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    Crunch Time!!!! zing28's Avatar
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    How many IT weenies in the forum...

    Been reading some of the computer threads. Seems like there's a lot of knowledgable people here.

    Just wondering... who does it for living...

    Who wants to do it for a living...

    What do you do at your IT job? Happy with your position? Future goals in the field?

    Schooling? certifications?

    I've been in the field for about 10 years. CNE and MCP. Havent bothered with a lot of the Microsoft tests. No time!!!

    My job is server hardware and OS's. Although Netware is just about phased out. The corporation that bought us a few years ago is a Microsoft shop. Project planning, roadmapping, etc. Finally getting a SAN next year. It's in the budget.... yay!

    Next move for me would be out of the trenches. Definitely like my position now. I never dread going to work in the morning. (It does have it's moments though!)
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    Netware still lives??

    Wow.

    I'm a small cog in a big IT shop. MS .NET stuff, mostly web-based internal apps. Moving towards service oriented architecture and possibly MS Office development (The company is a paper-pushing company, it just makes sense). I'm learning that the buzzwords and movements around SOA, iterative development and formalizing process (i.e. RUP, Agile, etc) is really just applied common sense and teaching project owners a little about IT and sharing information.

    I've been around the block, was in college when Mosaic .9 came out, and rode the wave more or less accordingly (though not as nicely as some of the big winners out there). Got on with a start up in 1996, we were bought in 2001, and I left it before it was completely absorbed by the parent, moving across the country with the girlfriend (following her new job). I'm a work-to-live sort, though I'll do the extra hours when needed. I rarely sit at the computer at home. I have only one computer, but two bikes

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    Netware still rocks. I'm a professor at a community college. I teach computer and network security. Wouldn't want to do anything else. It's a lot of fun and even better when you see students end-up in the job that they wanted. My "formal" training began in 1998 although I had been in charge of computers since 1988. Been an NT admin at some point and have used a variety of OSes somewhere along the line.

    Edit: Certs: MCSE (NT), A+, CISSP

    Working on: CEH and thinking (saving) to do a SANS cert or two.
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    another geek here...although I just joined this forum so I might not count in you sampling. I currently am writing and maintaining VB apps with a sql server back end. Some web development but not a lot. I've been doing this long enough to have used punch cards.

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    I'm a data modeler / ETL designer / developer. I've been doing this kind of work since the early 90's.

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    unix technical support provider

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    Hello geeky people.

    I work for a software vendor which markets an accounting program to radio and television stations.

    Our program is windows-based with a Sybase backend soon to become MS SQL Server.

    I am "second level" support which is supposed to mean that I handle database, network and hardware issues. It really means I do all of that plus anything else that the "first level" software support folks can't troubleshoot. It's surprising the lack of troubleshooting skills at first level.

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    Checking in. I'm the tech for a high school.

    Pros:
    I'm the only guy here, so I get left alone most of the time.
    It's usually a pretty fun job.

    Cons:
    I'm the only guy here, so I can get swamped.
    It's a Catholic high school, so I'm basically a well paid volunteer

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    Unix admin. Mostly Solaris,RedHat, and Veritas. A little HP-UX thrown in as well. Manage a vcs cluster, Linux web farm and other misc servers.

    Netware 3.x cert a million years ago.
    Sun Certified Engineer a while back.
    CCNA (about to expire).

    Heck, who's got time to get certified any more?
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    I'm the sole Network Admin for a large Variable Data Printing Co. in Midtown Manhattan, 30 Windows based servers, 100 desktops (50% mac/50% PC). Exchange, blah blah blah.

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    I'm the only net admin for a small isp (2000 customers). Mostly redhat, few windows servers for the office people to use. I like it.

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    I'm a network tech for a medium-sized HMO. Cable puller and screwdriver jockey mostly. I'm in the datacenter where we have about 600 servers and assorted switches and routers blah blah. There are about 9,000 mostly Windows-based desktops in our enterprise.

    I have interviewed for an admin position so I can put down my screwdriver and sit up in 'Mission Control' on third shift four nights a week (yay!). I was supposed to find out Friday whether I got the spot, but still haven't heard anything (boooo!).

    I have an MCSE in NT4, and recently scored an 828 on my CCNA exam.... which sounds OK except that I needed 849 to pass

    I'll be taking it again June 4.

    (Our server guys like Netware. As one of them told me, "The default is for all holes to be closed, and you can open them as you wish. Micro$oft's default is for all holes to be open, and you have to find and close them.")

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    Sorta, but not really. I am in QA and I am not interested in Star Wars.
    Higher ground for the apocalypse!

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    Working for a small software company. WE do have a windows product, but most clients are still using our DOS based stuff. I worked support, but now work in the conversion dept. Oh the joys of taking two db's and making them one. Woohooo. But of course that beats having to support a dos product on XP machine,and trying all sorts of netbui commands in the attempt to fool the ports to print with a USB printer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PainTrain
    (Our server guys like Netware. As one of them told me, "The default is for all holes to be closed, and you can open them as you wish. Micro$oft's default is for all holes to be open, and you have to find and close them.")
    I think you automatically get another 10 points on any test when you stop using a $ to write Microsoft.

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    No pain, no gain. PainTrain's Avatar
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    Once they give you the MCSE you are required to spell 'Micro$oft' for life, sorry.

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    I'm in custom software development. Currently doing data warehouse junk with a tool called Microstrategy. Basically we extract data for reports that the executives use to run the business. I've been doing custom software for 12 years now, using C, Java, Pro*C, PL/SQL, Oracle Forms, this Microstrategy junk and various MS SQL Server tools. I preferred the Java & Oracle environments, but am most current with the data warehouse stuff. It pays the bills, so here I am. I believe certifications are much like MBAs: a theoretical proof of knowledge. Show me what you can do in the real world.

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    Software developer, now.

    Before that, I did PC-based automation in factories. Before that, I dropped out of my physics PHD during the dot com boom because I liked instrumentation and software development and I wanted to be paid and have a life.

    I want to get back into instrumentation and automation work. I hate the painfully boring, painfully annoying jsp-based development I am doing right now. That's why I am here on bikeforums way too much.

    When I all of a sudden start posting rarely, it will be because I got a new job.

    As for certs...
    The IT architects we have here don't believe in certs. I think you'll find that all of the elite orgs don't care about certs, they look at your work experience and go by references (people they know).

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    Quote Originally Posted by H23
    As for certs...
    The IT architects we have here don't believe in certs. I think you'll find that all of the elite orgs don't care about certs, they look at your work experience and go by references (people they know).
    Isn't that the truth. I stopped caring about certifications after I took the CCNA in college, then saw who else passed from my classes. They aren't a realistic measure of anything, and way too easy to cheat on.

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    Veteran Cable monkey, Just partitioned my Mac Laptop for the Power PC version of Ubuntu Linux. Debian Based entertainment. Still can't get the darn thing to find the internet though. I new this was going to be an issue because Ubuntu doesent support the Airport Extreme cards.
    Oh yeah and I install Media Networks and Wireless Hotspots for my Father.
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    Certs aren't a realistic measure of what you can actually do. They do get your foot in the door. 10,000 want ads can't be all wrong.

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    aye! App services - basically beat up on network/infrastructure geeks that take out my production apps

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    Quote Originally Posted by PainTrain
    Certs aren't a realistic measure of what you can actually do. They do get your foot in the door. 10,000 want ads can't be all wrong.
    I don't want to work for the kind of company that requires certification.

    So the want ads that do ask for it immediately eliminate themselves from consideration...

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    Mainframe systems programmer here. We run z/OS 1.4 on an IBM z800 eServer using an EMC DMX1000 for our DASD array. Also have a couple of very cool tape robotic libraries being in charge of one of them (IBM 3590 ATL/VTL systems).

    I'm glad we don't have the certification hassles on this side of the house.

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    I'm an IT Supervisor....here is what I do with my "uniform" shirts...

    (that's a 5 gallon beer fermentor sitting in a tub of cold water with a polo over it. The polo sucks up the water and keeps the unit cool so it doesn't get over 74 degrees)

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