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you wanna talk old I got one for ya. I am a IT major that graduated from Old Dominion University in Information Systems. I have A+, Net+ and am currently working on Security+.

1.What drew me into Computers?
My first computer was a Tandy 1000. I always wanted to know how it works but the final straw was my high school computer teacher MR. fausel.

2.Favorite OS?
Well, I have to say I liked windows 7 but My favorite is actually windows 8 runnning Start 8 from stardock. It runs just like windows 7 except the load on the system resources isn't as great.

3.Favorite Anime/manga/movie/TV Show/Book?

Anime:One Piece/Manga:History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi/:Movie:Wreck-it-Ralph(I have a very dry sense of humor)
\TV Show:My Little Pony (go ahead laugh. I do)\Book: The wheel of time series By robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson.
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Posted 5/9/14
Just want everyone in this Thread to know that I praise You Guys and Gals. If it wasn't for People like You, the Internet...and as such, My ANIME would all but disappear! So thanks for everything that You Men and Ladies do for the sake of Technology and everyone that Uses a device of technological build! Hehe, and this is coming from a Med Student.

I wish that I was blessed with the natural affinity to technological hardware and such...I like to think I have a grasp on a bit of HTML and that kinda stuff, but the more I see...especially these Days...the more I realize I know absolutely nothing about technology...Especially that pertaining to Computers and the Internet...So thanks once again!
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booey316 wrote:

3.Favorite Anime/manga/movie/TV Show/Book?

\TV Show:My Little Pony (go ahead laugh. I do)


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Whoooops...I did all that Deleting in the Quote area and forgot the entire reason for sending You a Reply...Heh, I personally and particularly choose to look at it as not only sharing the Gift of Friendship, bit of Love to the Fellow Bronies. Soz again, for having to quickly make a Double post.



Continue spreading the Magic, My Friend!
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I currently lead a software quality team overseeing some of the work for Dept of Ed's National Assessment of Educational Progress. I've been a programmer, project lead, and project manager before I moved into quality control. My work supporting Dept. of Ed. has lead me to develop a specialization in accessibility/508 compliance.

1. My dad was a computer programmer so I got an early introduction to computers. We had a Franklin ripoff of the Apple II for awhile and I had a Commodore 128 when I went to college. I think I was the only one in my high school and college classes that composed my papers on the computer.

2. Favorite OS? Probably Windows 7. Windows 8 is growing on my now that they fixed a lot of the desktop issues and I've learned some tricks to using it. However, Windows 7 seemed to be one of the few times Microsoft got it right.

3. Shows/anime/etc.. - Dr. Who, Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, Chobits, Clannad (both), Madoka Magica. And for x-Cellar_Door-x, while I wouldn't call myself a brony, my wife and are are enjoying My Little Pony on Netfix.
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Anyone out there remember Zork?

1. Video games for the most part, first computer my parents had was a gateway with windows 95 and playing video games and chatting online with people was just amazing to me and towards the end of high school computers had become so huge that it felt like the best thing to jump into.

2. I have no favorite OS really, I use windows 7 on my main computer but otherwise dabble in them all. Whatever gets the job done and helps me build experience (since I am not in the IT field yet). Right now I want to focus on setting up my own server running Linux and dabble with stuff from there.

3. 3x3 Eyes, Berserk, Sword Art Online, etc etc.
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Niiiceee to meet you all.

I'm currently in the Computer Programming major at my highschool and going to a Engineering summer camp in a couple weeks.

I'm not sure what I specifically want to do in the IT field but I have 2 years left to figure that out. I'm not a pro but I'm not that bad of a rookie

I guess to start off a new conversation, today I went with a group of my classmates from the Technology floor to an elementary school to teach kindergartens about coding and we used botlogic and code.org to do this. Now I've been thinking how lucky they are since I never had this. So I wonder, the younger generation may be smarter. Because they are getting hands on with technology at the age of 5, heck these kindergartners have their OWN iPads. That's pretty amazing.

So what do you think of kindergartners getting ahold of technology and learning how to use different devices and learning coding? And do you wish you had the chance to have tjos opportunity when you were younger?
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Ahh wonderful thread we have here.

Although I am pursing a computer science (AI) major, I have worked in the IT Department in my old highschool for three years and now currently work in the IT labs here on my college campus. Although I will not be making a career of it, I find IT to be very enjoyable work for a side.

1.What drew me into Computers?
This ones a doozy for some people. It's not meant to be a sob story so don't read it as such, please; But it stems back all they way to elementary school. As a child of divorced and fighting parents since I was able to walk, I've been tossed between houses as both parents move multiple times a year as I went through elementary school and all the way through highschool. I've had what probably amounts to 13 different rooms that I was supposed to call "home" as a kid and that just wouldn't do. I was drawn to Star Wars Galaxies and the idea living in a fictional universe that interested me. I stuck with it for so long because I had a home in the game world that always stayed the same when ever I went to it. It was the only place I really called home because it didn't change every year. After that, computers in general had me hooked as we the users have complete control over these machines. We have control of our environments(something I never had growing up). Now I study computer science with a concentration of artificial intelligence as nothing interests me more than having control over these wonderful machines.

2.Favorite OS?
I can't really say I have a favorite as I have regularly used Win98, WinXP, Win7, WinServer, Linux Mint, Ubuntu(and lubuntu for robot terminals), and OSX 8+. I love the control that a terminal gives me but I also love the outrageous amount of supported software for windows OSs. I guess I could say my primary is Win7 as I do not have a computer that does not have a Win7 partition.


3.Favorite Anime/manga/movie/TV Show/Book?
Nagi No Asukara because I'm the biggest sap I know.
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I'm a Senior Systems Administrator at a web hosting company. The work I do diverges from the norm of what people think of when it comes to "IT". First of all, I work from home. As does the other 125+ people in my company. After working from home for nearly 4 years now I can't imagine ever going back to an office. It's just so amazing to wake up, roll over, turn on my laptop and be at work when I'm feeling especially lazy (I usually work in my office).

I went to college for Networking originally, but ended up dropping out as I hated all of the math it involved. I joined the military and worked on F-15 engines for 6 years. After that I applied at a web hosting company as a lower level System Admin, was hired, and 6 months later left and joined the company I've been at ever since.

My job is pretty awesome; I get to work with over 20 datacenters around the world with a total of over 3,000 hardware and virtual servers to manage. We run CentOS and Ubuntu across the fleet.

Growing up, I was sucked into video games right from the get-go as a kid. I had an atari, nintendo, super nintendo, etc. At 13 I got my first computer and the rest is history. I dabbled in everything I could get my hands on, crashed the OS a half dozen times, and even managed to infect myself with a trojan... twice. By the time I was 20 I was quite proficient in all things computers and I've just continued to expand my skill set ever since.

Also, for work, I run Ubuntu. I actually quite like Unity and the Workspace's make it really easy for me to manage all of my various windows on my laptop. I use Windows 7 for gaming and general usage, but for security reasons I always work on Linux. All admins with root access are required to be on either Linux or a Mac by my company anyway. No Windows users allowed, heh.
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heylo. figured I would see how people are doing. I just got my Security + certification. I know this is a strange place to ask but does anyone know if their company is hiring?
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1) What drew you to the field of computers/IT?

I graduated with a Computer Science degree focused on Software Engineering. I'm not sure why, but when I was young I was interested in how programming worked and web development, but I didn't play with computers much, sadly. I really considered being a programmer when I took an intro programming course in college and loved the professor and the subject.

2) What is your OS of choice?

I mainly use Windows 7. Sometimes I use Ubuntu or some UNIX server when I need a UNIX system for assignments.

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

Lots of this info is on my profile:
Favorite anime: Anohana, Chobits, Attack on Titan, Deathnote
manga: Skip Beat, Peach Girl, Mars, Chobits
movie: iRobot, Pan's Labyrinth, all Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks movies
TV show: Fringe, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Grimm, Once Upon a Time, ... I watch too much tv
book: The Tea Rose, Alice in Wonderland series, fairy tale books, generally like most teen or young adult fiction novels
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revesur wrote:So what do you think of kindergartners getting ahold of technology and learning how to use different devices and learning coding? And do you wish you had the chance to have tjos opportunity when you were younger?


Hell, these kids are gonna take my job 10 years into my career, that's how smart they're gonna be. I think there are risks to giving young children such powerful tech, because I am seeing far too many kids these days with their heads bent over their iPhones or tablets completely oblivious to the real world around them, and I fear that they may grow up without any in-person social skills, but that's not that big of a risk compared to what these kids will be learning and be able to do by the time they get to be our age.

Technology is the future, and our kids are our future as well, so we need to give them as much training and knowledge as possible as they grow up in order for them to be successful in life and in work. As long as we teach them to still live in the real world and use their tech not as a replacement to real life interaction and experience (just think of what VR will be like then!) but as a tool to enhance their lives and accomplish great things, then I think they're gonna be doing technological miracles that we won't even have thought of. I think it's a great thing you're doing teaching these kids skills you know, keep it up!

As to whether I wish I had the opportunity as a kid to grow up with the tech we have these days: no, I don't regret not having all of this futuristic tech. Why? Because 50 years from now I can brag to my grandkids about dial-up, Windows 95, Compaq when it was still its own company (which was the company my family got their first home PC from), and the iPhone 1! And we as a generation have skills, knowledge, and memories that the next generation will not have because they won't have grown up still needing real, physical textbooks and calculators, and other inventions and technology that existed in the last century and few decades. Hell, they may not even use paper, pens, pencils, or any of the stuff we used as kids in the next 20 years. Anyhoos, that's my two cents. Cheers!-Mikael
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Hey guys!

It's great to see the thread still active. Revesur brought up a great point that I agree will be a great discussion topic for the thread. Here's what she said:

"So what do you think of kindergartners getting ahold of technology and learning how to use different devices and learning coding? And do you wish you had the chance to have the opportunity when you were younger?"

My reply is above this post, and to sum it up, I think that the next generation will be performing technological miracles with the stuff our generation will be building for them, and the inventions they create themselves. I, personally, think children these days have a natural ability to soak up and retain technological knowledge, skills, and tricks and they're doing great things even now with that knowledge. What do you guys think? Reply to Revesur so she sees our answers! Cheers!-Mikael

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revesur wrote:
So what do you think of kindergartners getting ahold of technology and learning how to use different devices and learning coding? And do you wish you had the chance to have tjos opportunity when you were younger?


/sigh I'm going to have to break this up in sections. I knew I shouldn't have started this.

Anyway, I'm probably biased because I had a fair number of opportunities growing up. As a kid, I made my own webpage, modded video games, and some other sorts of stuff - granted, that was around 13+, not 5 years old. I kind of think 5 year olds should be playing with refrigerator boxes and stuff as opposed to computers anyway.

In my opinion, the best time to get into computers was the early to mid 90s.





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You bring up a ton of good points. I mentioned in my last post that kids seem to have a natural ability to soak up techie knowledge, but I did fail to mention that from what I've seen lately, the majority of them are only soaking up how to use the internet, and all of the shitty attitudes, and mannerisms that are associated with the majority of its users these days (what you said about You-Tube was spot on, you should see Reddit sometime, hell, it's worse) and not much more than that.

I like how you say that five year olds are better off with fridge boxes, and I'm not saying they should have their own tablets, computers, and such at that age (seeing how that shit's expensive and kids break things!), but I do think they should be exposed to using technology in a more advanced way than just using computers for entertainment or to use Google to look up answers for a quiz.

I like what you said here, "Hopefully these kids will be exposed to stuff that will get them in the mindset of writing code in a manageable way." And if you don't mind, I'd like to add to that. They should be exposed to more than just code, they should be exposed to computers, programming, hardware, networking, security, etc, so that by the time they're the age of those in this thread (18-40+), they'll know at least as much as we do, but hopefully more.

I was born in '95, but I grew up playing the games, and using the tech and software, that came out before I was born, or around the time I was born, because we could never afford the new hardware to play the newest games. I still play those games. Doom, Quake series, X-Wing Alliance, Homeworld, etc. They're ten times better than the shit companies are making today. I get flack for this a lot, since I'm only 19 and was born halfway into the '90s, but I miss the '90s. Computers, the internet, it was all way better back then. I feel sorry, as well as happy, for the next generation because they're missing out on what it used to be like to own and use a computer and all the learning experiences involved in keeping it running and working well, but they'll also have a lot of advanced tech, and a wealth of knowledge, at their disposal, for much cheaper than what we used to have to pay, and pay now.

Yeah, I know, long reply; sorry. But you had some great comments, and I had to reply. Cheers, mate!-Mike
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