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Thursday, March 09, 2006

[Geeks Are Sexy] : Introducing Kiltak

This blog has been running for almost 4 months now (March 2006), and I just realized that I never introduced myself to you guys. For those who are wondering if Kiltak is my real name, well, it's not. The name comes from my gaming years that are now long past (sigh).

I've been working in the IT industry for the past 10 years as a system and security administrator. I like to think myself as a generalist, knowing a bit of everything, and a lot on certain specialized areas. My areas of expertise: Windows OSs (Server / Workstation), networking, security management, Exchange servers and hardware in general.

Before studying in IT, I went to the Montreal University to get a degree in history and pedagogy. I only stayed there for a year because I soon realized that this wasn't really what I wanted to do with my life. That's when I switched to Information technology. A career in an art related field would also have interested me, but after considering it for a while, I concluded that drawing was not something that I wanted to do full time. I've drawn a lot of digital art for an underground art group named Acid Productions between 1991 and 2004. You can have a look at some of my art right here if it's of any interest to you.

[Geeks Are Sexy] has been up and running since late November 2005. My initial goal was to transmit some of my knowledge to fellow computer enthusiasts, while making some great friends in the process (Oliver Rist and Teresa Noreen among others). I also wanted to improve my written English because as you may have already noticed, it is not perfect. I was flamed on a couple of occasion by intolerant DIGG users because of this. Shame on them.

Apparently, people were interested in what I had to say because only 3 months after being opened, [Geeks Are Sexy] started to receive between 1000 and 1200 unique visits per day (3500 now, Nov. 2006). Some of the best articles I've published attracted up to 50000 people in 2 or 3 days.

I'm also happily married and father of a little boy and soon of a little girl (she's due in early April 2006)


Now I'd like to know more about you guys. Just leave a small comment attached to this message, I would really appreciate it. Who's reading me regularly? Don't forget to leave your blog address so I can come to visit you in my spare time.



36 Comments:

  • hi.
    my name is ted_groony, and I'm a G.A.S-aholic
    ;-)
    came across your site by chance, bookmarked it straightaway and now i'm addicted!
    Love what you're doing, the techie pieces are much appreciated - like you, I'm a defector from another career into IT, made the break nearly 5 years ago now. my latest concern is the ageism inherent in the IT industry (I hit 50 this summer)
    Anyway, thanks again for the site, keep 'em coming!
    t_g

    By Anonymous ted_groony, at 2:51 AM  

  • Azhar.
    Mumbai,India.
    15 Years old,to be long-time reader.
    Dude,that art you made is bloody good,really really impressive.Yeah those diggers are pissing off,I made one spelling error and the whole comments thread became a criticism of my spelling abilities!Wow only 4 Months and a post gets 20,000 views,thats bloody good!
    (Re-designing my website and switcing hosts and getting domain so my site is kind of screwed up and a temporary version I made has been put up)
    Ever considered getting GeeksareSexy.com? ($2.95 for a year with iPower.com)
    Any diggers,please ignore my spelling mistakes for god's sake!
    Great Job Kiltak keep it up!

    By Anonymous Azhar, at 3:34 AM  

  • Hey,
    My name is Matt. I'm currently a Junior at a liberal arts college, majoring in studio art. I also work in my school's IT department, primarily doing tech support and managing our group of student consultants, as well as some web development. I've subscribed to your site feed for a while now, so I guess I could be considered one of your "loyal readers". Keep up the quality content!

    By Blogger theMatt, at 3:53 AM  

  • Hi Kiltak,

    I think I came across your blog on digg and I bookmarked it. I started my blog for most of the same reasons as you did. I'm from Quebec, I wanted to write in english about IT mostly to have hard-to-find solution indexed by google. With my two jobs it has proven difficult to maintain the blog...

    Anyway, good work.

    TW

    twowordz.blogspot.com

    By Blogger twowordz, at 12:04 PM  

  • [Stands up] Hi, my name is Lyle, and I'm a sexy geek :D

    I'm another regular feed reader (semi-regular commenter), and loving the whole style you've got going on here. I'm still a student technically, but I fully expect a career in this crazy industry we call IT, and so far this blog sure has helped.

    Keep up the good work, and in the name of shameless plugging, my blog. Thanks :)

    By Blogger Lyle, at 7:13 PM  

  • I'm Steve. I also work in IT going on 15 years now. I love your articles and read the Blog almost everyday. I came acroos your Blog through dailyfeeds.com, and immediately subscribed to your RSS Feed. Keep up the good work.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:43 AM  

  • Damn, dude. You're way too good looking. It annoys us regular geeks. Plus, you speak French. Get fat or something. Geez.

    By Anonymous TechnologyFilter, at 11:04 PM  

  • "Damn, dude. You're way too good looking. It annoys us regular geeks. Plus, you speak French. Get fat or something. Geez."

    Sorry? I didn't do anything to look that way, I don't even exercise much.. It's all related to genetics :)

    By Blogger Kiltak, at 12:57 PM  

  • Hey Kiltak,
    If you don't mind can you link to my site for a few days just for it to get a few readers?I have placed 2 links to yours and only want a link on yours for a day or two to get some readers.
    Thanks.
    www.azharc.blogspot.com (check it out,if you don't like it/approve it you do not have to link,your link will stay)

    By Blogger Azhar, at 6:21 AM  

  • Hey Kiltak,
    I came across your site when I looked at my statistics logs to see who was linking to me. I found out that you linked to my PC Inspector File Recovery article on the freeware review (which, I'm sure you found on digg). Thanks for the linkage. I just started a new hacker blog yesterday and added your site to my links. Visit it sometime (when I finally start posting:)

    BYW, You've got two cool things going for you: the your real name and the name of your blog!

    By Anonymous hacker not cracker, at 11:56 PM  

  • Just a wave from us. It's nice to see a face attached to the posts :)

    By Anonymous Geek 24: Daily dose of geek, at 1:30 AM  

  • Come be a contributor for my blog RealTechNews - we have great traffic to point back to you and I love your stuff. We'd love you on the team!

    --Alice (at realtechnews dot com)

    By Anonymous Alice Hill, at 2:57 PM  

  • I always like to read people's opinions on the same things I am reading and using. You should report your thought on the tech crunch updates. Anyway, keep it up! Let's swap links! Mine is:

    Global Social Broadcast

    We would love to share your information with our audience.

    Cheers!
    Global Girl

    PS: I am looking for a GREAT web2 quick and sharp web designer in Montreal ASAP. Please let me know if you know anyone. pmuffy@mac.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:24 AM  

  • I'm rather enthusiastic about the new application that permits forum webmasters to integrate Google Maps into their forums as a user interface.
    Thought your readers might be interested in this rather new development.
    http://forumtools.blogspot.com/2006/04/google-maps-tailored-for-phpbb-forums.html

    Best Regards,
    Mike Clifford
    Forum Tools Blog Webmaster
    http://forumtools.blogspot.com/

    By Blogger Mike C, at 8:07 PM  

  • yo nigga, i just saw dat message you put on that blog i popped on this. i know it was a minute ago... i want to thank a nigga for supporting that niggaknowtechnology.com.

    link my shit. holla.

    -1-

    By Blogger Big Eddie Ed, at 5:29 PM  

  • I found this really cool new project that some Yale students are starting. It is called PerSecondPodcast, and can be found at www.persecondpodcast.com. I love the site, and it is an awesome idea. I read your blog fairly often and thought you would be interested in covering it or whatever. Basically, it is an online time capsule of audio... and also a pretty unique advertising opportunity that anyone can contribute to as well. I can't really explain it fully on my own, but the site is excellent so definitely take a look, and check out the other navigable pages for more explanation. They also have an official press release available on their Press page.

    -Elliot

    --
    Elliot Worther
    eworthing79@gmail.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:10 PM  

  • Hi. My name is John (Eddie_Guarraro in several online games). I was just hitting random RSS links to get to your site and I like it a bunch. I am a newly hired IT guy with no 'formal' training, just tinkering with my home network and compy and getting a job with a bank! Ya, I like the IT pieces too, and I what your doing, keep it up! Maybe you can do a piece about the joys of office politics in IT!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:18 PM  

  • Hey Kiltak,

    I saw that you implemented the new social bookmarking on your site. Looks good! Just noticed that now I'll have to add netscape's digg competitor, but who knows if it'll come out of beta.

    How long have you been doing this blog thing?

    I've been at it for a few weeks now and already seeing good results. Great site ... thats why I blogrolled it.

    By Blogger Evan Spiegel, at 6:55 PM  

  • I was tring to locate an email adress...

    Ran into your site and I must say I love it...

    In case you are looking for new content .. feel free to steel from my blog, as long as you link!

    Also check out those 2 sites

    http://www.criticker.com for movie geeks

    and

    http://www.lastminute-auction.com for Ebay and Bargain Geeks ;)

    By Anonymous Random Good Stuff, at 8:41 AM  

  • What's a digger?

    By Blogger Timmy7, at 6:01 PM  

  • timmy 7: A digger, a www.digg.com user :)

    By Blogger Kiltak, at 6:04 PM  

  • this is the first blog i've ever read i really don't know how i got here but i started reading because i wanted to know what geeks are sexy is al about. i'm an art student and was looking for information for my thesis but this was a nice break from my search. have a nice day. xxx

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:35 AM  

  • Hello Sexy Geeks.

    I would totally give you my blog to check out but I have not been good in updating it so I can't remember my name of password. I am just too busy doing other things... I act professionally.

    Anyways, I came across you guys and I thought you all were pretty smart and funny so I thought I would say Hi!

    I also wanted to tell you guys about a cool site; Gloto it allows you to do all sorts of neat things such as send pictures from your phone to your PC...

    HMM

    By Anonymous Holly, at 10:39 AM  

  • Thanks for the link Kiltak but I'm none the wiser. I would not consider myself to be a 'geek' as such; I do wear specs but that is a far as it goes. When I was at school computers were for people that couldn't play football (soccer, if you lot are American) I've never really got into them since (I'm talking about 20+ years ago btw. Anyway, I discovered the site by accident last night and there seemed to be a spelling issue. My interest was in that and that alone. It is my opinion that anyone who publishes should be able to spell. Obviously allowances should be made for people who do not have English as a first language but that does not include americans who invent lazy, easy spellings for words that already exist; 'Color' for 'colour' being an obvious example.

    By Blogger Timmy7, at 5:45 PM  

  • Timmy7: Are you saying that I make spelling mistakes? :) NO WAY? :)

    Of course I make them, I'm a french canadian guy. If people would REALLY care all that much about spelling, they wouldn't visit [GAS], and I guess that a lot of native american people write a far worse english then me.

    A lot of them come here for the tutorial I write, which often, cannot be found anywhere else. They come for my expertise, not how I can spell the word color (or colour! :) )

    Thanks for visiting, I always appreciate receiving comments...

    Have a great day.

    By Blogger Kiltak, at 7:55 PM  

  • Has anyone tried the new MSN Scavenger Hunt? It looks kinda cool but I do not get the point... I mean there is no prize. LOL. Anyways check it out at http://obey.msn.com/.

    By Anonymous Holly, at 11:26 AM  

  • Hi Kiltak,
    You remind me so much of my IT students of your generation, I did appreciate your blog and I'll be back once in a while. We just started a blog as a group as well, please visit us: What Women Think
    http://www.blogger.com/posts.g?blogID=31268363
    I'll be glod to exchange ideas with a bright person as you.
    Marie

    By Blogger Mariesaintmichel, at 3:41 PM  

  • Great to have your answer, Kiltak! I'm not from Quebec, in fact I was born far away from here, mais le Canada est le pays de ma passion et mon place, le chez-moi au monde.
    Marie St-Michel is my literary pseudonime because I will be approaching some hot topics. Please tell all [gas] guys to drop in as well, bright minds like yours are a rare treat!
    We'll be around,
    Marie

    By Blogger Mariesaintmichel, at 4:07 PM  

  • Kiltak,

    Thank you so much for the compliment on my blog. Have a great weekend!

    Sincerely,
    Chandra

    By Blogger Chandra, at 3:56 PM  

  • hey =)
    My name is Jena. I live a blogging double identity- Na is for my computer/gaming related blogs, and Jet is my normal blog.
    I'm also a writer for Stratics online- under the aliases Cherry and Cyren_eq2. I was highly involved with EQ2 (guess my in game identity:)
    I'm currently going to school for Game Design.
    And I have a monkey and his name is Pierre... =p

    Did I stutter

    Supernerdlady

    By Blogger Jet, at 7:00 PM  

  • KILTAK,
    Your blog is the perfect geek read. I get stuck sifting through tons of tech articles everyday. Many do not provide the perspective or level of detail I desire. I'd like to have you as a guest on a segment of my call-in talk show, Tech Talk with Kevin. All you need is a phone. Email puppycheese at gmail if you're interested. You would certainly pull an audience.

    By Blogger PuppyCheese, at 6:02 PM  

  • Howdy fellow geeks,

    I got sucked in by your title. My philosophy is, "Once you date a geek, you'll never go back." Two of my three ex-boyfriends (plus my husband) are serious geek material and I love them for it. :)

    Anyway, stay geeky. Stay sexxy. Thanks for the good read.

    J

    By Blogger Juliana, at 4:11 PM  

  • Oh, I should add another note to my introduction.

    When I chose a new domain name, it included the word "geek." It was by far the most popular of the options I chose. If I had any real content on there, I'd tell you to go check out how awesomely geeky it is. One of these days, I'll do something with it.

    J

    By Blogger Juliana, at 4:13 PM  

  • Kiltak,

    I came across your site quite by accident. I happened to see it in the Blogger list of Blogs of Note a few weeks ago, and, of course, your Blog title was compelling, so I checked it out. I posted a suggestion to your Book giveaway contest as my first (and so far, only) comment.

    My blog has, I think, an equally compelling title: The Town Crank. I'm a software developer, recently hired full-time at a local (Neenah, WI) company after having run my own business (into the ground) for the past 15 years. Before that I was a sales geek for three different computer companies; and going back into the early 80's and late 70's I was a radio poisonality, program director, commercial production director.

    My software specialties have expanded a bit since starting up in my new job. They now include .NET-based manipulation of (huge) graphic images (pre-press) for presentation within browsers. But my main bag is database programming with Microsoft products (SQL Server, VB.NET, C#, Access) and going back in time to Paradox for Windows and DOS.

    I'm writing this comment to ask if you might take a peek at a page I put together recently after discovering two very interesting pieces of software written by others:

    1) The Aqualizer: a command-line utility written in C# for producing round "aqua" buttons after the style of Mac OSX and Windows Vista; and

    2) Walter Zorn's JavaScript Drag and Drop library.

    The web page is modeled after the websafe color palette poster created by Bob Stein of Visibone, a web site devoted to products for web site designers and instructors. The poster was the first product of his I purchased from Visibone; I have since purchased many more. Make sure to check out his Internet Country Code World Map.

    I call my page "AquaBone" for reasons I hope are evident. One caveat: Windows Internet Explorer seems to have trouble with the JavaScript library; so much so that page refreshes take forever when the page is displayed.

    One other caveat: there are about 570 KB of images in 217 small graphics.

    Anyway, here it is. You may grab any of the aqua buttons and move them around:

    AquaBone

    Please let me know what you think.

    Sincerely,

    Steve Erbach
    Neenah, WI
    The Town Crank

    By Blogger Steve Erbach, at 10:28 PM  

  • Hey guys, this is geeky and sexy site!

    We've got sexy and geeky Firefox extension for you called blueorganizer. We think your geeks will find it hot:
    http://www.adaptiveblue.com

    If you agree it would be awesome if you could review it on your blog.

    Thanks!

    adaptiveblue team
    http://www.adaptiveblue.com

    By Blogger Alex Iskold, at 10:05 AM  

  • I'm a SAHM-of-eight trying to learn web design in my spare time. I'm probably not your typical reader, but I enjoy your blog!

    By Blogger Mommy Dearest, at 3:14 PM  

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