During the past year I’ve come to a conclusion about many IT professionals that make up their departments. I’ve begun calling this archetype: five button guys.
So nerds have problems, but nerd problems are different from everybody elses. Nerd problems are low impact / high frequency while normal people problems are high impact / low frequency. In layman’s terms, when it comes to computers, normal people have relatively hard problems that take a long time to solve, but these problems are fairly infrequent. Nerds on the other hand have problems that are easier to solve, but happen at much shorter intervals. To be clear I’m talking about computer nerds throughout this piece, but I think the impact / frequency distinction is fairly accurate for all nerds. Time for an couple of examples.