About the Manual

The Nerd Manual is meant to be both a useful resource for nerds and a guide for the people involved with nerds. If you're a nerd you can find information here that will help you improve your life and perhaps better understand yourself. If you're close friends with, dating, or married to a nerd, I want to give you insight into things nerds do that a lot of people have difficulty understanding.

I hope to avoid offending anyone--either nerd or non-nerd--but please understand that the manual will get into some sensitive topics, stray into contentious territories, and even use stereotypes to illustrate points. It's OK to disagree with something, but keep your comments civil.


Nerd Specializations: Tech Nerd

Andrew Filer - The Physics Lab
You're not likely to find a tech nerd shopping for a PC in Best Buy, although he might be there to make fun of the Geek Squad. Tech nerds buy their high-end gear online or get it free in exchange for reviews on their blogs. Or they build it themselves. Some tech nerds naturally gravitate toward computer hacking, which doesn't mean they are criminals, it simply means they know their way around computer networks the way some people know their way around the mall. Your tech nerd is the go-to guy for help when your computer gets stuck rebooting itself, she can perform miracles on your grandmother's wireless connection, and can build a custom PC chassis themed around your favorite TV show. Tech nerds hold our future in their hands, but they often get lost in their projects and may have to be reminded to take a break and go outside and play once in a while.

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