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Anoraks

 

Whimsical term for computer enthusiasts - usually, but not exclusively, young and lacking in social skills. The term derives from the preferred item of apparel for attending computer exhibitions, it being equipped with numerous sizeable pockets ready to be stuffed with all manner of obscure electronic gizmos.

Some anoraks tend more to the software side of IT and may graduate to being Hackers. Anoraks certainly have their uses but, in many ways, are a security risk. Such persons are inclined to do things with, and to, organisation IT systems simply for the technical and intellectual challenge, rather than for any business benefit to the organisation. Also known as Nerds, Geeks, and Tech-heads, the term is acquiring wider usage to describe any enthusiastic follower of obscure sports, hobbies, pastimes, etc.


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