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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Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at

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