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12 Things Everyone Assumes Coders Can Do

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1. "Hack in" if you forget your password.

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That's what security questions are for!

2. Jailbreak any phone.

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We'd have to do it the same way you would: looking it up online first.

3. Spend a weekend and turn your app idea into a real thing.

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Well...maybe. But probably, it would take a lot longer than a weekend, and a lot of us don't code apps.

4. Build a computer.

That's hardware. Not our domain.

5. Totally slay at all video games.

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"Coder" does not automatically equal "gamer."

6. Fix the Wi-Fi.

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We're on hold with customer service just like EVERYBODY else.

7. Teach you how to use that new program.


No matter what it is. No matter which platform it's on. No matter if it's hyper-industry specific and you have no relevant experience.

8. Build your own artificial language.


That's, like, a HUGE deal. Like, advanced degree years of study kind of deal. Legit computer SCIENCE.

9. Understand what you mean when you ask things like, "The old button changed — is that why the difference in email is?"

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We're coders, not mind readers.

10. Unsend that message where you hit "reply all."

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We're coders, not magicians.

11. Get rid of computer viruses...remotely.

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If we are sitting in front of the computer, maybe. MAYBE, MOM.

12. Do complex mental math at the drop of a hat.

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Well — sometimes we actually can.