You might be a programmer if...

By: Clay Shannon

Abstract: Politically incorrect views on programmers by a programmer.

By Clay Shannon

You might be a programmer if...

...when you see a penguin, it makes you think of Linux.

...your computer has more megabytes of RAM than your car has horsepower. 

...when you hear the term "Evil Empire," you don't think of geopolitics, but of Microsoft.

...you select a house or apartment by evaluating the wiring.

...you have a LAN in your room. 

...you like the sound of modems when they're handshaking. 

...you don't think wearing tennis shoes with a suit is strange. 

...you own more than 50 T-shirts, but can't remember the last time you actually paid for one. 

...you understood the InterBase T-shirt. 

...you're the highest-paid but worst-dressed person in the office. 

...you get involved in heated conversations on newsgroups concerning things that normal people have never even heard of.

...you've spent more time in front of a computer screen than a television screen. 

...your PC's monitor is bigger than your television screen. 

...when watching movies that show computers, you can not only tell which operating system is being used, but you also know what development tool was likely used to create the application. 

...you know where Scotts Valley is. 

...you know that it wasn't named after Scott McNealy. 

...you know who Scott McNealy is. 

...you keep in touch with dozens of people, but have not sent a personal letter via the post office in years. 


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