The geek skills challenge: 9 talents worth mastering

From replacing a hard drive to picking a lock, these are the skills you need to earn the geek title
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These days, geek is a label countless people wear proudly. In fact, if you're on this website, there's a good chance you're a geek yourself.

So why not step back and evaluate your personal level of geekdom? Geek skills are life skills, after all -- the types of things you never know when you might need. And it's up to you to maintain your virtual toolbox.

I've assembled a collection of 9 geeky endeavors well worth your efforts. Some are easy and may even be things you've already mastered; others are more extreme but could prove equally useful down the road.

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