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.

The IBM Era



The era that ushered in what we consider the modern-day IT department started off like this: On the left is the 1940's ENIAC (electronic numerical integrator and computer), weighing in at 30 tons with more than 19,000 vacuum tubes burning. On the right is the IBM System 360 mainframe, Model 50. At the controls were computer technicians and early programmers, the dressed-for-success geek of the day. [Image credit: IDG News Service]

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