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Being a "geek" in computer’s world is a bit like being a "pro" in any other field : a simple and courteous guy who knows very well about the subject and deepened his knowledge every day.

The most widespread of the word "geek" is defined to designate a "fan" computer, which works most often in one of the many related fields, and who, heard as extension (somewhat obscure), is also a fan of science-fiction, manga, role-playing and imaginary worlds. The imagery that best reflects this "fantasy geek" could be that of the film Matrix, where the characters believe to be in "real" life so that they operate in a system managed by machines.

But beware, the idea of ​​"geek" is not incompatible with a real social life. Unlike the "no-life" and sometimes the "nerd", who can spend all their time alone in front of a computer and have no social life, the "geek" has a rather conventional life, rooted in the real world.

More broadly, the "geek" is involved in latest computer discoveries, new technologies and knows about the web. The "geeks" are a very large community which exchange of informations, ideas and programs through inter-stimulation and motivation to participate in the development of new technologies by testing new, returning bugs found or correcting them directly. The "geek" is often an coder (a programmer, regardless of the programming language in question).

Like any other community, the "geeks" develop their own codes and expressions that "only a geek can understand". Among these codes can be found the everyday language, revisited by replacing some letters with characters commonly used in programming languages : the at sign "@", the dollar sign "$", the ampersand "&" and numbers. The rule is simple : the replacement character should visually look like the initial character replaced. The word "geek" for instance is written in "geek" language as g33k (the number "3" resembling the letter "e" in uppercase reversed "E").

So here we are the main topic of this post : our wish card for 2014 in which we have inserted expressions written in "geek". Would you known to decode it ?

Use this forum page (the form "Reply to this article" at the bottom of page) to provide translations and show that, definitely, you are a true "geek" ;)

Carte de voeux 2014 (extrait)

For your convenience, here are the "geek" phrases that you find in this picture (most of them are in French) :

  • "b0nn3 @nn&3"
  • "h@ppy n3w y3@r"
  • "w36 s0us c0ntr0l3"
  • "p@ss3r s0us l1nux"
  • "w36 r3sp0ns@6l3"
  • "w36 r3sp0ns1v3"
  • "@vo1r + d’@m1s"
  • "g33ks"
  • @ppr1v01s3r un1x"
  • ht3um3ul3u"
  • "ch@ng3r d3 n@v19@t3ur"
  • "&tr3 l1k&"
  • "p0st3r +"
  • 0p3n s0urc3"
  • "n3wsl3tt3r"
  • "t1p$ && tr1ck$"
  • "m0nd3 du l16re"
  • "w36 1nt1m3"
  • "w36 c0mmun@ut@ir3"

Your turn to play ...

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