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eleet

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  1. RT: Thirteen

    Nonsense. You absolutely do not need to spend $1000 on some silly class to learn that shit. You can find plenty of information online for free on how AWS works. For a few bucks, you can spool up some instances and play around. I'm sure there are free tutorials online.
  2. RT: Thirteen

    There are a ton of free resources online to learn just about anything you could ever need to know about systems/networking/programming. Linux isn't a bad hobby to pick up. I find that most tech people can't even use it. However, it really feels like a niche market, and there's a bit of a learning curve (as with anything). I don't know much about networking, personally. But there are guys who exclusively do networking and they seem to make pretty decent money (more than decent). Just about any kind of Cisco/Juniper/insert-network-vendor-here type of stuff requires someone who specializes in that kind of thing. Windows sysadmin stuff is probably the easiest to learn, since there is a lot of GUI involved. However, large Active Directory environments relying heavily on group policy can get pretty confusing, quickly. I also get the impression that there are a lot of Windows admins out there, resulting in less pay and more competition. Everyone seems to know the basics, but the more advanced stuff is known by far less people. You can't really go wrong with programming. There's a massive demand for it. I don't think you really need to be a GOD to actually make a livable income from it either. Most people, flat out, cannot program. At all. So you're already at an advantage if you can do it, period. Unfortunately, the "break & fix technician" jobs pay absolutely dogshit money and they're all part-time roles. Which is really a shame, because I really enjoy building computers and fixing broken ones. However, you're likely to end up in a Geek Squad or similar role making about $14/hr working maybe 30 hours per week if you're lucky, with zero health insurance. I've also heard there's some kind of Apple/Mac admin niche market, but I'm not too sure about that. Sorry if I didn't leave you with a smoking-gun type of answer to your question about which roles to pursue. Maybe shoot for NJ datacenters/hosting companies? You can take a lower level position there but you'll learn a lot of neat and useful stuff very quickly. Mostly about hosting/email/Linux/networking/internet/maybe-Windows. And you can move up to a sysadmin role down the road or maybe even become a "networking guy". Maybe also consider learning AWS (Amazon Web Services). I see a lot of jobs asking for that these days. They're mostly the Linux sysadmin/engineer kind though.
  3. RT: Thirteen

    From my experience in attempting to land a job in NYC, the market is highly competitive and the salaries are all over the place. I see jobs ranging from $45K/year to $140K/year. Really depends what you do, I guess. And the tech job market in Connecticut is fucking horrible. I'm lucky to have landed a job here. It literally took years. I can't speak about NJ. I would try and get away from help desk though. There's a shitload of helpdesk jobs that pay $11-$13/hour and they're all part-time, like 20-30hrs per week. These are the bottom of the barrel as far as tech jobs go. I would try and specialize in something.
  4. RT: Thirteen

    Either pick up programming/scripting (python, java, perl) and start looking for entry level programming jobs, or learn cloud/virtualization/Linux (Amazon Web Services comes to mind). Windows helpdesk is dead-end anywhere you go. I've heard IT for finance and healthcare and government are the way to go though, if you do go that route. Maybe you're just in the wrong part of the country? What are some examples of roles/positions you've interviewed for, and at what types of companies (industry and size of company)? Also, which state are you in? Edit: Maybe also make a profile on dice.com. I landed my current job from a recruiter at a staffing company who cold-called me because he saw my dice profile. I've had a job for over a year and a half now because of this. Spent maybe 4 months as a contractor before being hired directly by the place I was working at.
  5. RT: Thirteen

    4.2.1. Subtle theme changes I think, among bugfixes.
  6. RT: Thirteen

    Upgraded to IPB 4.2 and now we have an ugly new theme.
  7. RT: Thirteen

    Yeah, I still pay for this shit. Btw, if anyone reading this has been trying to reset their password, but their email address changed, they can email mitch at our domain name and I'll change your password/email.
  8. RT: Thirteen

    fuck u ken
  9. RT: Thirteen

    And so The McNulty House Scream was born.
  10. RT: Thirteen

    ipv6 also changed :(
  11. RT: Thirteen

    filesystem changed. happy late thanksgiving.
  12. RT: Thirteen

    Yes, the first year of college.
  13. RT: Thirteen

    You have entered... the 13th grade! In the coming months: the return of Ken's admin LOL JK! This is not a CS forum.
  14. RANDOM THOUGHTS 12: New Update

    Remembering that AE was a thing, I renewed the domain for another year today. Also installed PHP 7.0 about 9 months after it was released because that's how long it took Invision to make IPB compatible with the new version.
  15. RANDOM THOUGHTS 12: New Update

    Yes, they're dead.
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