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  1. 7 minutes ago, Artificial Evolution said:

    Intel Corporation's Interim CEO is now their permanent CEO.

    Yeah, that'll be interesting. Supposedly he's done a pretty good job. Some people still think Intel could have chosen better if a candidate presented themselves, which I think has largely been their issue.

  2. Jeff,


    I think it's going to be an uphill battle for the next few years. Security researchers are really honing in on CPU bugs these days, and taking a deeper look into finding firmware vulnerabilities. CPU hardware and BIOS/UEFI/Firmware bugs used to be something out of a science fiction novel. Most security researchers were more focused on finding easier to spot and easier to exploit and presumably more widespread bugs in things like Adobe Flash & the webbrowser of your choice, along with Microsoft Windows. Then, someone got the bright idea to start poking around things like Intel Management Engine and some other fun Intel-specific motherboard backdoors features. They've finally made their way to the CPU.

    I think it'll be important to decide whether or not you're concerned with the performance hit by whichever method of fixing they implement in whichever chip you buy. I think we're looking at probably 2 more years until this stuff really dies down. I foolishly thought we'd have kind of a "smoking gun" solution with the next batch of CPUs for Spectre/Meltdown but now with things like Foreshadow & other variants, that doesn't really seem to be the reality of it.

    All that aside, I'm very excited for the prospect of building a super rig with a 2080 Ti & i9-9900K. However, AMD should have Zen 2 out sooner than later. Maybe that'll blow the 9900K away. And supposedly their upcoming GPU line-up will be awesome as well.



  3. Jeff,

    I have a not-so-secret Instagram that you can probably manage to find. Regrettably, Corporate America also dictates that I have a somewhat-current LinkedIn. These two things included, social media fucking sucks. I don't miss it and occasionally question my even-limited involvement in it. I deleted my Facebook permanently in August of 2012 and never looked back.

    As far as processors are concerned, it's a very interesting time to be alive. I would have bought an i7-8700K before Spectre/Meltdown, but I'm glad I didn't and it's also nice to see AMD forcing 8 core chips into the mainstream. I hope Zen 2 is incredible. However, I wouldn't overlook the possibility of Intel pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Single threaded performance is a battle AMD hasn't won in years, unfortunately. Hopefully AMD's continued quick pace into die shrink-downs can help them secure a long-awaited victory in that area too.

    I look forward to someday throwing out my Razer Blade laptop from a couple of years ago and getting a real (desktop) computer again.



    Ken/anyone else reading,


    I'll give you admin back but you have to pay me $60 for the hosting from the PayPal from about 1 million years ago.


    Beyond that, this site is currently costing $5/mo to host and *roughly* $10 per year for the domain.


    Also, the cocksuckers at Invision want $25 per 6 months to continue to offer us support and new versions aka bugfixes. This will be the first time that we had to give IPS money since... 2005? They conned me into accepting a new license structure a few years ago and part of the incentive to switch was to give me a couple of years worth of free support and updates.

    We had lifetime free updates but no support, so I don't know how exactly they tricked me into giving up the lifetime free updates in exchange for free updates and free support for 2 years then $50/year every year after for infinity. Somehow, we lost though. Even still, it's a discounted rate over their current renewal price. I would honestly switch to a free BB but I can't find any converters for IPB4 nor any decent BB software other than vBulletin.


    So, in the end, AE costs $60/hosting + $10/domain + $50/ipb. $120 per year. The domain renewal fluctuates by a dollar and change every year or so.


    I just renewed the domain a few weeks ago until Sept 17th 2018. Hosting is paid for until Jan 1st 2018. First IPB renewal ever is October 1st (in 2 weeks). Can you cash app or venmo me $60? I'll put it towards either the hosting or the IPB renewal or a combination of the two. I'm going to let IPB expire on October 1st and wait until the next bugfix update comes out. It could be a few months until the next patch comes out and there's actually a need for the update/support renewal.

  5. 11 hours ago, TeleportSandwich said:

    I've been considering this as well but just the one 3 day  class for the system admin test cost over a thousand dollars. Unless I can get an employer to reimburse me for that I don't see myself ever learning it


    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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