¶ The Gift of Geek

Last year I posted about the duty of The Family Geek™ — be as helpful as possible when your family members receive shiny new technology as gifts. I’d like to take this moment to reiterate that, as I know I’ll be drinking my own medicine heavily this weekend.

Some things to be prepared for:

  1. Be available. Set aside some time for one-on-one walkthroughs, or time to talk on the phone if your relative isn’t with you this holiday. That doesn’t mean you have to give up your entire holiday, but set aside a few hours for lending a helping hand.
  2. Be patient. Your relatives aren’t as nerdy as you are. Keep that in mind, and don’t treat them like an idiot. It’s new to them, and it takes time to learn new things. Also, don’t rush through so much to point of making it impossible to retain. Start with the basics. There can always be more phone calls.
  3. Run updates on their devices. One of the things I like to do is make sure everything is up to date on my relatives’ devices. There’s a few of them who never run updates, and there’s a lot that piles up over 6 months.
  4. Backups. On the same note, make sure to set up your relatives for data backup in one way or another. This will save you a headache later.

There’s a lot of other stuff to do as the family geek, but these are a few things your relatives will appreciate.