Are you a "fixer" or do you "throw away"?

Summary:Which are you - a "fixer" or a "throw away"?

I know a lot of people who fall into the "geek" category but a funny thing that I've noticed about people who fall into this category is that when they are faced with something that's broken, damaged or otherwise not working, they seem to fall into one of two categories:

  • Fixer - Someone who will go to great lengths to fix something
  • Throw away - Someone who throws away things that no longer work and replaces them

What's even stranger is that as a rough estimate, I'd say that the split between "fixers" and those that "throw away" is about 50/50.  This got me thinking about the kinds of people that we have here reading posts at ZDNet.   So, a quick poll for the weekend.

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I fall into the "fixer" category, but that doesn't mean that I'm always successful in fixing what's broken.  On the contrary, as things get more complex, my success rate drops.  Still, it's fun to take things apart and see what makes them tick!

Topics: Tech Industry


Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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