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#1 Nov 16 2011 at 6:36 PM Rating: Good
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The more I peruse this site the more I realize its filled with IT people.
Just to satisfy my curiosity who all is in a tech. job out there?
I ask because I'm in college now taking Comp. Engineering and once I know who you are I will shamelessly bombard you with questions. Smiley: grinSmiley: grin
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#4 Nov 16 2011 at 7:26 PM Rating: Excellent
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#5 Nov 16 2011 at 7:36 PM Rating: Good
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I'm not as up on new stuff as I need to be. I used to test and inspect computers for dell a few years back.
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#7 Nov 16 2011 at 8:08 PM Rating: Excellent
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#8 Nov 16 2011 at 9:06 PM Rating: Decent
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Alright expect random panic induced questions at 5am before an assignment is due.
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SSubZero wrote:

MNK: "OK we're gonna go in and get those items."
WHM: "Did you have a plan?"
MNK: "Plan? I was going to walk through the front door and start punching people."
#9 Nov 16 2011 at 9:21 PM Rating: Good
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I am a student in the MIT program at UGA, Master of Internet Technology, so at night I'm learning to program Android phones and deal with back end SQL databases and stuff.
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#10 Nov 16 2011 at 11:18 PM Rating: Excellent
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I just got turned into one of two main Server / Network administration people as my primary job at other job. Before that it was Primary on the workstation side of things, along with software compliance, programming, and everythign else. Now I do all that, but I kick routers and switches and sling fiberchannel cards around more often. Lots of hands on, lots of ordering of expensive toys, lots of document writing, lots of codeing, lots of computer building and rebuilding, and now server building and rebuilding. I make the OS images. I used to make all the statewide benchmarking and acceptance trial documents for new hardware. I personally saved a certain state government just under 1 million dollars last year during a certain software audit by a certain Adobe corporation, so I like to think I have job security for a few years.

Right now i'm alternating between updating some of our woefully out of date server applications, and creating useful documentation for the thingies that my predecessor never documented. We had multiple production frontline file servers that hadn't had a firmware update in 5 years. Things like that have been fun to deal with. But basically it keeps things interesting, there is always something to be done.

Ironically my degree isn't even in IT, it's in Security and Intellegence studies.
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#11 Nov 17 2011 at 6:46 AM Rating: Excellent
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I was working on the same major until this semester. Going the Networking/Security route now.

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#12 Nov 17 2011 at 1:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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#13 Nov 17 2011 at 1:47 PM Rating: Good
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Computer Engineering major senior here, soon to go super seniorjin. Analog is evil, digital is <3. Make friends with electrical engineers, computer engineers, and computer science peoples.
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#14 Nov 17 2011 at 2:25 PM Rating: Default
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I dunno about those electrical engineering people. Seem kinda odd.
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MNK: "OK we're gonna go in and get those items."
WHM: "Did you have a plan?"
MNK: "Plan? I was going to walk through the front door and start punching people."
#15 Nov 17 2011 at 2:30 PM Rating: Good
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Computer Engineering major senior here, soon to go super seniorjin. Analog is evil, digital is <3. Make friends with electrical engineers, computer engineers, and computer science peoples.


Technically speaking I would fall into the super senior as well. Spent 3 years at a 4 year working on my IT major only to be dumb and let a girl cloud my judgement. Ended up taking a year and a half off of school and now I'm back working on my associates for IT.

Now I need to find a 4 year again that supports online IT programs so I can lock down that bachelor's degree. Then, possibly work towards my masters. Who knows... Just gotta keep dreaming big.
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I'm pretty much a unix/linux centric IT guy. I've done everything from system imaging, to network analysis, to fileserver administration, to database server administration, to remote site integration/configuration, to specialty hardware management. What I mostly do these days is process integration, automation, and optimization. Basically, I figure out how to make some new system/hardware work in our engineering environment and figure out how to improve existing methodologies, and then figure out how to automate such things as much as possible.

If you need help figuring out how to take a 400 line perl/python script requiring OS/version specific modules which someone spent a month writing and turn it into a 20 line ksh script that'll run on every unix/linux system in the world natively, I'm your guy.
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#17 Nov 17 2011 at 2:38 PM Rating: Good
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I've done minimal scripting in Linux for school but the other day in my net os class I had to put in like 20 users into my server w/o the use of a batch file. The first thing I thought of was "I could use a script for this if it were linux..."

Good thing I'm batch file illiterate.
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#18 Nov 17 2011 at 8:36 PM Rating: Decent
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I've enjoyed the linux end of my learning so far. But its only one class out of the 3 years that even mentions it.
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MNK: "OK we're gonna go in and get those items."
WHM: "Did you have a plan?"
MNK: "Plan? I was going to walk through the front door and start punching people."
#19 Nov 17 2011 at 9:40 PM Rating: Decent
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I've enjoyed the linux end of my learning so far. But its only one class out of the 3 years that even mentions it.


Are you talking about classes on the subject? Or classes in which you use linux/unix in some way? Because I'm a bit surprised that you could be in a comp-eng major and not have to use unix in some way for just about every other class. Every programming class I've taken used unix. Even the Assembler class used a unix based 8088 simulator. Java, C, C++, all on unix systems. Heck. Even the broad "programming concepts" class I took once that included brief bits using such valuable languages as fortran and lisp were run on unix. I actually don't think I touched a windows system for any course that involved computers in any way.

Might be based on how the school is set up though.
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#20 Nov 18 2011 at 9:04 AM Rating: Default
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I've rarely used unix for programming at school. I took a bad ese introducting to c course which didn't touch unix. A c/c++ course and 3xjava courses that only used unix for handing in homework. I'm taking Advanced Programming in Unix/C now where we program in unix and compile on multiple hosts, usually unix based.

But yeah it's not as common as it used to be. We used Eclipse for java and visual studios for c/c++. I think we could have used unix for java/c/c++ programming if we wanted to.. but honestly why would you want to torture yourself?

I say become friends with EE people because computer engineering is basically EE with a side order of programming. There's a reason you can't double major in eletrical engineering and computer engineering. (At stonybrook at least)
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#21 Nov 18 2011 at 11:42 AM Rating: Decent
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Peimei wrote:
I've enjoyed the linux end of my learning so far. But its only one class out of the 3 years that even mentions it.


Are you talking about classes on the subject? Or classes in which you use linux/unix in some way? Because I'm a bit surprised that you could be in a comp-eng major and not have to use unix in some way for just about every other class. Every programming class I've taken used unix. Even the Assembler class used a unix based 8088 simulator. Java, C, C++, all on unix systems. Heck. Even the broad "programming concepts" class I took once that included brief bits using such valuable languages as fortran and lisp were run on unix. I actually don't think I touched a windows system for any course that involved computers in any way.

Might be based on how the school is set up though.


Nope Touched on open suse a tiny bit in operating systems1. Operating systems 2 is learning ubuntu. C, C#, assembly all windows based. I think the CSI class does pearl in linux but thats about it. Just started working with mySQL today and I think I'm going to do alot of outside learning to get more linux/unix experience.
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MNK: "OK we're gonna go in and get those items."
WHM: "Did you have a plan?"
MNK: "Plan? I was going to walk through the front door and start punching people."
#22 Nov 18 2011 at 11:44 AM Rating: Decent
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I say become friends with EE people because computer engineering is basically EE with a side order of programming. There's a reason you can't double major in eletrical engineering and computer engineering. (At stonybrook at least)

The EET's at my school seem like a bunch of meatheads compared to the insecure, magic playing ubernerds that make up the Comp. Eng. techs. I fall somewhere in between.
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MNK: "OK we're gonna go in and get those items."
WHM: "Did you have a plan?"
MNK: "Plan? I was going to walk through the front door and start punching people."
#23 Nov 18 2011 at 12:20 PM Rating: Good
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Between two different schools I had to take 2 classes of C++, Java at both schools, some SQL stuff for the four year school's database class, and an entire class for Linux at my tech school. They offer a second linux class but the demand is rather lacking for it, pretty sure it's myself and my buddy only.

I just don't understand how anyone can enjoy coding, I find it far too tedious for my liking.
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#24 Nov 18 2011 at 3:36 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm learning to love coding.
Well trying to anyways. Wrapping my head around AND, OR, XOR. etc. and binary calculations is still difficult though.
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MNK: "OK we're gonna go in and get those items."
WHM: "Did you have a plan?"
MNK: "Plan? I was going to walk through the front door and start punching people."
#25 Nov 18 2011 at 4:16 PM Rating: Excellent
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I just don't understand how anyone can enjoy coding, I find it far too tedious for my liking.


That's just because you suck at it. Smiley: smile
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