What is your experience?

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  1. trouphaz

    trouphaz New Member

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    So, based on Deus's thread I was wondering what everyone's experience is here when it comes to computers. I think I may have asked this before, but I have a bad memory.

    I've been in IT about 13 years or so now with about 4 years in PC type support (helpdesk and desktop), around 10 years in UNIX (HP-UX and Solaris) and about 4 years in storage (HP, HDS and EMC, midrange and enterprise across all three, and Brocade switches). there was obviously some overlap with these.
     
  2. DarqueGT

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    personally working with computers for about 15+ years now. actual employement in IT related field since '98. Done everything from basic computer repair to webpage design. Have a side business fixing computers on top of my full time job as a systems admin.
     
  3. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    3 years of professional experience doing everything from building servers to specifying systems configurations to domain administration to software design to website development. (Small companies are good for covering a lot of ground quickly.) I have a BSSE in software engineering, based largely on the Bell Labs paradigm of formal up-front design (none of that "agile development" cart-before-the-horse BS), and I've been writing code for myself for 12 years.
     
  4. trouphaz

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    as a sys admin, is your focus exclusively on one platform or another or are you touching on a number of technologies? for example, are you more into Windows, Linux or UNIX or do you end up working with all comers?
     
  5. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    1 year as a field tech, 2 years in tech support, and ~ 12 years as a hardware enthusiast. :hs:
     
  6. Hate Crime

    Hate Crime Don't Hate OT Supporter

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    I find too much of what you just said, unbelievable, as you seem to be totally dumbfounded on some of the most basic things you have asked in these forums.
     
  7. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    My core competency is software engineering. Everything else is stuff I picked up along the way.
     
  8. trouphaz

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    i wouldn't say that. 3 years doing everything under the sun means no time to really focus on any one area. lots of breadth, very little depth. this type of experience means you can talk generically about a lot of topics, but when you need to go more than surface deep you'll tend to hit a wall.
     
  9. trouphaz

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    how old are you? in case you're wondering, i'm 33 or so. i stopped paying attention after my son was born and forgot what age i was back then. he's 17 months old. i think i aged 26 months in the last 17.
     
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    I'm a senior CS major, focusing on Software development.

    Still getting my feet wet at the moment, and trying to do as much as possible. Right now my focus has been on web stuff, as currently it's paying the bills for me.

    Were most of you guys CS majors, IT type majors, or did you just pick it up on your own and roll with it? Any of you guys go for post BS educations; IE masters/phd? I've been debating heavily on going that route, as I've always wanted my MBA.
     
  11. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Nah, I stopped at Bull Shit. I don't really think I need More Shit just yet, and I certainly don't need to Pile it Higher and Deeper.
     
  12. dissonance

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    No professional or school experience, just what I learn from online and read. For the past couple years I have been a free on-call tech support person for the church that my mom works at (their IT staff, yes they actually have a couple guys, to be frank is a bunch of idiots who have no clue what they are doing). For a little over 10 years, if not longer, I have been a hobbiest (granted for part of that I was too young to do much). I think I made my first website when I was 13 and a stupid joke virus when I was 14 (not sure on the ages) but I'm 24 now.

    I currently work for an external storage company as a price analyst. That's what we do at the location I work at. I will finally graduate college in December with a degree in accounting.
     
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    my experience is pretty much nothing more than what you get having computers as a hobby for a few years :hs: i don't know shit about shit other than standard hardware. :hs:
     
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    I'm with thebox on this, mainly just the standard hardware because I've been building computers and upgrading them for the past several years. As for programming I know what one semester of CS and one semester of MIS will teach you minus what 3 years of business college will make you forget.
     
  15. trouphaz

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    i was a CS major, but went into the system side instead of development or any kind of programming. so, while i'm glad i got my degree, i wouldn't say CS in particular did too much for my career other than getting me used to messing around in UNIX while trying to do my programming assignments. though, i got my PC desktop support job specifically because i had some basic UNIX experience. my boss was the existing UNIX admin and wanted out of the technical side of things. so, she hired me for showing some knowledge and interest in the subject. i didn't have my degree yet though. :p

    i have 0 interest in anything beyond my BA (i don't even have a BS) as i've been pretty successful with what i have. hell, i was making more money without a degree than some of my friends are making many years later.
     
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    mostly self taught but recently went back to school and got my associates of applied sciences in 'networking and convergence technologies'
    will be going to UW in the spring time for a bachelor's in CS. i've been a TA in large Microsoft / Cisco lab classes
    helping students troubleshoot their routers and servers while i was assistant to the network admin for my school,
    oftentimes correcting things and implementing solutions he never even thought of. I'm 23 now and have been operating computers
    since I was in the kindergarten when I would program games on our old Commodore64. Fuck i miss playing 'grog's revenge'.
    Most of my hardware and software programming skills are still self taught even though i went to school,
    i was always more of the teacher's assistant than actually a student.
    Been working on my own projects and fixing things for friends forever now.
    Looking forward to securing my first IT job in the nearby future :love:
     
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    i plan on getting my masters as i only have 1.5 years left for my bachelors and still have 4 years of GET credits leftover to spend.
    (guaranteed education tuition)
     
  18. cmsurfer

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    I've been messing with computers since I was 14 or 15. I'm 28 now. Got a BS in Information Technology from college, but I've learned most of the computer stuff on my own. I've been a Network Admin at my job going on 6 years. I'm a Windows guy...
     
  19. Stilgar1973

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    8 years as a computer operator. I have experience with the AS/400 as well as an older IBM system we got rid of 5 years ago.
    HP 3000 experience, a tiny tiny bit of Unix experience.

    As a hobby I have studied networking. I took a year long CISCO CCNA course, but was unable to pass the testing.

    I have an A+ cert and many years of hobby PC building and repair.
     
  20. awns729

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    I'm going to be starting Comp Engineering classes on THIS Monday (gonna be a sophmore). I plan on doing a minor in Economics and an MBA, and maybe another Masters after that. People tell me that it worked out well, because I got to skip the BS classes Freshman have to take since I had credits to fulfill them. I haven't taken any of the Engineering classes yet but am done with Calc 2 and Physics 1. I also plan on getting my A+ certificaton soon.

    I've been playing with Computers since I was little. It's funny though - if I didn't go on porn sites as a kid, I probably would never have learned the basics about temporary internet files, cookies, etc, etc. That's where I started learning stuff (beyond basic use of computers), and I kept learning all throughout high school. Built my first computer about two years ago and have been reading here and there about anything tech related since then.

    Also took a bunch of CS classes in high school since 9th grade. I can code a little on the intro level in VB/C++/Java, and I was actually one of the best in the class (not to be pompous), except I don't really have a desire to learn coding on my own, unless I think of a cool program to write. I really prefer a classroom setting and having the topics verbally explained to me instead of reading about them, which kind of sucks. It's annoying to have to look up stuff online when sometimes I'm not evne sure it applies to the type of thing I'm trying to do in my program.
     
  21. Hate Crime

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    And you are probably smarter than most of the techs I end up dealing with just by being self taught. I am an in-house tech/administrator for an insurance software company and deal with idiot techs who know little to nothing about setting up a simple workgroup for 4 computers, let alone install antivirus. :sadwavey:
     
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