A brief history of geeks

Before smartphones, social networks, and other must-have tech, it wasn't a badge of honor to be called a geek. Here's a look back at the evolution of the nerds.

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From Gates to Zuckerberg

The face of the new corporate nerd—now that Gates has retired from Microsoft—is another Harvard dropout who looks something like this: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. There's no suit, no tie, no slacks. Just a lot of youthful energy and cocksure bravado—and lots and lots of hype. But the hype for Facebook and other social networks like Twitter, plus everyday folks' dependency on tech, has created "The Golden Age of the Geek." [Image credit: IDG News Service]

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