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Comment Re:It'd take years to see the effect (Score 1) 59 59

I went back to school to learn computer programming on a part-time basis while working full time as a video game tester after the dot com bust. I couldn't get into some classes because there were too many students in 2002. That changed in 2005, where I couldn't get into some classes because there weren't enough students. My final year in school was all independent studies classes for classes that I needed for graduation but the school wasn't offering due to a lack of demand.

Comment Re:Lesson - never chase fads with your education (Score 1) 59 59

Take a challenging subject, figure out what you like to do, and work that into your entry level job search plan.

I had a roommate who spent $25,000 to learn automotive design on the West Coast in the late 1990's. During four years of school, he worked at the grocery store. After graduating from school, he still worked at the grocery store. If he haven't gotten married to woman who thought a little further out into the future than he did, he would still be working a grocery. Now he's doing warehouse logistics to pay down his student debts. He took automotive design because he likes cars. Go figure.

Comment Re:Wow, end of an era. (Score 3, Insightful) 110 110

For more than just a couple of us here, I suspect, there was a time when "Sparc," "UNIX," "graphics," "Internet," and "science" were all nearly synonymous terms.

I did a six-month internship at a Fortune 500 company in 1997 where every programmer had a SPARC workstation and a row of UNIX binders on a shelf above their desk. No one actually used the binders for anything, as they were just office decorations like the plastic plants. You couldn't be a SERIOUS ENGINEER without a row of SERIOUS BINDERS above your desk.

Comment Reminds me of Ubuntu... (Score 0) 308 308

Before I switched my file server over to FreeNAS and a motherboard with an AMD video chipset, Ubuntu would automatically install the Nvidia drivers for the Geforce 6200 video card and FUBAR the entire Linux installation. The fix was to re-install Ubuntu. What a PITA!

Comment Re:So what? Actually, this matters to me too.... (Score 1) 453 453

But as one of the support specialists - the ability to wear jeans and t-shirts was a huge benefit, as we were expected to crawl around on the floor to connect or disconnect cables and had to go out to an industrial shop floor regularly to swap out nasty, grimy old equipment or service it.

I did PC refresh project where I did a lot of crawling around underneath cubicle desks. Jeans made the boys downstairs hot and uncomfortable (i.e., sweaty balls). I switched to khaki and the problem went away. Then again, I'm old enough to wear what I call my old man's pants (my father wore khaki while working in construction). The only time I wear blue jeans at work is when I haven't picked up my dry cleaning for the week.

Comment Re:It can make a diffrence (Score 1) 453 453

I've gone the opposite extreme. As a lead tester for a video game company, I sometimes had to come in on Sundays. But I also go to church in the morning. I came into the office in my suit and tie. The supervisor on duty would often do a double take when they saw me, as I often wore shorts and T-shirts during the week.

It's great to be smart 'cause then you know stuff.