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redman
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I have a question for all laptop users: why do you put stickers on your laptops? I have never done that but notice devs, technies and geeks doing that. Why? Memories? Inspiration? Communication? Please share your thoughts!

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  • 19
    The more stickers the bigger the dick ( อก° อœส– อก°)
  • 7
    It's like tramp stamp- you know whom you're dealing with.
  • 5
    @norman70688 Because? The stickers reflect knowledge?
  • 5
    @redman some does that, also conference stickers are really cool
  • 2
    @devTea Thanks, but I miss the "why" ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • 14
    Peacocking ๐Ÿค”
  • 5
    @irene Ok, noted as one of the reasons
  • 7
    @redman “the sticker reflects knowledge”, I read from one of the stories here that he got a job because he got a lot of devops stickers on his laptop and got offered a devops job when he’s at a cafe
  • 5
    @redman It's not indicator of knowledge directly.
    From what I've seen, laptops covered with stickers belong either girls or newbies.
  • 6
    Apart from the knowledge aspect. We all want the one we love to look awesome from outside as well as inside.๐Ÿค˜
  • 6
    Look up "stickerboom", it was a fairly popular trend in the car community in the late 90s, early 00s. I personally try to replicate that, but i can see people using just a few stickers to be unique.
  • 8
    Also, they can be a way of giving a personal touch to your laptop.

    I think it's really a matter of personal preference, though. I don't see anything wrong with neither preserving the integrity of the original design of your laptop nor giving it some personal touch by putting stickers of things you like on it so your laptop doesn't look like everyone else's.

    In my personal case, I've gone through having just a vinyl design on my first laptop to having nothing on my current one for years, and now that it's ten years old I have quite a few stickers on it.
  • 10
    I don't have stickers on my laptop. I can even afford using Windows and a light themed editor because I'm so dev that Chuck Norris asks me for debugging help.
  • 2
    I also came across this interesting article on the subject: https://nerdlettering.com/blogs/...
  • 2
    I prefer leaving my laptop as-is and pasting stickers (if I had any at all) on non-intrusive areas.
  • 8
    For me, pasting stickers on my personal laptop is done for a few reasons:

    - you can easily distinguish it (especially when using a common model where you live)

    - it gives more character to my laptop, because a naked laptop is bland

    - it instantly gives anyone who look at it a feel for what I'm interested in, and provide a way to start a conversation

    - some stickers are a way of recalling some nice moments when I look at them

    I wouldn't call stickers an expression of knowledge or skill. I have stickers representing things I now very little about (though I definitely have a reason to stick them on my laptop).

    I avoid having stickers cover each other, as it obscurs some of them and I don't want that. Instead, I'll sometime remove stickers that are starting to peel off or that are no longer relevant to me.
  • 3
    @Fradow Thanks for your detailed reply ๐Ÿ‘
  • 4
    @redman To be fair, stickers can be used for many things:

    - Got a nasty scratch by the kid? Cover it up! - will look much better.

    - Having identical laptops in office? Add a sticker - you'll know which one is yours.

    - Working a lot in cafes? Add some stickers - people won't be afraid to come and talk to you. This will expand your connections and will act as great conversation starters.

    - Some of them are quite nice and give a nice overall look. I'd cover my apple logo with anything since I don't like that glowing thing there :)

    - If you're going to a conference every year - you can leave the last year sticker to let people know that you've been there and you are a fan. This again opens discussion topics

    - Having a sticker of X technology can intrigue your possible clients. They may come to you randomly and talk about hiring you.

    And many more you could think of. Overall, not everyone likes them but... Same can be said about anything.
  • 5
    "Working a lot in cafes? Add some stickers - people won't be afraid to come and talk to you. This will expand your connections and will act as great conversation starters."

    Oh yes, while working in cafe (lol) you absolutely are waiting some randomers to come chit-chat.
  • 7
    @norman70688 "hey you look like a dev, can you fix my printer?"
  • 2
    @Fast-Nop ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  • 4
    For me, it's like memorabilia. I don't use tech/dev stickers, but rather music/art/politics ones. Also, I never put stickers on a new laptop - right now I have them only on a 4-year-old laptop I don't use for my job.
    As for the stickers, I have:
    - Andy Warhol's "Banana"
    - A sticker from an astronomy conference I attended
    - A tattoo studio sticker with a chicken on it
    - etc...
  • 2
    @norman70688 That depends on a person :P I've never had such issue, people come, we talk for 10 minutes and go on with our lives.

    Of course, if you are not a social person - that might be bad for you :)
  • 3
    I have an Asus with crapy plastic robustness so my long term goal is to build a 5mm thick protective shell to absorb any shock. :D
  • 1
    @Kasonnara ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  • 3
    I have stickers for pop culture things I like.

    Clothing brands, a charity I like, sports teams, etc.

    Just beats looking at a plain laptop lol
  • 2
  • 4
    I put all my stickers in a sticker book, because I'm cool with reliving my days as a 5 year old.
  • 3
    Got assigned the same laptop as everyone else in my college. Sticker is for identification.
  • 3
    A couple of reasons:

    - conference stickers are usually free, just getting handed out at every table. So it makes a nice, free souvenir.
    - personal touch.
    - subtle peacocking. This is probably my main reason. It allows other people to have icebreakers with me like "I too enjoy wolfssl. It's so much faster and lighter for embedded" or "so youre a Kali guy. I prefer parrot. Let's debate the differences" or most frequently "what's that one? *Points at random obscure sticker for a tool no one has heard of*" and discussion ensues. It works a lot better, and you come off less annoying than "I'm an arch user, no big deal. Kali is best hacker OS. OpenSSL sucks. Vim or die" The latter makes you annoying af. nobody wants to talk to that guy.
  • 2
    I don't. I prefer clean simple and streamline.
  • 2
    For me, my stickers show solidarity with a technology or company.
  • 1
    E-penis
  • 2
    Laptop stickers are like prison tattoos
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