That geek mystique: “Jepson said he first noticed the term geek gaining positive connotations in 1993, with the introduction of the “geek code”, a method used to compress data to speed up e-mail when modems were painfully slow.”
You’ve got the be fscking kidding me. A free copy of one of my books to the first person who posts a comment reconstructing what I originally said.
Update: Christopher got it right (get in touch with me about the free book; it’s bjepson at jepstone dot net).
I mentioned the geek code, and then made the mistake of going into an aside about why it was once important to keep your .sig around 4-5 lines (well, I think it’s still important, but many folks don’t). It’s really my own fault–I’ve been told that when you talk to the press, you shouldn’t meander like that–say what you need to say, and repeat it a few times.
These folks are working under really insane deadlines, and one or more people will get their hands on what they wrote and mess with it before it’s printed. Still, I really like the end result–it’s really a thing of beauty.
Update: I got got a nice call from the author, who wanted to correct the piece. He’s going to go with something along the lines of “a code to represent a geek’s skills and interests.”