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    Not to be flippant, but some of the happiest people I've ever met have been in the plumbing and waste-disposal trades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corey986 View Post
    Good thing I only sleep 5 hours a night.
    Don't burn out. My chronic lack of sleep for decades caused permanent damage. I try to get at least 6 hours and shoot for 7 on weekdays and 8-9 on weekends.
    Offering a bounty for:
    - The software "Overhead Express" (doesn't have to be original, can be a copy)
    - A working Sanyo MBC-775, Olivetti M24, or Logabax 1600
    - Documentation and original disks for: Panasonic Sr. Partner, Zenith Z-160 series
    - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixter View Post
    Don't burn out. My chronic lack of sleep for decades caused permanent damage. I try to get at least 6 hours and shoot for 7 on weekdays and 8-9 on weekends.
    Doc told me it's ok. Actually had a sleep study on it. I may only sleep 5 hours, but I sleep like the dead. I hit REM sleep very quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    Not to be flippant, but some of the happiest people I've ever met have been in the plumbing and waste-disposal trades.
    thats true, didnt mean to say anything negative :0

    Cetainly, the staff at our recycling center are the happiest workers I know.

    They do get first pick (though I did manage to nab a BBC B from a skip when their backs were turned)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixter View Post
    Don't burn out. My chronic lack of sleep for decades caused permanent damage.
    Such as?
    PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    Not to be flippant, but some of the happiest people I've ever met have been in the plumbing and waste-disposal trades.
    I can see that about any job where you don't 'take your work home with you'... assuming your job pays well enough that you don't have money stress. Of course, his job is in management at a power station now, so i'm assuming that might be a little stressful.
    -- Brian

    Systems: Amstad PCW 8256, Apple IIe/II+/Mac+/Mac 512k, Atari 800/520STFM, Commodore 64/Amiga 3000/PET 4032/SX-64, IBM PS/1 2121-B82, Kaypro II, Osborne 1, Tandy 1000 SX, TI-99/4A, TRS-80 Model 4 GA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corey986 View Post
    And of course, I sit on the VCF Board of Directors, consult on vintage tech museum exhibits around the world and consult/perform Apple-1 restorations. Oh and I executive produce a TV show... In my spare time I play Bass Guitar, Oh wait I have no spare time. Good thing I only sleep 5 hours a night.
    Well, now I feel like an underachiever and even with my significantly higher availability, I still feel like there isn't enough time for this Hobby.
    -- Brian

    Systems: Amstad PCW 8256, Apple IIe/II+/Mac+/Mac 512k, Atari 800/520STFM, Commodore 64/Amiga 3000/PET 4032/SX-64, IBM PS/1 2121-B82, Kaypro II, Osborne 1, Tandy 1000 SX, TI-99/4A, TRS-80 Model 4 GA

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    For the last 8 or 9 years, depending on what you count, I have been an embedded systems engineer. But it was a LONG road getting here. With fuel stops in construction, some factories, PC service tech and retail, and 23 years in the US Army. I knew since about 1981 that I wanted to end up here, so I worked hard against the odds to make it happen. After retiring from the army at 41 I went back to school. I had pretty much taught myself everything I needed at that point, but an over 40 guy without a piece of paper wasn't going to get an embedded engineering job. I knew it would be difficult enough WITH the paper. So while I was in school I did some consulting work with the agreement that my customer would give me a reference. Anyway, it worked out well.
    Embedded systems are much like vintage computers. You usually have access to the whole machine, with little or no operating system interference. Most of the programming is low-level, writing directly to I/O locations, controlling timers and displays, scanning keyboards, and even some assembly language from time to time. I really love what I do. My work and my computer/electronics hobbies overlap a great deal. But I do have a wife, kids, old motorcycles, and tools for turning wood into sawdust for when I need a break.

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    I keep the machines that make the machines that make the potatoes purring: Computers in a way most people are oblivious to.

    Just this year I get about 5 hours of sleep every day. Previously I only got 3. Most days I'm pretty sure that I was better off with just 3.

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    Just signed on at the local post office a couple of months ago -- my first job which'll actually give me a shot at supporting myself. It's been going deceptively smoothly, though this is a small town so hours were short to start until earlier this month. Nothing too shabby, and hey, the world needs mailmen. Besides, given the thirty year old LLVs this means I've arguably branched out into vintage cars.

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