I'm moderately geeky.
I've been known to quote Buffy and stay up late to watch Dr. Who and who doesn't love a nicely laid-out spreadsheet?
But not too long ago, during a meeting with a vendor, my colleagues and I were discussing a bizarre file-naming convention used by a previous vendor (all part of the previous vendor's plan to lock us into a proprietary system and force us to hire THEM again when the system needed updating)
Anyway, we were talking about the fact that there seems to be no rhyme nor reason to the naming convention (there are alpha-numeric file names for purely numeric records????) when someone says "I wonder if it's just hex?"
My first thought is "The game?" (There's a game similar to "Go" except that it's 11x11 instead of 14x14... gak! Geek!)
But they were talking about hexidecimal numbers - a base-16 system (0 to 9 plus A to F)
Immediately, half the room (all the old-school programmers) bent over their notebooks and started to scratch out the conversion, while a couple of others flipped on the conf room PC and opened the windows calculator.
Unfortunately, they couldn't get the calculator to take the first file name (001A43B0C) They couldn't even enter the numbers in.
My geek moment happened when I thought: "Can you have leading zeros in hex?"
Nope. You can't.