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Different types of Geeks

Donna Josephine (geekable.com.au) 30/08/2019

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ustralia is home to some of the world’s best and brightest Tech Gurus. Gone are the days of geeks hiding away in a dark room, they are out there enjoying life. The only problem is; now they are hard to find. Geekable.com.au solves this burden by distinguishing Tech people by their skill set and matching Geeks and Clients by the speciality required by the client.

Geekable.com.au is the new way of connecting with Geeks. It is free to use and is the obvious way of getting the correct Tech Guru near you at the right price.

Let’s not forget – We as clients often don’t speak ‘Geek’ (If you would like to start learning a small bit though, read on), nor should anyone expect us to (It’s almost like being able to read ‘Doctor’ – it’s a plus but usually not necessary), so the difference between a ‘Graphic Designer’ and a ‘Website Developer’ can sometimes get lost. Geekable.com.au breaks the techno jargon down and allows clients to easily say what they want done (From simply stating ‘My Computer is broken’ to ‘I need a new website for my business’ Geekable knows what kind of Geek you’re after). It only takes minutes to fill in the details, and once done, Geekable.com.au will send it to only the relevant Geeks that match your requirements.

This ensures that you get the Tech Guru that specialises exactly in this field. This does a couple of things a) You get a professional job done and not someone learning at your expense b) You get the job done at the best rate c) You can trust that the works are done by a registered Australian Business or Individual When Clients post their requirements, it is sent to the appropriate Tech gurus who are then much better placed to submit a quote. The client has control over how many quotes they want, and they aren’t locked into anything. You can easily get free and no obligation quotes by clicking here

Let’s break down some common Skills. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a bit of a guide

Computer

If you ask a Geek what they do for a living, they usually don’t just say “Computers”; they might say, Systems Administration, or Network Engineer, or “I specialise in IT” (IT standing for Information Technology) so lets get into some of the differences.

Computer Technician

  • This is a broad term often used for general PC/Laptop troubleshooting. If you are having a problem turning your computer on, or having a problem with a word document, sending an email, accessing the internet; these Tech Peeps are typically your first call. Think of these guys as a GP (General Practitioner) – They know an incredible amount in their field and are very broadly skilled, although when it comes to something specific they will refer you to a specialist – Usually not because they lack the skill, but because of time restraints.

Systems Engineer/Administrator

  • The word Systems typically refers to the applications (software) running on a computer, server or device. These people look after those applications. This can be the Operating System, Along with diagnosing faults with software, they have an understanding on how it is developed in the first place making them great at recommending solutions, making sure they are installed correctly, ensuring they are backed up, and overall making the user experience with a broad range of application work together nicely. You may notice these peeps at your work. They aren’t usually the first person in the IT department you call but they make sure that everything works together nicely. These tech heads usually don’t look after one-off problems, such as reinstalling an individual computer; they look after multiple systems. Systems Engineers often work closely with Network engineers and vis versa

Network Engineer/Administrator

  • Instead of software, these gurus make sure everything is Connected. They look after the devices that we don’t typically see. Do you know your Modem at home that connects to the internet? Well, these guys know how these devices work and are configured. On a large scale, they make sure the internet works and everything is connected. If you hear of someone going to the “Server room”, it’s usually these guys. It is quite complicated work, so when they break something, its often up to the Computer Technician to go around and find work-arounds for a quick fix. Network Administration often goes hand in hand with Systems Administration as without one or the other nothing would work.

Web

When you ask these Gurus what they do, quite a lot of people hear the word ‘Web’ and start zoning out a little bit. There are some key differences that can often be missed. Firstly, it is worth mentioning that a website has what is called a Front end and a Back end. Similar to a restaurant; the Front End is what you see and how friendly it is whereas the backend is where background things happen to give the user a great experience (think of the Chef). If one of these are bad, it is not a good experience. Secondly, Web Designers and Developers are often referred to as Programmers – Because they know code.

Web Designer

  • Web Designers usually focus on what is called User Experience and User Interface. They make website user friendly and make them look good. They know more about what a user wants and how a user behaves on a website.

Web Developer

  • Although a Web Developer still very much cares for how the website looks (Just like a chef cares about more than just taste), they are more for the behind the scenes of a website. To give you an example: Google. Google has a very simple to look at interface which is done by web designers – it looks all so easy but behind the scenes there are web developers doing all sorts of things – Just like we don’t usually see, and often don’t want to see how a chef cooks their signature dish, you don’t usually see what a web developer has made.

Design

Simply put, designers make things look great. But there are differences in designers. Designers skills do often overlap as their creative flare is still there; but their speciality is what separates them.

Graphic Designer

  • Whenever you see a business logo, signage or print graphics, chances are it has been created by a graphic designer. It is a reasonably broad term. These Gurus have an eye for detail, and they know all about design guidelines, what applications to use and when to use them and even know some psychology on how people perceive graphics such as colour and placement.

Game and Moving Art Designers

  • Often Games, and Apps have moving graphics to either give it a 3d look, or to naturalise the look and feel. This not only relies on an incredible eye for detail, but in-depth knowledge of anatomy and computer code. These designers make sophistication look exceptionally simple and gives the users an intuitive way of working out a game, an app, an advertisement and more.

Programmer

Ever talk to someone and it sounds like they are talking in 1’s and 0’s? Programmers know code. What you may not know is what code of code does what. Let’s try and break it down a bit.

Application Developer

  • An application developer does exactly that. They develop applications using code. There are many different ‘languages’ that can be used to code, and they all have their pro’s and con’s. Developers know more than just syntax with different languages, but they know what language to program in depending on the requirements and know how to break down what is required from an application to how to make it all work.

Speciality Developer

  • You may hear someone say they are ‘SharePoint Developer’ or something like a ‘C# Developer’ (Pronounced C Sharp). The prefix is usually the Framework or Language used. For example. A SharePoint Developer. SharePoint is a system built by Microsoft. It is an application used by organisation to collaborate. A SharePoint Developer customises SharePoint using code and other means to make it fit the organisations objectives. Another example is a ‘C# Developer’ C# is a programming language. A C# Developer means they know the language and can create applications from scratch.

This is only a small sample of some of the things Geeks do. Soon to come: Database Geeks, Cyber Security Geeks, and a whole lot more. Stay Posted.