Geeks are persons so entranced by tech that paying them is
almost a frill.
MCSEs are as interested in computers as the clerk is in the
colour of the file jackets.
Hiring an MCSE; Microsoft Certified System Engineer, (known
as ‘Must Consult Someone Else’) is going to cost you a lot
of money in the long run.
A Geek may appear to have arrived early, that is because he
has been there all night.
An MCSE will walk away from a server which is malfunctioning
because it is his lunch time, leaving the entire office off-line.
A Geek will notice a problem, be able to format the hard
drive and load another operating system. An MCSE will
‘reinstall’ the same failing system and preserve the problem.
Geeks will experiment with every Operating System and
application at home in their spare time, and be able to
direct the employers as to what would work best.
MCSEs get the latest Window upgrades and have had offices
moved from 98 to 2000 then to XP and now are clamoring
for VISTA, because the Borg tells them so.
Hence, an MCSE will insure you never stop buying software.
A Geek will get CDs of Linux load them, and the only time
he will ever need to ‘tweak’ is if some esoteric piece of
equipment is purchased and he needs to find and load the
Zero is spent on software, saving a company millions of
dollars. Further, the fact that Linux is virtually
bullet proof means that malware and illegal access is
not a problem.
Geeks know a little about a lot; they can build a computer
from random parts, can tweak software, have no problem
with all sorts of firmware, and even if something was just
invented last month, one can be sure that a Geek either was
involved in Beta Testing or has cleaned out his bank account
to buy it for himself.
MCSE know nothing more than what they were certified to know
and avoid learning anything else, save and except if another
expensive course is being given and they can get their
employers to pay for their attendance.
A Geek goes home, (if he has Broadband at home) to surf the
Net. An MCSE goes home and if he does have a computer, might
not even turn it on.
For a Geek, connectivity is air; being off line is suffering
a major catastrophe. For an MCSE it is no more distressing
than a pencil point breaking.
It is your money, your office, your work.