The geek life before the Internet

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Do you find that your IT involvement cuts you off from people? Has it affected you in any way?

No, not really. I have noticed that until the Internet became popular in the mid-90s it was social death to admit to any interest in computers, and it was certainly not acceptable to talk about them at parties. That's changed now. It's still considered "geeky" but it's not the unforgivable social crime that it once was. You still have to pretend not to know much about computers, but these days it's so you don't waste the entire party solving someone's computer problems for them.

Excerpt from Life in the trenches: a sysadmin speaks