12/28/2005: The New Holiday Sport...
Mike Musgrove (WaPo) introduces us to a potential New Holiday Sport in this article: The Computer Geeks Who Saved Christmas:
Home for the Holidays Often Means Work for Tech Professionals
"...For many folks like them, having a family reputation for tech savviness means that going home for the holidays has become the time for connecting printers and figuring out why mom's e-mail software stopped working a few weeks back. As computers have found a place in nearly everyone's home, the annual computer checkup has become almost as much of a tradition as dad putting together the new bicycle or sister-in-law getting dragged into the kitchen to make gravy or eggnog.
"It used to be that grandma wanted you to put in a new light bulb in some hard-to-reach place," said Maschal, who works for a local Web company, though in a non-techie capacity. "Now you have to come over to take spyware off her hard drive."
In families blessed with more than one alpha geek, fixing a computer is a matter of pride. When antivirus expert David Perry finds himself at home with his computer science PhD brother and his computer engineer brother-in-law, it can turn into a bit of a showdown. Correctly diagnosing the family computer's ailments becomes "the geek holiday sport" he said..."
Hmm, should this be a new reality based TeeVee Show? GEEK SURVIVAL SHOW-DOWN.
But what would the *winner*deserve? A Year's Free Holiday from fixing other family member's computer problems? But then again... to win, they would have to be the BEST (and we all know "only the BEST" is good enough for family and friends.)
Karen on 12.28.05 @ 07:20 AM CST