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Geeks Are Sexy

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary the original meaning of the word geek is:

a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake

Nowadays a geek usually refers to a person who is an enthusiast or expert in a technological field. I wouldn't say that these 2 definitions are mutually exclusive but that is another story. What I am going to present here are some information on and photos of computer geeks to show that geeks are very sexy people.

Celebrities

With celebrities I mean highly influential persons, e.g. those who invented operating systems or programming languages.

Alan Cox

Alan Cox is a computer programmer and major contributor in the development of the Linux kernel since its early days in 1991.

Alan Cox Alan Cox and Tux

John Gilmore

John Gilmore is one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Cypherpunks mailing list, and Cygnus Solutions. He created the alt.* hierarchy in Usenet and is a major contributor to the GNU project.

John Gilmore John Gilmore

John Hall

Jon "maddog" Hall is the Executive Director of Linux International, a non-profit organization of computer vendors who wish to support and promote the Linux operating system. According to Hall, his nickname maddog came from a time when I had less control over my temper.

John Hall John Hall

Grace Murray Hopper

Grace Murray Hopper was an American computer scientist and United States Navy officer. She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I calculator, and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language. Because of her achievements she is sometimes referred to as "Amazing Grace".

Grace Murray Hopper Grace Murray Hopper

David Korn

David Korn, creator of the Korn Shell is really a cool geek because he often wears Korn shirts.

David Korn David Korn

Eric S. Raymond

Eric Steven Raymond is a computer programmer, author and advocate for the open source movement. I could have taken virtually any photo of Eric Raymond I found, so it was a tough decision to end up with only 4 photos of ESR here.

Eric Raymond Eric Raymond Eric Raymond Eric Raymond

Richard Stallman

Richard Matthew Stallman, a.k.a. RMS, is a software freedom activist, hacker, and software developer. In 1983, he started the GNU Project to create a free Unix-like operating system. Stallman also developed the original Emacs, the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC), and the GNU Debugger.

Richard Stallman Richard Stallman Richard Stallman

Bjarne Stroustrup

Bjarne Stroustrup is a Danish computer scientist. He designed and developed the C++ programming language in 1983.

Bjarne Stroustrup Bjarne Stroustrup Bjarne Stroustrup

Linus Torvalds

Linus Benedict Torvalds is a Finnish software engineer who initiated the development of the Linux kernel.

Linus Torvalds Linus Torvalds Linus Torvalds

Larry Wall

Larry Wall is a programmer, linguist, and author. He is most widely known for his creation of the Perl programming language in 1987. Without Perl I wouldn't be a software developer. So thanks Larry for making it possible for me to pay my rent.

Larry Wall Larry Wall Larry Wall

Steven Gary Wozniak

Stephan Gary "Woz" Wozniak co-founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs.

Steven Gary Wozniak Steven Gary Wozniak Steven Gary Wozniak

Famous Couples

The famous couples listed below worked together to achieve something of inconceivable value.

Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie

Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie and Kenneth Lane Thompson were the principal creators of the UNIX operating system. Ken Thompson is responsible for the B programming language and Dennis Ritchie for C.

Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie

Bill Gates and Paul Allen

In 1975 William Henry Gates III (Bill Gates) and Paul Allen founded Microsoft. Bill Gates became the richest geek and Microsoft one of the biggest corporations on our planet.

Bill Gates and Paul Allen Bill Gates and Paul Allen

Hackers

People who have done truly evil things, especially Mr. Gates.

Loyd Blankenship

Loyd Blankenship, a.k.a. The Mentor, has been a well known hacker and writer since the 1980s, when he was a member of the hacker groups Extasyy Elite and Legion of Doom.

Loyd Blankenship Loyd Blankenship

Riley Eller

Riley Eller a.k.a. Caezar is a member of the Ghetto Hackers.

Riley Gates and Paul Allen Riley Gates and Paul Allen

John T. Draper

In 1971 John T. Draper, a.k.a Captain Crunch, discovered that a toy whistle given away inside Cap'n Crunch cereal generates a 2600 hertz signal, the same frequency that was used by AT&T long lines to indicate that a trunk line was ready and available to route a new call. Draper built a blue box that, when used in conjunction with the whistle and sounded into a phone receiver, allows phreakers to make free calls.

John Draper John Draper John Draper

Dan Farmer

Dan Farmer is a computer security expert. After graduating from Purdue University he started developing the COPS program for identifying security issues on Unix systems. In 1995, he and Wietse Venema created SATAN (Security Administrator Tool for Analyzing Networks), a network based vulnerability scanners.

Dan Farmer Dan Farmer Dan Farmer

Bill Gates

The richest ex-criminal of the world.

Bill Gates Mugshot

Susan Lynn Headley

Susan Lynn Headley a.k.a Thunder is one of the few female hackers and member of the Roscoe Gang.

Susan Lynn Headley

Vladimir Levin

Vladimir Levin does not only look like a Russian criminal he is one at least in the eyes of the evil Citibank corporation. Levin spent 3 years in jail because of attempting to fraudulently transfer US$10.7 million via Citibank's computers.

Vladimir Levin

Gordon Lyon

Gordon Lyon, better known as Fyodor, is a network security expert, open source programmer (Nmap Security Scanner), writer, and self-proclaimed hacker. He obviously likes skiing and eating low fat foods.

Gordon Lyon Gordon Lyon Gordon Lyon

Richard Pryce

As a 16-year-old music student Richard Pryce, a.k.a Datastream Cowboy, was arrested and charged with breaking into hundreds of computers at Griffiths Air Force Base, NASA and the Korean Atomic Research Institute. On the black and white photo Pryce somehow reminds me of Michael Jackson.

Richard Pryce Richard Pryce

Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier is an American cryptographer, computer security specialist, and writer. He authored several books on computer security and cryptography, and designed the Blowfish and Twofish algorithms.

Bruce Schneier Bruce Schneier

Simple Nomad

Simple Nomad calls himself a hacker and a fucking dinosaur.

Simple Nomad

Peter Shipley

Peter Shipley is a real beauty. He likes to drink Grolsch, a German Dutch beer, wrote the first network scanner NetSweep in 1988 and is the inventor of Wardriving.

Peter Shipley Peter Shipley

Wietse Zweitze Venema

Dr. Wietse Zweitze Venema is a Dutch programmer who wrote the Postfix mail system. He has also written security tools, such as SATAN and The Coroner's Toolkit together with Dan Farmer.

Wietse Zweitze Venema Wietse Zweitze Venema

The Root of all Evil

The beginnings of Microsoft. No further statement needed.

The Root of all Evil

Update 1 - Even more Evil

Commentator bloid proposed that I should post some photos of myself to feel less grubby about this collection. I start off with a recent photo being surprised in a somehow embarrassing situation. To get photos from the 70's and 80's, I need to visit my parents, so be patient, I'll post them at a later time.

Me Surprised

Geek Links

Can we have 3 photos of you? One from the 70's, one from the 80's and a recent one where you were photographed unprepared at a conference or something?

Then we can compare and contrast (and laugh) fairly, and with slightly less of a grubby feeling (maybe)

Good idea bloid. I'll add three photos of me, one from the seventies when I was a child, one from the eighties when I was a teen and one from this century where I was photographed without being prepared.

I am going to update this post when I have collected the photos. You will be surprised how sexy I look ;-)

Fantastic! :D

Colour me impressed :)
This "geek" is pretty damn sexy and not that geeky....I found him on you tube! WOW!!!!! - Jill http://youtube.com/watch?v=mxR2tIPu11Q
Nice overview! Just a little bug: Grolsch is Dutch, not German beer ;-)

Thanks for the hint Jochem, I corrected it.

obviously you are not a java guy because just as perl made you pay your house rents, java did mine for me and even gave me money for my first car. guess you should know who my own sexy geek is now

I did a lot of Perl programming for some years but now most of the web stuff I do is in PHP. But you are right I am not a Java guy, that's probably one of the reasons why I drive to work with a bicycle and not with a car ;-)

*OH * MY * LORD *. I'm horrified ;) Just came here through an alert in my mail... I'm scanning for pages on the net that has geeks are sexy written on it somewhere :) Why? Here's why Yeah, lol.
I just noticed that my beloved countryman, Linus Torvalds, looks a bit like Leisure Suit Larry in the last picture! :D See the resemblance: http://www.allowe.com/images/Larry/L7-images/Lcollection3%20Box%20Front.jpg
all lady-killers ;)
nice article. keep it up thanks (from sri lanka)

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