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    Quote Originally Posted by ngtwolf View Post
    Like garbage men, or more like assassins?
    Looks like these IT folks are having a good time.

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    I work with test structures that go in microprocessors. I enjoy debugging and spend most of my time doing that. I often work with the designers when they come up with a new idea. I sometimes have to shoot them down when they have no way to make the new clever trick testable. I have to explain that if it can't be tested, it is not a product.
    I am well past my retirement age and make jokes with my boss. The last time he was calling me aside to get my annual bonus, I jokenly said "Are those my layoff papers". He replied " Don't joke like that" I replied "Can't you just lay me off instead of waiting for me to retire".
    I'll admit, I enjoy having something to do that I get payed for.
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    I'm sure that it most be true that being in IT must burn you out of the hobby.

    Have been working on IT for more of 20 years now, and i love IT its what i wanted to work when a boy started at 18 in a company and never look back, and the hobby mixed in purchased old computers on flea market and try to get them working they are all different and special bizarre different hardware and software each have it own OS.

    Then tried to kick out the vintage computer hobby a couple of times.
    Sold all my stuff but ended up in some way full of old computer junk again in the hobby, love vintage computers it's impossible to let them go.

    But using computers 10 hours a day getting home and continue working on your old stuff sure must shorten ones time, it's a bad combo for your health work seated on a desk and then seated on your home.

    Modern computers are so boring they are all the same, same cpu same operating system and work the same way. All software this days whant's to run inside a web browser even if it's against its own usability and performance.

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    I'm pretty certain that both Dwight and myself have about 50 years each in the industry.

    I still enjoy it. There are many nooks and crannies to the field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soviet9922 View Post
    I'm sure that it most be true that being in IT must burn you out of the hobby.

    But using computers 10 hours a day getting home and continue working on your old stuff sure must shorten ones time, it's a bad combo for your health work seated on a desk and then seated on your home.

    Modern computers are so boring they are all the same, same cpu same operating system and work the same way. All software this days whant's to run inside a web browser even if it's against its own usability and performance.
    Luckily I don't do actual work on computers anymore... I just coordinate the work that others do, so in that respect I don't get burned out by it. I actually find it relaxing to actually do some physical work on something after a long stressful day. I generally work from home a lot of the time too so sometimes I can do some of the work (like cleaning keyboards) while sitting on conference calls which makes both of those lousy experiences a little more bearable.

    As for modern computers. They're just appliances now and they mostly just work. I love old vintage/retro computers because they were my first computers and there is a lot of stuff I never got around doing with them (like finishing every Ultima game since Ultima 3), but as well, I enjoy modern technology as well. I'd really like to build out a modern system that can do proper VR but i'm waiting til that technology matures a little bit. Anyway, for me, it's about technology and not a specific era. I have systems set up from the 70s, but at the same time, I have voice assistants around my house controlling my lights, a/c, locks, cameras, etc. Maybe I should work on a way, using a wimodem to control all that from my TRS-80 Model 4.

    In any case, getting all these vintage computers working is just setting me up to be a proper hermit when I retire.
    -- Brian

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    Project Systems: Amstrad PCW 8256, Kaypro 2/84 (Bad Chips: 81-194, 81-189).

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    I am a part time Electrical Specialist at a popular home improvement store, which I thought I would enjoy because I enjoy home improvement, which sadly is not the case. Everyone should work a customer service job once in their life though, it surely humbled my high horse down a bit, even though most of the time I have to explain how to do something like wire a light fixture like its rocket science. I am also a part time Pharmacy Technician at a popular retail chain, which I thought I would enjoy because pharmacology is one of my hobbies, which sadly is not the case. Techs do basically everything pharmacists did by themselves twenty years ago outside of giving medical/pharmacuetical advice, advice which could be easily obtained by googling. But i suppose you could google how to wire a light fixture as well.

    Anyway, after a blurry first 25 years its nice to have some clarity for once, I could crack open a computer or fiddle around in a shell till my hair turned gray, so its nice to be here.

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    I am a soon to be self-employed college student. I am working on a business degree, and am attempting to start up a business refurbishing computers liquidated from auctions. I am also learning how to do board level repair, and hope to eventually be able to offer an electronics repair service as well.

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    I work in Information Security / Cybersecurity. I prefer not to say much more than that, except perhaps that the particular things I do are entirely unexciting and not things you will ever see depicted in any movie or TV show. This field hasn't dampened my interest in computers at all, although I have heard that working in the games development field will tend to kill your interest in playing games (especially the one you are working on).

    This field *has* dampened my free time, however. I would love to have more time for my hobbies but work is seriously interfering with it. So much to do, and never enough time to get it all done...

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    Unix engineer at a trading firm.
    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 the_ambyguous View Post
    I am a part time Electrical Specialist at a popular home improvement store, which I thought I would enjoy because I enjoy home improvement, which sadly is not the case.

    I am also a part time Pharmacy Technician at a popular retail chain, which I thought I would enjoy because pharmacology is one of my hobbies, which sadly is not the case.
    Haha, that's very diverse and pretty true in general for jobs. You never really see the downsides of jobs. Every job I've had, had certain aspects that were less than glamorous and every time I left a job i would think of the crappy things I no longer had to do rather than the good things i'd miss.

    Quote Originally Posted by the_ambyguous View Post
    Everyone should work a customer service job once in their life though
    While i'm sure that's true, I thankfully managed to avoid that. But, in many ways, we all work in some type of customer service job. The customer just might be other employees vs external employees.. but maybe that's still different? I wouldn't really know.

    Quote Originally Posted by the_ambyguous View Post
    advice which could be easily obtained by googling. But i suppose you could google how to wire a light fixture as well.
    So there are two things I am very thankful for living in this day and age. Youtube for watching tutorials (automotive, repair, vintage computers, etc) and ... google maps. Fixing things and getting around were two abilities that clearly were beyond my skillset back in the day.
    -- Brian

    Working Systems: Apple IIe/II+/Mac+/Mac 512k, Atari 800/520STFM, Commodore 64/Amiga 3000/SX-64, IBM PS/1 2121-B82, Kaypro II, Osborne 1, Tandy 1000 SX, TI-99/4A, TRS-80 Model 4 GA
    Project Systems: Amstrad PCW 8256, Kaypro 2/84 (Bad Chips: 81-194, 81-189).

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