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I'm not sure if this topic belong here or in /feels/ but whatever I'll just go on with it

where do you place your skill as a tech?
I mean are you a good programmer?
Or you're really good at building and soldering? Organise? Hacking? Ricing? Or fixing broken stuff?

I know I find my way around fixing broken stuff, I can't code for shit, I can work around servers, networking, OS, solder a little but really got a affinity at fixing what is broken.
When I'm into this mindset I can fix pretty much anything it's weird but I seem to be working that way.

I just wanted to know where do you think you can place yourself and your opinion/experiance of it.


>where do you place your skill as a tech?
>are you a good programmer?

I know a shit-ton about linux and I know a lot of math and CS concepts. That's about it.


I rank myself high on the ability scales for cs/ee. I've been programming for 15 plus years 9 proffessionally at various positions from Sys-admin, to systems programming. And embedded programming for industrial automation.

Hacking? Proficient enough. Most of it covered by NDA.

Ricing I have absolutely no interest in it.

my technical fetishis optimizing a piss poor set of services/daemonsto perform ridiculously better than the technology should allow.I.e.cython optimizing the most latent loops.


i'm at the level where i can understand what i need for the task and with it, and how illiterate i am tech-wise, and what everyone is able to do, and the fact that i'm waaaay below them.


Well I use Slackware and have used things like Arch and almost Gentoo for a while, so I know my way around Linux stuff. But I still think I'm pretty unknowledgeable about most things. I've never built a computer......my computers custom build and everything but I had my brother build it because they were new parts and I've never done it before, if it fucked something up then welp I'm out a whole working computer since I never have any of my own money.

I very hardly know any programming, I've been trying to teach myself for years without success. I can't even get past the basics because I never fully comprehend or remember what certain things mean. Dude it's fucking infuriating how hard it is for no good reason, and this is my only real that I can make money off. I partially blame the public school system's destruction and total annihilation of any understanding of math. Seriously, I still can't do basic fractions or anything. I don't even know my multiplication table. Maybe I have Dyscalculia but who knows. Because of this, general depression and lack of motivation, I'm dropping out of high school. Might as well die alone homeless if I can't even function in a normal everyday society, but that's another story.

So my levels....intermediate I guess?


>where do you place your skill as a tech?


poor to average honestly, im a basic I.T. guy but I constantly INTERNET search every little thing, I also have trouble with hardware and forget basic things i should have already known constantly. I get praised by my boss at my internship but i don't know why.


I'm interning and hoping to get hired at a major tech company and posting from a SF->silicon valley shuttle right now.

I still feel like I'm sort of a shit developer. It takes me so long to write basic things. I get mired in details forever. I don't write very testable code and so to test it I have to break the abstractions I just made which is pretty shit.


I'm alright I guess. I'd say I'm an intermediate gentoo user; I have a pretty good knowledge of both system and end-user utilities, and right now I'm in the process of putting together my own local overlay but making ebuilds isn't exactly fun so I might give up on that.

I hate webdev.


I am normie-tier unfortunately. At least in my opinion but most of my friends know even less than me which is shocking.

I would like to change that and learn a lot of stuff but there is so many things to know that I feel overwhelmed and confused.

What is the best way to start learning if you know only basics? I would really like to have decent knowledge in many different topics related to tech but I don'tknow what is worth learning and what is a waste of time


I have a CompTIA A+ and am working on a Microsoft cert, so I'd say I'm intermediate. I work as a tech at a small business and while I don't know everything, I'm at least able to help the customers.


Start by finding something you want to do. If you can't think of anything, stop there and don't waste your time. If you can, then find out what knowledge bases it would require you to have to accomplish it. Then make a timeline with learning goals for theseknowledge bases. If it still seems daunting, go back to your original goal and break it up into sub-goals and make a timeline for those.

Basicly, make everything bite size so you can stomache doing it. To do well with technology you should learn one thing at a time until you know it inside out. Only ever focus on the next step forward and don't move on till you've mastered it.

I would say intermediate level is more along the lines of holding down a 50k+ job in the field.


I've attempted programming, didn't like it. At all. Was mostly a kid who wanted to make video games, but lost that desire.

My skill set is more with troubleshooting hardware issues and mostly Windows issues. My Linux skills are not too good which is fine because Linux tends to be very stable. I often offer my repair services to co-workers and family members while massively undercutting Geek Squad. Most computers just need a malware scan, install Firefox with uBlock Origin and I get an easy 20 bucks for it.

I have considered learning about repairing smartphones and tablets but decided against it when I saw how much work I would be putting in vs the payment. Not to mention, I don't repair tech on a circuit board level. At most, maybe I could get into screen replacements of flagship phones and iPads.

On a personal day to day level, I'm pretty much your standard normie. I don't really like tinkering with my own shit, so I don't rice my computers or phones. I personally don't really care that much about proprietary software vs open source software, for me, it all about what actually works for the situation.

I avoid social networking sites except for dating websites, which I hate now that I actually tried them since they all try to drain your bank account to even say hi to someone. Maybe we need a GNU dating site?

People tend to come to me for advice for their next computer, but usually not phones since I either get phones for under $100 or free. I've used all of the mainstream mobile OSes for over a year and main Windows (games and general normie software), use Linux for servers and backup computers, and run OS X on a VM for fun. I can usually help people get a decent machine for their needs.

I love building computers too.


I'm a consumer who spent way too much time getting rough models at how things are in IT instead of partying and posting selfies on social media.


>I would say intermediate level is more along the lines of holding down a 50k+ job in the field.
Fair enough, though I could be working IT help desk for ~$30k/year at a nearby company, but when I applied they told me to work on my customer service. Being an autistic *channer, I dropped my 24k/year job for $7.75/hour retail job just to gain that experience, and then went to school to start getting a degree. I'm now working on climbing that ladder.


>where do you place your skill as a tech?
Intermediate, approaching high level understanding of important concepts of varying fields. However, practical application of the things I understand, is sometimes limited, so I'll have to practice what I know more.

You dig me?
>I mean are you a good programmer?
I can script, I find programming to be kind of useless, esp if you're not going into software development.

I wanna go into DevOps, so I had to learn Python.


>where do you place your skill as a tech?

acceptable. been doing this for most of my conscious life. i focus on a few particular things but i'd call myself a generalist.

>I mean are you a good programmer?

i built a career of being a programmer for the last 15+ years. i write clean, effective code when i want to. good is subjective. i build my own stuff to my liking and things for my employer to their liking. i am also a frothing free software zealot.

>Or you're really good at building and soldering?

i solder quite well and assemble electronic things with relative ease. it's been a few years since i've designed and built something myself, though. most everything recently has been kit based.


i've organized a couple of events but i don't have the time to keep up with it.


i make a little extra income off pentesting. mostly skidiot stuff with some breaking and entering but it pays the bills. i'm not out discovering exploits but i'm no dummy, either.


i don't really care about ricing things.

>Or fixing broken stuff?

i fix stuff pretty well and i try to fix everything i can. it's getting harder to do that with all this disposable tech, though.


Moved to >>>/tech/25305.