Fanboys: A Field Guide

We've identified eight species of "fanboys" -- people who revere one tech platform above all others. Here's what makes them tick.

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You've heard stories about them. You may even have encountered one in the wild. Or in an Internet forum, where they commonly congregate and are notorious for their savage and often ill-thought-out verbal attacks on other fanboys and noobs. You knew you were looking at a fanboy of some kind, but you weren't sure which kind it was.

That's exactly why we created this Field Guide—to give you an easy reference for identification purposes.

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Think you are an Apple fanboy?

See if any of these characteristics match up with you:

Slang: magical

Champion: Steve Jobs

TV show: Scrubs

Clothing: Black turtleneck (Gap)

Beverage: Skinny latte

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Think you are a PC fanboy?

See if any of these characteristics match up with you:

Slang: kewl

Champion: Steve Ballmer

TV show: Star Trek

Clothing: Dockers

Beverage: Dunkin' Donuts coffee

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Think you are a Linux fanboy?

See if any of these characteristics match up with you:

Slang: meh

Champion: Neal Stephenson

TV show: The Big Bang Theory

Clothing: Penguin T-shirt

Beverage: Tap water, filtered

Don't Fear the Penguin: A Newbie's Guide to Linux

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Think you are a BlackBerry fanboy?

See if any of these characteristics match up with you:

Slang: Freemium

Champion: Timothy Geithner

TV show: The Apprentice

Clothing: Power jeans

Beverage: Shark blood (with lemon peel)

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Think you are an Android fanboy

See if any of these characteristics match up with you:

Slang: Rooted

Champion: Sergey Brin

TV show: Battlestar Galatactica

Clothing: Google I?O free T-shirt

Beverage: Double-tall, no-foam, no-whip- triple-shot mocha

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