, I’ll have some more time for other projects. 🙂

Thank you for reading,
Bjorn “The Mayor” Karlsson

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2 comments on “Geek World
  1. Stefan Stefan says:

    I’m really interested!!! But I went down a different path…
    Don’t like operating systems that ends with an ‘x’ so I first got myself an Arduino since Raspberry Pi required Linux (and the card were kind of hard to get hold of at the beginning).
    But now Microsoft supports Raspberry Pi (the new version of Raspberry Pi) with its upcoming Windows 10!
    Ok, you won’t be able to run the full Windows 10 on it – it’s a special version but it will support C#, .Net… (link)

    I will follow your projects with the greatest interest and perhaps in the future chip in some of my own…

    • Bjorn Bjorn says:

      Stefan, glad to have you join these crazy experiments. I wonder how we shall work on your aversion to X? Additionally, Windows 10 with Roman numerals is actually Windows X. Coincidence? I think not.

      Looking forward to hear more about your project ideas!

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