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Old 09-07-2005, 11:12 AM   #1
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Thumbs up How did u pick your technology?

This question is for all the IT professionals out there.

I m into IT Support and want to make a career in IT...

I learnt lil' bit of SQL,D2k,Oracle Apps,Python,Linux Administration(thnx to LQ)...Basically evrything bits and pieces...
I still could not pick one technology which I am passionate enough to think about a career in that.

What I want to know is how did u land up in the technology u r in?
Some of my friends are continuing with what they got after college...and are not sure whether they like it,and are just continuing there to pay off they credit card bills

Old 09-07-2005, 04:34 PM   #2
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I got interested in computers when I was in graduate school (an IBM 1620), but did not get a chance to do much since most computers were not available for public use, even in the companies I worked for. I read a lot about them, and about programming, but without a handy computer, it was all pretty theoretical.

I finally went to work at a place that had time sharing computers available. During my first week there, I harassed my boss (first week there, remember) to show me how to use them.. A week later, I knew more about it than he did, and was writing programs in BASIC to do calculations that I had been doing with a slide rule, and later with a calculator.

Since that time I have been writing programs in various languages for various computers, and I loved doing that. Some of the programs that I wrote were essentially databases for various projects I was involved in.

As time went along, I started getting interested in other computer and computer-related technoligies, as they related to various aspects of my job. And I learned a number of new languages which were better suited to what I wanted to do.

So I think that I just evolved into a general jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type of computer geek. And most of it revolved around work that I was doing, rather than around any particular computer job.

I became interested in the internet and in GNU/Linux, started learning HTML and so forth, and I just keep expanding the things that I do. I have been doing GNU/Linux things since 1999, and have used various distros over the years, and I have been using GNU/Linux pretty consistently for the past 4 years.

I am retired now, so that I can spend my time doing that things that I really like to do now, like creating web pages, writing scripts, taking classes, and so forth.

All in all, it has been a great deal of fun.

I do believe that having a non-computer position gave me more freedom to do the computer things that I liked, rather than computer things that somebody else wanted to do.


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