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Hello lainons. Since you're on such a site I assume some of you make money doing something computer related.

Personally I used to supervise a help desk but just got a job administering debian servers and using puppet a bit. It's going to start off as grunt work but it's a step in the right direction. (If you're reading this, thanks for the ref JS :) )

If you work professionally in the Information Technology field, please share your responsibilities or what sort of fun stuff you work on!


Eeh hee hee hee! The Friendly Grey Computer!
Where did you get the image? I thought I was the only one who uses that as a topic starter?


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I'm a PHP backend dev at a tiny company consisting of about 6 people. We do websites for business-to-business. It's really simple stuff.

Even though I'm technically an intern I program most of the Backend of the project I get assigned to. The only responsibility I have is to get the job done, I guess.

After the 2 year contract is over I'm hoping to get to work on something more challenging somewhere else, because making websites is great and all but it can get repetetive/boring.


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Worked at a uni for two years as a student worker doing basic analyst stuff. Then I worked for a year as an intern assisting a network admin. Now I'm supposed to be starting working at Dell in their call center. I'm hoping it's not as soykaf as everyone makes it out to be.
> just got a job administering debian servers
I'm fuarrrking jealous. I'm hoping to steer my career in that direction.


>starting working
What am I, retarded?
>starting work


Good for you! I couldn't work at a call center (or answer phones for a living). I panic as soon as I have to pick up the phone because no one else (more competent) is currently around.


Co-owner of an IT Consulting firm. I get to do everything! Linux, windows, printers, hardware acquisition, server setup, scripting, project management, literally everything. I'm tired guys. I hope you're all doing well.


I used to work at a small ISP company doing installations, but because of my school schedule I got "reorganized" and now do more typical IT tasks, troubleshooting over the phone, minor repairs, printer setup, office moves, things like that. I have so many great stories from my installation days, like the crazy Eastern European guy who gave me and my coworker a beer at 11 AM and showed me his pirate TV box that gave him free PPV and porn 24/7. The porn I got to see firsthand.


I've never had a job and am finding it hard to find one since I live in a place that doesn't have anything and I'm not cut out for city life.


You'll get there eventually. Just keep your eye on your goal and don't give up. Sadly, you might have to work some soykaf jobs first. Be sure you get the educational check boxes ticked off so when the opportunity comes, your prepared and have some qualifications. (ie Certifications. )
I make side money by doing computer work here and there for friends and family. On the topic of cities, data centers can be in small towns to save money on electricity.


What was your path into IT consulting like? Do you actually enjoy it?


Here's a question I have, now that I've just dropped out of college (hopefully permanently):
Are there any businesses that will accept someone with just certifications and no college or experience?
Say, I have an Associate of (ISC)^2 from passing the CISSP exam, but nothing else. I've heard that some companies only care that you passed the exam and not the actual certificate. I'm certain that I'm soykaf outta luck with any large business, who'll require a degree, so my area near Lousville KY probably won't cut it either.


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Without violating too much opsec, I am the head sysadmin at a large government contractor. I deal with a lot of UNIX & GNU/Linux servers, a bunch of Windows clients, and (for some reason) a bunch of production machines (PLC controllers) have also fallen under my jurisdiction. It was fun for a few years, but in all honesty now it is getting a little bit routine and monotonous. The hours are not great, you are basically always on call, but the pay is pretty good. This is not really where I want to spend the rest of my life, and I recently created a technology related startup with a few friends where I get to do a lot of fun software development and EE stuff. I am not sure it will go anywhere, and I am not planning on quitting my day job any time soon, but it is fun and keeps me entertained.

If any of you have any questions about what it is like as a hardcore sysadmin/netadmin/securities guy, or what the startup life is like, feel free to ask.


Im a senior NOC tech and security guy at a data center.
I also have a side business building active directory layouts for small businesses who are growing, and need a domain setup with more comprehensive back-end structures.
(yes i know windows, but its what most of them use)
Server side, i mostly work with centos and esxi, not much of a surprise...


Get any IT job you can. Long-term, work experience will benifit you the most.

How would you compare the public (government) sysadmin scene vs. private?


I'm currently applying for the same function in a bigger company. My final (I hope) interview will be tomorrow where I'll have to talk and show some code from projects I worked on. Problems is that I deleted everything web-related beside a few recent (small and front-end only) projects, so I picked up some of my Python projects to show that I know how to program and currently rushing to finish the front part of a basic Django blog engine.

I'm supposed to be trained before working on "real" work and the required skills to apply were very low, so I hope it will be enough to convince them


Would you say the issues you have with your job are related to being a gov. contractor or corporate issues?


>How would you compare the public (government) sysadmin scene vs. private?
There are a lot more specifications and regulations involved in the public sector than in the private sector. It can make some parts of the job a little bit more complicated with ITAR and DHS compliance, but it really is not all that bad.

I think it is just a universal property of sysadmin work. It gets fairly repetitive after a while, it is a demanding job. There are days much better than others, for example when I wrote that yesterday, I was in a pretty foul mood because I had to deal with a partially corrupted database server, but the rebuild was finished and the problem was solved when I got in this morning, and I took a long lunch and went on a hike, so today was nice.


I do freelance web design, but I haven't got any decent income off it. I'm also doing a degree in mechatronic engineering, which involves a lot of Python coding.


Just got my first tech job January. 2.5 months and its pretty good so far. I've been interested in computers for years and worked so long to get here. 3 years of minwage retail and depression, I finally "made it". Its ERP software so its kinda boring business logic type stuff but I'm in a way better place now than even 6 months ago. My salary is a little bit low for dev work but I'm not complaining at all because it's twice what I ever made standing at a till sincerely considering suicide, would you like a receipt? Have a nice day. But I am also lucky to have a living situation where my monthly expenses are only about 25% of my monthly income so relatively I am able to save a lot. I eventually want to move into security. More specifically malware analysis, something low level and as far away from HTML as I can get. One day...


Not everyone here are native english speakers.


>I do freelance web design, but I haven't got any decent income off it
I believe that. There will always be a Indian that will do it for cheaper


what's the problem with the term p a j e e t ?
not pc enough?