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What's up, techies!? I'm a desktop support technician/audio visual technician, currently going to school to become a network engineer. I couldn't find any good discussion threads for IT professionals who just want to hang out, discuss anything, and have some fun-- so I made one.

To start the conversation/break the ice, a couple of questions for all of us and my answers:

1) What drew you to the field of computers/IT?

I grew up playing with, taking apart, and repairing computers. It sounded like a better career than dentistry or photography so I went with it and feel right at home.

2) What is your OS of choice?

I actually use Windows 7/8, Mac OSX, and Linux with my job, and I love them all, but I prefer a dual boot environment with Windows 7 (productivity) and Mac OSX (graphics and multimedia production).

3) What is your favorite anime/manga/movie/TV show/book?

Favorite anime: Cowboy Bebop, manga: Yotsubato! (it's freaking hilarious), movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey, hands down, TV show: all the Stargate series, book: Ender's Game series.

Please keep this thread a friendly, approachable thread where people can discuss what they want about computers. Don't hate or be rude because you don't like a certain OS, brand, manufacturer, program, anime, manga, etc. Debate and discussion is encouraged, but let's keep it civil and fun. Now to go close some tickets while this thread bakes. Have fun, and can't wait to talk with you all!-Iamahappymikael
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Hello fellow South Texan and Techie! Currently I'm a Senior in University studying to be a Computer Information Specialist focusing on Security.

1) What drew you to the field of computers/IT?
I'm always curious about how the computer is built and why does it need a certain part to operate. As I was entering as a Freshman, I declared my major as Computer Engineer. When taking the necessary classes, I found myself not enjoying them and a thought occurred to me, "How do people and businesses use these machines?" Then, I switched majors.

2) What is your OS of choice?
My choice would be to use Window 7 and have a virtualized Windows XP which I currently have. :)

3) What is your favorite anime/manga/movie/TV show/book?
Favorite anime: Gintama; manga: Hellsing; movie: The Road to El Dorado; TV show: currently- Grimm, all-time-Supernatural (which I have not finished ); book: The vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice.
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Hello!! you already seem awesome! anyways I'm majoring in computer engineering at university. I didn't decide on this till my senior year of high school when I just chose some sort of engineering. So far I have been having fun with working with circuitry. But learning C was a pain for me. Im currently learning the mips assembly language for my computer organization and architecture class and I'm enjoying that.

My fav os so far is windows 7 and mac os x as well. I still have to learn how to work with linux.

For anime I pretty much watch anything. I'm a seasonal watcher and currently I'm watching 41 anime right now. I don't need a social life. All i need in life is anime
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This thread actually is perfect for me, because I have some questions regarding this. You guys care to answer my question?

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Computers drew me to computers, haha. I've been a big techie since I was a tike. I love building them, modding them and, dorking around with the parts. I'm not looking to be a network engineer like you are, but I'm a gaming nerd/otaku I build custom gaming rigs, and tweak old ones for fun and as a side income. As for my favorite OS its Definitely Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows XP, 8's setup is uncomfortable in my opinion. As for favorite anime.... That's a tough one, but high up on my list is Chihayafuru. Chihaya is one of my favorite anime girls ever made, her personality is so awesome. Glad to see a techie thread up and going though, always makes my day better to see something like this
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It's nice to meet all of you! I'm glad to see that there are more techies here on crunchyroll.
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xeneria wrote:

This thread actually is perfect for me, because I have some questions regarding this. You guys care to answer my question?



Xeneria, I'm on my mobile right now, I'd love to answer your question but it will be a long answer and it'll be easier to type on a keyboard. I'll pm you and post the answer here tomorrow. I'm sure others will answer you as well and to give you a short answer before the long one, IT has many branches of study and each "branch" has its own difficulty level based on the person really. But you've got time and no matter what you pick, desktop, security, programming, networking, it will be rewarding and enjoyable if it interests you.
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Cool! Nice to meet you, mate! Yeah, Linux-wise all I've worked with has been Ubuntu and Tails. But I wanna learn more. Check out Tails, I think you'd love it! http://www.tails.boum.org
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Hell yeah, nice to meet you, fellow Texan! If I may ask, where did you find the .iso/.img file(s) for XP to virtualize? I have a ton of XP games that want their old OS back.
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I'm in the Networking field my self, more or less I prefer working on computers rather than networks. However either is fine, I'll have my 2years associates in about a year from now. I'll have all the classes taken required except for some basic academics I haven't taken.
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iamahappymikael wrote:

It's nice to meet all of you! I'm glad to see that there are more techies here on crunchyroll.


Pleasure to meet you as well mate, techies for the win. (:
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I use VMware virtual machine and it already has old versions of Windows including ME, XP, and 98.

Here's the link (it's a pretty hefty download):
https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/free#desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_player/6_0
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Sweet, thanks, mate!
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1. Eehhh? Am I the really first one to say I started off with my parents' Apple IIe and a dot-matrix printer? Well, kids, you'll be old before you know it. Anyway, my sister and I liked to write stories and print them out (on that noisy big ol' printer). And I think I learned a tiny bit of BASIC somehow.

I don't have much techie cred these days (except that I recently picked up 3D modelling pretty quickly). Back in middle school I did write a Mario video game using JavaScript, HTML, and custom graphics (made in MS Paint). Well, I probably know Java today.

2. I guess I'm fine with Win 7, but really I thought XP was quite solid and didn't want to upgrade after that. The earliest Windows I got familiar with was Windows 3.1.

3. Psycho Pass and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei are my favorites. Gintama and Kokoro Connect are also up there. I don't really have a favorite TV show, but props to OP for mentioning Stargate. Ugh, SciFi used to have such good shows.
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1. I always found them to be curious devices considering how much you could do with them. But anyway, my story is weird. I started in Compsci/Computer Engineering in college, hated that and switched to math. I was outta work for a year and eventually got a helpdesk job working with consumers. Well, that job died, and after contemplating the idea of becoming an actuary--I said meh and decided to try for IT. I got three/four certs so far in the past 3 months (A+, Net+, CCENT/CCNA R&S) while I've been job hunting. Working on MCSA: Win Server 2012 R2 now.

2. Windows 8--Win XP is outdated 32-bit insecure junk and I actually like the start screen. Win7 is my second choice, then put me on Fedora or Mint. I really DESPISE Mac OS it isn't developer/IT friendly at all--no universal package manager/Programs Utility (so it can be difficult to completely uninstall stuff that isn't just a simple .app or from the app store) and just look at Finder, you can't even browse by directory without opening up a dialog, uggghh. Furthermore their machines are a pain to upgrade, maintain, and take apart.

3. Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Space Battleship Yamato 2199, Code Geass, and El Cazador were pretty good.
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