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Old 05-26-2005, 13:24   #1
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Who here is in IT?

What are you specialities and how long have you been doing it, where are you located?
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Old 05-26-2005, 15:02   #2
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I refuse to answer that question, as your avatar says you're at my moms..... ;6

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Old 05-26-2005, 15:03   #3
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I am an OpenVMS type guy working in the telecom industry in the DFW area of TX.

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Old 05-26-2005, 15:31   #4
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I am an OpenVMS type guy working in the telecom industry in the DFW area of TX.

-Lonnie
Linux / Windows admin here, we also have an OpenVMS server here for our telephone billing, in the 4 years I have been here it has only gone down once, and that was to move it across the street. Rock solid that thing is.
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Old 05-26-2005, 15:36   #5
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Linux / Windows admin here, we also have an OpenVMS server here for our telephone billing, in the 4 years I have been here it has only gone down once, and that was to move it across the street. Rock solid that thing is.
Yup, that's what VMS is all about. Too bad the folks that sell it seem so bent on killing it by driving up the cost so much.

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Old 05-26-2005, 19:04   #6
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Server admin and desktop support since 95. Other IT since 86. I am in East Tennessee. Not a lot of choices here. Anyone try for a computer security certification? That seems like a growth industry.
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Old 05-26-2005, 19:22   #7
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Server admin and desktop support since 95. Other IT since 86. I am in East Tennessee. Not a lot of choices here. Anyone try for a computer security certification? That seems like a growth industry.
Me too, except just started this year. Gotta love the gubmint. Once I get some more experience I am thinking security might be a good choice. Alas, I am a newb, what do I know?
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Old 05-26-2005, 19:27   #8
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Old 05-26-2005, 20:28   #9
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I'm asking cause I've got a meeting with a perspective client and they have offices in 4 other states....


Might be looking for contractors....
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Old 05-26-2005, 21:05   #10
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Winblows/Linux/Cisco

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Old 05-26-2005, 21:28   #11
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Old 05-26-2005, 23:58   #12
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I used to be in IT.


Worked internal phone helpdesks, last job was networking, before that outlook, before that general helpdesk with a little of everything thrown in (vax, mainframe, operating systems, specialized apps, etc...)

I'm kind of a jack of all trades.


for the last year my language abilites have paid the bills, but I miss my old job, was a great gig.
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Old 05-27-2005, 04:24   #13
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Started programming in 1978 on a Cray (went to work with Dad)
Got sidetracked into the Army for a while, was ISSO there as additional duty.
Now I do petty stuff like forensics, network security, etc.
If it's a type of UNIX, I probably have it running somewhere or have it ready to load for malware or vulerability testing.
I believe I'm in IT.

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Old 05-27-2005, 04:32   #14
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My mother is a programmer for a government agency and my girlfriend is a programmer for the Italian telephone company.I have always been in a house with a terminal,long before PC's.I studied math but IT always bored me.
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Old 05-27-2005, 05:19   #15
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Old 05-27-2005, 06:20   #16
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What do you consider to be IT? Networking? Programming? Anything involving computers?
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Old 05-27-2005, 06:26   #17
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Started as a Meteorology Tech, then became a programer (FORTRAN, COBOL) because of the need to deal with the volume of data, worked on CDC and Data General systems, then went to work for DEC (Digital Equipment Corp) where I was a Software Specialist for 12 years (yes openVMS rules!), till the company went out of business~sd, then a few years as a contract programmer/system administrator/network administrator, then my current job working for a Internet hosting center, providing technical support, more system admin(Windows:( , Solaris, Linux), and network admin.

Total of 25 or so years.
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Old 05-27-2005, 09:23   #18
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I've been doing this stuff for a long time. Windows, Mac, Linus, Unix, all of it. I'm primarily a break/fix tech, but I can do pretty much everything. Spent a few years writing software for the military (NEVER again), and now I'm managing a local shop doing break/fix stuff onsite and in-house. After my stint doing software development, it became aparent to me that coding is CUBICLE HELL!!! ;f and I'll never do it again. I've had Novell and NT Admin experience, so I keep applying for those cushy Admin jobs, but no bites yet.

Im in VA right now, but I want to move to Vegas (best...city...ever) and I've been throwing out tons of resumes, but so far nothing...I guess I'll just have to pick up and move first. heh.
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Old 05-27-2005, 10:08   #19
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I graduated from Penn State in 2003. I have been doing software development since then. The company that I'm with now uses mainly .NET. VB.NET, ASP.NET, C#, Java, XML. Located in Pittsburgh, PA.
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Old 05-27-2005, 10:10   #20
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What do you consider to be IT? Networking? Programming? Anything involving computers?

Well IT would cover Information Technology or we could go with IS which would cover Information Systems. It's a pretty wide open field.

My firm does everything from HTML to Oracle to all OS's to Telco to training to dealing with your providers.
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Old 05-27-2005, 12:12   #21
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Network Analyst for about a year now.

I started as a helpdesk intern as a freshman (everything done in person, no phone help, thank god) and worked my way up helpdesk tech, helpdesk supervisor, network tech and now this.

I miss re-adding toolbars to old ladies machines though. There isn't any easy stuff now, it's all a complicated PITA.
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Old 05-27-2005, 16:20   #22
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I have done ISP help-desk phone teching; I did the network admin thing - doing server/LAN&WAN setups, maintenance and troubleshooting; helped run a busy PC shop (for the ISP) for awhile, and did a lot of Wireless ISP and WLAN setups in homes and small businesses.

Now I sell maintenance contracts to corporate entities and small businesses and I also do PC builds, repairs and tutoring out of my home.

BTW, I currently make 3X the cash I did while earning my bones working for chronically hung-over retards as a wage slave in the trenches.

And now it's all on my own time. I go fishing or gold prospecting when I am not making the big $$$ on-site.

Life is GOOD. ;f ;a ;f

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Old 05-27-2005, 22:38   #23
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I tried to do the same thing for a while, but never built the customer base to make a living at it. As of now I've got like 3 reliable customers that I do work for every now and again. I know what you mean about the pay though, I make $10 shoveling crap at this shop but I make $50 on my own time. So yeah, if I had the customer base to do it, I'd just live on it.

Any of you techs out there ever do work for PC-SOS?? (its a subcontracting company holding national on-site wty contracts for Toshiba and others) I've been doing a lot of those through the shop lately, and they pay $75/trip on their calls...Of course, I don't see that, but I'm wondering if theres enough of a market out there to just do those for a living. If you get 10 trips/week, thats $750 a week. Not too shabby compared to what I'm making now.
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Old 05-28-2005, 01:28   #24
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Any of you techs out there ever do work for PC-SOS?? (its a subcontracting company holding national on-site wty contracts for Toshiba and others) I've been doing a lot of those through the shop lately, and they pay $75/trip on their calls...Of course, I don't see that, but I'm wondering if theres enough of a market out there to just do those for a living. If you get 10 trips/week, thats $750 a week. Not too shabby compared to what I'm making now.
Think I did something similar

I worked part-time as a sub for someone who did contract work for a 3d-party company that did onsite warranties for Best Buy, Sears, etc.

It was OK. Territory was too large for the money I made (about $35 a trip). Sometimes you'd get bad parts (parts that WERE TAGGED BAD!), wrong parts, etc., and have to resked. Houses with crap all over the floors, etc. Typical BS.

Of course if all you do is office calls (like our local Dell lemming) it's smooth sailing!
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Old 05-28-2005, 22:18   #25
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