What's the Difference Between Hacker and Tech Geeker?

By Xah Lee. Date:

in short, a tech geeker is a hacker who is completely ignorant of social sciences.

to give some example using programing celebrities: Richard Stallman (RMS), Paul Graham, Jamie W Zawinski (JWZ), Eric S Raymond (ESR), Michael DeGusta, Kent Pitman, are hackers, but they are not tech geekers, because they have done things that require significant involvement with society (➢ for example: started company or organization), even if their stance is extreme (compare to politicians: actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronald Regan, silver-spoon scumbag George W Bush.).

in contrast, vast majority of elite coders who slave on comp.lang newsgroups, are tech geekers.

What's some example of tech geeker who are famous? I think Tom Christiansen, Linus Torvalds, Rob Pike, Dennis Ritchie, are good examples.

of course, in general, i despise tech geekers, and also majority of hackers, with rare exceptions (➢ for example: i like Jamie Zawinski, Michael DeGusta, Bill Gosper, …).

note that there are a lot expert programers who are not hackers (thus nor tech geekers). For example, most academic computer scientists are such. Celebrity examples: John McCarthy, Donald Knuth, Edsger W Dijkstra, Guy Steele, … and also lots who are not academicians or not always academicians, ➢ for example: Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Richard P Gabriel (RPG), Stephen Wolfram ….

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