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Link Posted: 4/9/2009 11:04:19 AM EST
Howdy doody 1337 people.

20 yr old techy have done i.t. work and networking since I was 16 and now I am currently working at an Apple store doing tech work for Apple and sales.
Link Posted: 5/23/2009 4:59:48 PM EST

Originally Posted By rebelace:

Howdy doody 1337 people.

20 yr old techy have done i.t. work and networking since I was 16 and now I am currently working at an Apple store doing tech work for Apple and sales.


Link Posted: 5/31/2009 2:10:39 PM EST
Professional data center systems administrator here.  My home system is running Windows Server 2003 (32-bit) on an Intel Core 2 Duo, 3.0 GHz, 4 GB RAM.

I am running VMWare Free server.  Today I am playing with that, just deployed a VM for the latest Windows 7 beta, 64-bit.  It kind of weirds me out running a 64-bit guest OS, but it seems to be running well.
Link Posted: 6/20/2009 3:24:48 AM EST
MCP, MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, CCNA - blah blah blah

Windows focused systems engineer. Doing a lot of work with SharePoint and VMWare at the moment. Started out building PCs when I was 13.
Link Posted: 6/20/2009 9:45:55 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/15/2009 4:53:26 PM EST
Hi guys

Net Admin/IT Director here. I got out of the gun manufacturing biz a few years ago and decided to get into IT. A couple of Cisco certs and lots of scut work later here I am, building dot com start-ups.
Link Posted: 7/20/2009 2:53:09 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/20/2009 2:54:42 PM EST by geneSW]
22 years old... got my first comptuer at age 11. It was a P2 200mhz! (Woo hoo!) old dell machine IIRC, next was a P3 and then I built my first comptuer at age 12... an old AMD xp 2000 with 512mb of DDR 400 ram and a BFGtech 5500FX AGp video card... Oh yea, UT2k4 was great on that. Well.. I've been doing general computer building and repair sense then. Oh, i'm also currently re-working an entire network at a animal shelter because the guy who set it up is using an old P4 Centrino CPU running Win2000 Sp4 as the main server instead of just setting up a regular home network and sharing one extra HD as a shared drive. lol.

Edit: forgot to include that i'm starting up school for a BA in Networking through Strayer University. Fully paid for thanks to TA through USAF and a schollership that Strayer has for military to cover the other half of the costs of classes!
Link Posted: 8/28/2009 9:12:56 AM EST
Hello everyone!  I'm 22 years old and I know most of everyone seems to be working with the computer lol well atleast I use em.  I recieved a Bachelors in Virtual Modeling and Design from The University of Advancing Technology in Arizona and I am in the process of becoming a 3D artist.  I will be hopefully be helping making those games that everyone loves to play.
Link Posted: 9/2/2009 9:42:27 PM EST
28 years IT.  Started with big iron, finished in little iron. Retired Admin. Experience with all Windows Server up to and including 2003/Exchange/IIS/all flavors of Windows OS/Hardware
HP 3000. Old programming languages ( Cobol Fortran RPG BASIC ). Currently refreshing my VB skills. Ran a 500 desktop/20 server local .gov domain. If you need help, just holler..
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 2:46:06 AM EST

Impressive resume excerpts posted in here...

I have uploaded over a terabyte's worth of copyrighted multi-media files (mainly porn) through torrent sharing communities.

Link Posted: 9/28/2009 6:47:15 PM EST
11 years IT Support experience. Familiarity Novell, Windows, Mac OS X, Windows Domain Networking, basic wireless and IP communications.
Link Posted: 10/9/2009 12:46:19 PM EST
19 years IT here. Windows, Novell, Solaris. 10 year road warrior for Sun / Storagetek on big iron tape libraries and SAN. Now DR/ business continuity consultant for large scale corp data systems.
Link Posted: 12/23/2009 4:45:32 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/23/2009 4:46:08 PM EST by thompsondd]
Cisco Systems Engineer

been in IT about 16 years or so...............

Link Posted: 12/24/2009 12:26:44 PM EST

Nick from KY, 23 yrs old, 7 years experience with hardware / software with various Windows OS.

Microsoft Xbox and Xbox 360 heavily modified as well.
Link Posted: 12/28/2009 8:59:52 PM EST
I am a nerd who loves to build and fool around with computers. I am tech support for everyone I know but not formally trained, I just built a Quad-Core 64-Bit Win 7 Ultimate box for myself yesterday. I am trying to make the 8 Gigs of ram smoke with some video editing tonight. I enjoy black tower computers and black rifles equally. (to be honest maybe 60-40 on the nerd side) I enjoy all the good info here in this forum, thanks
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 9:22:20 AM EST
Originally Posted By CJan_NH:
Hi guys

Net Admin/IT Director here. I got out of the gun manufacturing biz a few years ago and decided to get into IT. A couple of Cisco certs and lots of scut work later here I am, building dot com start-ups.

Howdy! Nice to meet you over here too.

Got out of the Navy in '95 as a communications electronics technician. Literally stepped off the ship and drove to my next job doing network support. That led to some minor software development and then I spent some time as a project manager running three offices covering the entire state of FL.

Got tired of all the PM-related travel and became a development consultant with Computer Associates. After 2 years there I abandoned ship and went to work for my client. Been here ever since. Started out doing VB work for them, then Delphi. I wrote a document management system since that was my background and then spent time on a fat-client front-end for the mainframe. Switched groups and did a web app interface for a couple of years. Switched groups again and for the past 5 years or so I've been doing Java development with web services. I'm the middleware between the mainframe and internal/external apps.
Link Posted: 2/10/2010 2:00:54 PM EST

im a sys admin for a telecom that provides VOIP for inmates in prison systems.  i manage about 270 linux servers, all RHEL (well, some CentOS, mainly just the support infrastructure such a DNS DHCP/PXE, etc no sense in wasting RHEL entitlements on that).  my big thing lately is clustered systems utilizing shared SAN storage and RHEL Clustering suite, bonded network configs, and the like.  so far, nearly everything can cluster and its big fun!  all installations are PXE/diskless, so to all the infrastructure is in place at all our data centers, then when a server just fscks up royally, just reboot it and hit 12, and wait 3 minutes for the OS to pull down from NFS.  im blessed that im working in an all dell environment, and everything i run is all still under warranty.  nothing in our production environment is older than 3 years, and im in a constant flow of hardware refresh.  this also means we have a constant stream of left over hardware that finds its way into our lab environment, so its really nice having all that and its just one generation behind what we run in production.
Link Posted: 2/10/2010 3:45:49 PM EST
Been back on the tools for 6 months now. Was an Installation / Deinstallation Co-ordinator for a trading company dealing with anything from PC's to datacentres but was made redundant after 18 years last April. Was out of work for 3 months then got a couple of phone calls. One job was in Norway, the other in London. I took the London job!

Currently a Second Line / Project Engineer playing  with Voice / data comms, Blackberry,  3g connectivity and also looking after OS patch management for 1000+ Win XP boxes. At least I'm not getting pigeonholed, although I do wish accessing shooting forums (and proxy servers) wasn't banned!
Link Posted: 2/16/2010 7:22:52 PM EST
I just recently got computer smart. Since then I do just about everything at work. Networking, repair, building, Windows ME, XP Pro, 7 Pro, Novell. Thats bout all
Link Posted: 2/23/2010 1:32:08 AM EST
Seeing as I figure I will be around for a while I should say hello and tell you a little about me.
Compared to everyone else I don't seem like I have much experience at all. I'm 19 working on Dual Associates Degrees in Network Administration and Computer Programing. I worked part-time at a local ISP doing Technical Support/Billing/Sales for about a year. Less then 6 months in I became the DSL supervisor. I can tell you for a fact that the horror stories you hear coming out of tech support are true.... I have a very good knowledge of Windows 95 all the way to Vista and a decent understanding of Macs, and Linux. Also have done a lot of work with consumer grade, DSL, wired, and wireless router/modems. Also, the thing that probably annoys me the most is peoples failure to pronounce my screen name.

So just remember Pi is Pronounced PIE, NOT Pea.


Link Posted: 6/6/2010 7:29:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/6/2010 7:31:13 PM EST by LORD-eX-Bu]
mainframe operator for a big .gov contractor or two and some other stuff, just here because I want recommendations on a new laptop  

Link Posted: 8/17/2010 3:10:40 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/4/2011 1:59:25 PM EST by vim]
senior technical/management

Link Posted: 11/25/2010 7:59:23 AM EST
22yrs experience in PC's and Servers. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer for over 15yrs. Manage my own Consulting Company with employees and everything for the last 19yrs.
Link Posted: 11/25/2010 8:09:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/25/2010 8:12:35 AM EST by LukeDuke]
Im Luke i'm 19, just started doing database work for a real estate company...we shall see where it goes from here.
Link Posted: 11/29/2010 12:26:46 PM EST

Originally Posted By snake_eyes:

29 YO pc repairman.  I know just enough to get by, but I'm always asking questions.

OK, I'm now 33 years old.  I still have a PC repair business on the side.  I now work with pyro6988 (who is a network administrator) as his assistant and only staff member at a five branch/seven building business.

Link Posted: 12/21/2010 9:09:30 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/21/2010 9:10:31 PM EST by firewall_03]
I been messing with computers for a while.  I run Ubuntu 10.10 and love every minute of it, almost have my associates but I went to a stupid school and dropped out and got a job driving a truck.

and I own page 8
Link Posted: 12/22/2010 12:49:55 PM EST
I've been dabbling in computers since 'almost the early days'.

First box was a CP/M Z80 64k, dual 8" floppies, dedicated serial monitor. circa 1978 +/-

Since then, have had several small businesses selling and supporting various hardware and applications.

Currently, support a few select, specialized local small businesses on the hardware/network level,

on a very part-time level.

Basically, friends and family sort of stuff.
Link Posted: 12/28/2010 2:33:48 PM EST
Just a tech junkie. Been messing with hardware and building custom computers (mostly gaming rigs) for about 10 years now. Know my way around Win2k/XP/Vista/7 and am generally the go-to guy for minor tech problems out at work.
Link Posted: 1/24/2011 6:02:57 AM EST
Originally Posted By allenNH:
Worked for all manner of companies big and small from startup ISPs and development houses that didn't survive five years, to giants like AT&T and Northrop-Grumman.  I like the smaller companies better, and right now work for one that's pretty successful for having only a handful of employees.  Been with them two years, doesn't look like they're going anywhere.

Well, things change.

About two years after that post, the company laid everyone off and is out of business now.

After 2-3 months out of work I got a job @ DNSStuff as a Sr. Software Engineer and SysAdmin.  I rewrote their flagship products (DNSReport, DNSAlerts, and RBLAlerts) from scratch, migrated the hodgepodge of production servers from a mix of RHEL and CentOS to FreeBSD, created standalone development environments and a machine-for-machine staging environment with VMWare ESX.

~20 months into that gig they laid off a few people and said they were "ok", 22 months in they laid off some more that they couldn't afford (and replaced them with two new people that combined made more than the 4-5 they laid off), and about 2 months after that I was laid off and replaced by a few interns and a self-professed "sr." level guy who as it turns out is basically an intern himself.  I'm shocked they're still in business at all, but I don't believe they will be much longer.

After I was laid off I helped the COO and CTO with the new company they were starting (they were both laid off before I was) and survived on unemployment until we were bought 3-4 months ago.
Link Posted: 1/27/2011 9:18:50 AM EST
I've been in the IT world for 15+ years now.  Started on help desk and moved up to IT Manager for a large accounting firm.  I left them a few months ago and am now the IT Manager/Network Engineer for a web and consulting firm.  Been an MCSE since NT 3.51 and am starting back into the certification world again going after CCNA with the hope of eventually getting the holy grail CCIE.  We shall see
Link Posted: 2/5/2011 7:18:55 AM EST
Normally I just lurk and read, but since I have been active in this forum, figured I'd drop in and say hello.

Overall tech junkie here. Been in the IT field for 15+ years, done everything from telephone tech support to network engineering and a little bit of everything in between. Currently working for a major cable company as a Support Engineer. Nice fancy title huh?! It means that I fix internet and VoIP problems for the end user.
Link Posted: 2/25/2011 6:53:16 PM EST
Originally Posted By david_g17:
I have a Computer Science degree, a love for open source (BSD more than GPL licensed code), and i write code for 8 - 10 hours per day.

I've built a few computers, and manage a red hat server at work and an OpenBSD server at home.

That was posted: 11/18/2006 12:10:39 PM EST

I just threw away the openbsd box last month.  I still code all day.
Link Posted: 3/23/2011 11:04:14 AM EST
Haven't been to arfcom in awhile, left my old company to greener pastures.

Am a Sr. Hardware Designer, work mostly with various PCB design packages, mainly for the ATE industry to develop I/O interfacing for customers who manufacture IC's, FPGA's, BGA's, chip/die on flex, etc,., most for use on automated testers.

Also wearing the IT/ network admin hat at the new company.
Link Posted: 4/21/2011 9:45:55 AM EST
I’m a router jockey/ network admin. I’m still working my way through school slowly due to schedule. A+ Sec+, CCENT, MCP, MCTS. Working on CCNA, CCNP, MCITP: EA so much fun.  I have a lot to learn but things are getting better.
Link Posted: 4/21/2011 9:58:43 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/24/2011 7:35:04 PM EST by bcauz3y]
Link Posted: 7/4/2011 7:41:41 AM EST
New to ARFCOM...but not to IT. I've been doing it for close to 14 years now. Started off doing ISP tech support and after a small stint with a dotcom and the gov't I'm now doing UNIX and SAN support for a consulting firm. Over the past year I've moved into a low level management type position, but I still get to get into the trenches sometimes and get my hands dirty.

I'm sure like most IT folks, you've ended up as the family tech support like I have for my wife's family. Don't mind doing it for the in-laws, but when I get farmed out to others I just want to cut somebody. lol
Link Posted: 8/5/2011 9:54:26 PM EST
Quad-booting OS X, Windows, Ubuntu, and BackTrack5. "Normal" and embedded programming, and I'm way in to the security side of things.
Link Posted: 8/29/2011 9:27:45 PM EST
I'm an old fart, 54, been working on computers since I was 11. Mom had worked for IBM for awhile and then became the IT manager for a private co. They had an IBM 1130, it had 12K of core memory and a single platter HD, ran under Fortran. She would write programs and she taught me to keypunch. After a couple years she started me running the machine.

Went to community college and took several computer courses, learned C and Pascal. Worked on their Honeywell 2020 system, a whopping 48K of memory. This was 1976-77. In 1976 I started working for U.S. Treasury as a clerk. After a few years I made it into the computer room there. Worked on a Honeywell 2050, a big brother to the 2020 in college. Also on a CDC machine, an IBM 4381 and a Sperry-Univac (now Unisys) 90/20 then a Sperry 1100/80. Worked on some Unix machines too.

Bought a Commodore 64 in the early 80s and learned Basic, it had a 12k modem, talk about slowwwww... In 1992 I bought my 1st PC, a 386 machine running DOS. I ran a BB service off of that machine. Modems were 32K I believe.

In 1998 the family and I moved from Calif. to WV for a major promotion. Currently I'm a senior database admin, GS-2210-14. I work on Unisys and IBM mainframes.

I've built several PCs for myself and family
Link Posted: 9/28/2011 9:19:17 AM EST
Just noticed this forum today!  Finally found where my geek brethren hang out!

I'm in my 8th year of working in the technology field.  I started out as an "IT Specialist" for a community bank with 8 locations.  Basically, I was on-call tech-support and the voice of reason for the directors who had grand ideas and needed to know what was possible and what was a pipe-dream.

I now am the network administrator for a non-profit organization that consists of a full-time home for adults with mental disabilities and a college for young adults with similar disabilities.  I went from being very specialized in a Unix environment and proprietary bank software to what I do now, which is a little bit of everything.  I took on the current network with Novell, Windows 98 / NT, and Netgear home-class switches 5 years ago.  I've now got it on a Windows Server 2008 / Windows 7 /Windows XP environment, upgraded all the switches to Cisco 2600 series in centralized locations for distribution, rewired miles of cable to CAT 6, installed a VOIP phone system, and basically created a class of workers who are now addicted to their information.    One wonders when they were all using Yahoo email addresses and sometimes able to gain access through a flakey Novell server if they were better off just ignoring the computer systems....
Link Posted: 12/14/2011 10:59:45 AM EST
I'm US Army combat arms, lotsa years... just now starting to really appreciate hardware, software and networking and what they can do for me and my men.

Mostly here to listen and learn.  If I have questions that sound retarded, please just bear with me.

Link Posted: 12/14/2011 12:06:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By tweeter:

I'm US Army combat arms, lotsa years... just now starting to really appreciate hardware, software and networking and what they can do for me and my men.

Mostly here to listen and learn.  If I have questions that sound retarded, please just bear with me.


I'd be happy to trade in skills.

Link Posted: 1/7/2012 9:14:58 PM EST
35 year lod here.  Started with a Vic 20 to Amiga 3000 until Commodore went strictly commercial (I cried).  I then sunk my teeth into a 486SX25 and never looked back.  I built my first PC from components with a PII in the early 90s.  I networked my dormitory with thinnet in the late 90s with leftover scrap.  My buddies loved me as we played quake on IPX/SPX protocol.  I am married now with 3 kids and broke.  My rig still plays Skyrim decently well at 1080p and med high settings.
Link Posted: 1/24/2012 12:18:17 AM EST
I'm 33 and own a computer and tech support business that I started 6 years ago. I do everything for small business and residential customers from computer repair, virus removal, networking, to complete setups for new businesses and pretty much anything in between. I'm far from "knowing it all" and I'm not opinionated when it comes to brands. I know what I like and what I like to work on but I don't get into the peeing matches over Brand X vs Brand Y. I haven't seen it all, but I've seen alot and some of it is just mind blowing what customers will bring in or call me out to work on.

I'll be glad to help on the forum any help I can.

Oh and I own 3 AR-15's. One factory RRA and 2 custom builds, one of which I have a CMMG .22lr conversion in.
Link Posted: 1/24/2012 9:46:22 AM EST
Don't know how I missed this thread but I've been reading the Urban Commandos forum for a while now...

I'm 26 and work as an electrical engineer but I've been interested in computers since elementary school.  For a school project in like 4th grade I wrote a simple webpage in HTML and got my dial-up ISP to host it for me so that I could show it off at the library at my school  In middle school I was addicted to "Talkers" these chat servers written in C that people used Telnet to connect to and chat with people from all over the world. I taught myself most everything I know about C from playing around with those and that has helped me almost every day since then.  I love to program as a hobby especially now that I've discovered Visual Studio and C# I can crank out fun little windows apps in no time.

In high school for a couple of years I had a job helping out a sysadmin at an observatory in the mountains.  The highlight of my job there was setting up a new FreeBSD email server with Postfix and ClamAV and Spam Assassin scanning on all incoming mail.  I had to leave when I moved away to go to college where I got my BSEE degree.

I still build all my own computers and help out my family though they don't need me as much anymore, which is nice.  I occasionally get a wild hair and write simple programs for personal use or for my job.  I work pretty closely with our software developer and I've learned a lot about developing large programs but I leave it to him to implement my work projects.  I use Labview quite a bit and I'm thinking about taking one or two tests to get certified as a labview developer.  I don't know how much I like it but anytime someone finds out I know how to use Labview they get really excited and want me to do stuff for them.  Definitely seems like a skill thats in demand.
Link Posted: 2/7/2012 10:11:00 PM EST
Like my name says, I'm Hippies_suck and yes...  I hate me some hippies!

I dont have any high speed training on the computer.  I never had an real technical training on radios, satcom systems, or anything related.  I never was schooled on how to build my own server and maintain it with Linux, windows, mac or any other software like that.  I'm just some dumb schmuck that the government spent alot of time, money, and effort on teaching me the lessons on how to shoot, move, communicate, live in the woods, and how to fight small and limited engagements.  The rest, I learned on my own from my father (Para Rescue/Flight Medic for 3 tours in Vietnam) and Grandfather (Navy Machinists Motor mate 1941-45).  They were great teachers on First Aide or how to work on just about any vehicle or engine needed to survive.  

And I'm still hating the hippies!
Link Posted: 2/12/2012 10:07:28 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/12/2012 10:12:45 PM EST by Dragynn]
Windoze slave up until a couple years ago, now a full blown penguin, do a little distro re-mastering for funsies, contribute a little code here and there and some artwork, diehard Gnome 2 holdout. I got some iso's floating around the globe, makes me happy.

*edit* allright crap...wife hadta mention that we still dual-boot with winders fer gaming purposes, triple boot in my case. Not my fault that Blizzard is too shortsighted to embrace 'nix. Geeks don't even start in about Wine, doesn't work as well and is annoying as hell.
Link Posted: 2/16/2012 1:42:39 PM EST
Currently employed as a cyber security specialist.  Last position was enterprise architect.  From helpdesk to where I am, all on the operations side of the house.  

Started it as a career in '91 when I joined the Navy as a Data Systems Technician.  Now that I'm out, I'm still chuggin' along.

Link Posted: 3/11/2012 1:49:39 PM EST
Self-taught on just about everything. Big fan of linux livecds and microsoft products since they pay my bills!
Link Posted: 3/18/2012 9:10:09 PM EST
I was a Network Administration major in college before I switched to Criminal Justice.  I don't remember much of what I learned in school but have learned the basics on my own.
Link Posted: 4/10/2012 2:15:54 AM EST

I started out on one of these:


I am not as proficient as some of you, but I've built and used computers since, well...  A long damn time.
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