The Corpus Callosum

Late to the Party, Again

But this time, being late is further proof of my point.  (It
would have proved it more convincingly if I never went to a party.)

I am nerdier than 98% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

Additional evidence: in eighth grade, I got a book from the library to
learn to use a slide rule.  When I was 17, I learned computer
programing.  I use Linux.  I have two LCD monitors
connected to the computer I am using now, which I built a few years

One of the questions on the nerd test asked if I own a laptop.
 But how many of you have ever opened your laptop to upgrade
the hard drive?  OK, but how many of you upgraded twice?


  1. #1 SMC
    September 9, 2006

    (A fellow Penguinista replies…)

    * raises hand * Yes, I upgraded my laptop hard drive twice. And the RAM several times. I also chose my current laptop (“Igor”) specifically due to the proportion of the components with available native Linux drivers.

    The real question is, though, how many servers do you have running in your house, right now? And can you define “BogoMIPS”?

  2. #2 stumpy
    September 9, 2006

    Joe, you are an uber-nerd. But I bet Kevin could beat you. I’m only a mid-level (79%) nerd. I think I lost some points because I never built my own computer, and instead of Linux I cheat and use Mac OS.

  3. #3 Joseph j7uy5
    September 10, 2006

    Just a wireless print server. MIPS is obviously millions of instructions per second, but I don’t know that the Bogo is. I do have a shared folder with all my mp3’s in it, but I don’t leave that computer on all the time, so I can’t count that.

    Kevin also has fallen prey to the Mac tiger. I am sure he would get all the factual questions right, but things like “how many science magazine subscriptions to you get” would lower his score. On that one, the only reason I could say that I had more than one is that I get a free Seed Magazine for writing this blog.

    The thing about the Nerd score is that higher is not necessarily better.

  4. #4 SMC
    September 10, 2006

    (I scored a mere 96 myself, so I therefore agree that higher is not necessarily better…)

    “BogoMIPS”, incidentally, is an extremely crude way of getting a rough idea of how fast a processor is used (still?, and in addition to better means obviously) by the Linux kernel.

    It is literally the number of millions of times per second that your computer can do nothing.*

    * – that is, execute the “noop” assembly instruction…

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