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Comment Re:We will never learn (Score 1) 93

Funny you should mentioned that. The college instructor for the Introduction to CIS class told us in the early 1990's that 4GB (32-bit) was all the memory anyone would ever need for a PC. For the most part, he was right. When I upgraded my PCs last year, I finally broke through the 4GB barrier. Not because 4GB wasn't enough. I had to get new memory modules and 8GB (two 4GB sticks) was on sale.

Comment Re: IMHO (Score 1) 155

You still have to work at fixed hours, sometimes stuck on a silly shifts, with the stress of dealing immediately with many requests as they come in, and even by the end of your career you'll be happy if you even reach 6 figures.

My IT support contracts prohibits me from working more than 40 hours a week. I haven't worked overtime in over a decade. I start work at 7AM instead of 9AM or 10AM to avoid the traffic gridlock. I'm responsible for 80,000+ workstations and no longer deal with users. As for dealing with the stress, since I'm working in government IT, I have paid federal holidays (40 hours), paid time off (80 hours) and unpaid time off (40 hours). This year I got an extra month of pay as a Christmas bonus. I'm studying for my InfoSec certifications that should put me in the six-figure club for my next job.

Developers on the other hand have an easy life, working whenever they please, and get paid a lot more from the get-go.

The developers I know work 80 hours a week from 10AM to 12AM (programmer hours), owns a Tesla car or two, have a big house, big wife and big kids. They never get any time off to do anything. If they stop running on the treadmill, everything falls apart because they're one paycheck away from bankruptcy.

Comment Re:Huh (Score 1) 400

The best that the Democrats were willing to allow to be nominated.

As a moderate conservative, I could live with Hillary being in the White House. Trump was neither a conservative nor a Republican, and, until a few years ago, a Clinton Democrat. If you're going to have a Clinton Democrat in the White House, might as well vote for the real thing.

Stupid dems couldn't realize that when your chosen candidate was soundly beat in Wisconsin, you can take it for granted. Fools

Polling data at the time indicated that Wisconsin was solidly blue and it encouraged Democrats to talk about expanding the electoral map into Arizona and Texas. Based on the reports I've read, polling data didn't capture the last minute turn for Trump. Hence, 46% of Americans elected a candidate that 54% of Americans didn't want.

Comment Re: IMHO (Score 1) 155

I don't understand why you'd choose IT support.

IT support needs miracle workers to solve difficult problems.

It's an ungrateful and underpaid job.

That's entry level. Once you finish paying your dues, appreciation and pay gets better. Especially if you have a reputation of being a miracle worker. Miracles can be solving the problem remotely while the user complains about the problem for 15 minutes, reclaiming 600 square feet of storage space from eight years of discarded IT equipment in between tickets over a six-week period, or fixing a failed printer migration project after the server tech ran the script at the last minute and went on vacation for six weeks.

Comment Re:IMHO (Score 1) 155

Translation: I have got a degree in maths and all I have got is a lousy tech job support.

I got A.A. degree in General Education (1994) after graduating from the eighth grade and skipping high school, and an A.S. degree in Computer Programming (2007) with a 4.0GPA while working 60 hours per week and teaching Sunday school.

Since I started my technical career in 1997, I was:

  • A software tester for a virtual world (Fujitsu), video games (Accolade/Infogrames/Atari) and an ebook reader (Sony);
  • A help desk support technician (Intuit/Google/eBay);
  • A PC technician for a moving company (Cor-O-Van), several PC refresh projects (eBay/hospital), and a data center (Google);
  • A hardware tester for wireless 11ac cards (Cisco);
  • An InfoSec technician (government agency).

The equivalent of frying burgers in the IT industry.

The kind of work I do — and enjoy doing — is virtual ditch digging. Like being a sanitation engineer, someone has to do the work or civilization as we know it will collapse.

Comment Re: IMHO (Score 1) 155

Pretty confident for a guy who couldn't get a job for two years.

I didn't listen to the recruiters who told me I was unemployable and hiring managers that I was overqualified for anything else.

If you lost your current job, do you now have skills that won't leave you unemployed another two years?

That's the funny thing about being unemployed for two years after the Great Recession was officially over: job skills didn't matter. As soon as the economy got better in 2011, the Silicon Valley labor market tightened and employers could no longer afford to be picky about whom they hire. I had 20+ contract assignments when I worked for seven days a week for two years. Despite being out of work for two years and having a chapter seven bankruptcy on my credit record! As for my current job in government IT, I'm halfway through a fully funded five-year contract.

Comment Re:IMHO (Score 1) 155

Study computers, they said. You'll make lots of money, they said.

When I went back to school to learn computer programming after the dot com bust, people told me I was crazy. Study health care, they told me. You're make lots of money, they told me. But I read a study on long-term trends for the IT industry that there will be a severe shortage of skilled IT workers with 1M+ job openings after the baby boomers all retired and foreign workers will stay home in 2030. (A recent study now predict 1.5M+ job openings.) I went into IT support. My friends who went into health care hate their jobs of wiping other people's asses even though they make more money than me. I'm enjoying my career in IT support, and, ironically, my best paying contracts are hospitals.

They never said anything about getting replaced by indo-chimps.

I do InfoSec for government IT. No foreign national is going to replace my job. If they do, I'll climb the ladder higher and do something else.

They never said anything about starving.

I was out of work for two years (2009-10) because recruiters saw help desk support on my resume, assumed that I wanted to continue doing help desk support, and told me that no help desk support jobs were available. Never mind that wasn't the job I applied for. I ate rice and beans during those two years, the six months I was underemployed (working 20 hours per month) and filed for chapter seven bankruptcy in 2011, and the two years (2012-13) I'ved worked multiple jobs seven days a week until I was financially back on my feet.

Comment Re:IMHO (Score 1) 155

Everyone told me I should go into computers as a teenager, but I couldn't see myself being a programmer as coding was mumbo jumbo. I did take electronics and mathematics in college. After I started my technical career in software testing, I went back to college a decade after I graduated to take computer programming. Because I took mathematics (algebra in general, order of operations in particular), everything fell into place for me to learn programming with straight A's. Even though I got an A.S. in computer programming, I never became a programmer. I went into IT support to help users solve difficult problems made difficult by professional programmers.

Comment Re:Huh (Score 1) 400

Michelle Obama has a better chance of winning than Trump's reelection.

I think Michelle should follow Hillary's example by going home, getting elected to Congress, build up her political credentials as a senator or representative, and then run for president. We just had eight years of Obama. Although four years of Trump could make Michelle a shoo-in for 2020.

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