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Win 7: So Define ‘Geek’ for Me

Just because I'm hosting a Windows 7 launch party doesn't mean I'm a geek. Right?


Is this me?
Julie Jacobson · October 2, 2009

So I admitted I’m having a Windows 7 launch party. When I emailed my husband about it, he replied with one word: Geek.

And now there’s this unflattering image from 39 Cent Stamp and talk of pocket protectors.

Every month, a group of Minnesota CE Pros gets together for a few hours to discuss the industry. It’s my time to host so why not do a quick run-through of Win 7 Media Center, which I have up and running thanks to the kind tech support at S1Digital.

Most of the dealers involved in the group have never experienced Windows 7 Media Center. There’s some pretty cool stuff in there—and even more since I got my first look at Win 7 it last year. Sadly, my beta version does not include Netflix (whereas Vista had it) and the Internet-based TV content is disappointing at best ... I assume we’ll have it all when the final version arrives. Other than that, it’s looking good.

I haven’t reviewed the bios (not BIOS, get it?) of the other Win 7 hosts and hostesses but I’m sure there are some pretty cool people in there. I believe I’m one of the hip chicks, no?

So the question is:

Does hosting a Win 7 launch party automatically put you in the Geek category? If so, can such a blemish be erased after said launch?

And on another note: Did anyone not get approved to host a party? I mean, if a cool cat like myself got the nod, then probably everyone did.



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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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