Even though, as IT professionals, we often mix up Halloween and Christmas because
Oct 31=Dec 25, Halloween is really a holiday made for us.
While the general public fears the ghoulish images and figures that haunt homes and storefronts this time of year, we know better than to get jumpy. As IT services providers, managed services providers (MSPs) and programmers, we know how to fight scareware. Also, because of our professional training, we aren’t startled by bugs. In fact, we probably know how to solve most bug problems. We’re just like exterminators without the poison, for we understand that bugs come through open Windows.
Similarly, we know better than to let skeletons frighten us. Contrary to popular opinion, skeletons are actually helpful, especially when it comes to high-level programming. As for understanding the true meaning of “tweak or tweet,” we really do understand it and know to embrace both equally.
In spite of our unique connection to Halloween however, choosing or creating a Halloween costume can still be rather daunting. So, to help you out (and entertain you), here are a few last minute costume ideas for the procrastinating IT professionals among us.
- Wear a plain, anonymous outfit with a large number of compound arithmetical and logical operators affixed to it, such as + + * – + = =. Nothing scares people like C programming language!
- Paying tribute to a legend of old, arm yourself with a bag of mushrooms, a pair of overalls and a red shirt, and transform yourself into Mario of Super Mario Brothers.
- There are very few things more annoying and potentially dangerous than WiFi leeches, those people that use up your bandwidth without your permission and can possibly even monitor your activity and steal your identity. Publicize their evils by gluing plastic leeches (or black bugs) to a wireless router and adhering the router to your clothes. Voila! One scary nest of WiFi leeches just in time for the holiday.
- For a more current and a somewhat more gory costume, use Mark Zuckerberg, of Facebook fame, as inspiration and put a Halloween twist on his May, 2011 statement in which he challenged himself to become a default vegetarian by only eating meat he, himself, kills. With a butcher’s knife, a t-shirt and a pair of jeans, turn yourself into a scary, animal slaying programmer for the night.
- Lastly, if you’re looking to pay homage to someone worth praising, dress up as an apple to honor the life, vision and ethos of excellence of Steve Jobs.
We hope you have enjoyed our unique take on Halloween. It’s been a real treat sharing some of our Halloween ideas with you.
Enjoy your candy and costumes!
Until next time,
The Commit Team