- Oct 1, 2020
Everyone has their specialty, or something they know really well. Where did you come from and why did you choose to specialize in what you do now?
I firmly believe that although it takes training and discipline to become a programmer, it is something that some people are wired for. For example, my dad was a tax accountant. When I was young and tax season rolled around, I would ask him for blank forms and the instruction sheets. I would then follow the instructions and "do my taxes." It wasn't until I was teenager that I realized that what I enjoyed doing was following an algorithm. Once I got on my first time-sharing system in high school. I was hooked.I didn't really have any choice. It chose me!
The direction and function of my job changed over the years as the technology changed, it was a completely different from when I started to when I finished.It seems like most people here found their place or niche that they just fit right into. But, were the options available at the start, or did you have to push your way into that direction?
For example, Alan, were the opportunities there already to work with TCP/IP and SNA? Or did you have to move yourself in that direction via different departments or creating your own opportunities?
If you think THAT's cool... How about X.25 over the air... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AX.25.That's super cool Alan holy crap. X25. Yes, this is the kind of thing I want to know more about. I didn't know that X25 was a thing, I only play X3 and X4 on my computer! Haha! But I believe that's the layer that I'd like to work with. I just like getting computers to talk..
Vela, I read the dictionary! Or manuals of hardware/video games. But learning how things work, that's what I want to know. I'm just so curious. I just want to know why it works and how it works on a very deep level. Electric circuits are interesting, I've got a small little logic gate application that I play sometimes to just have a little practice now and then. Same with Morse code.
Jem, do you know Scout? (Sorry....lol) Did you ever play NetHack?
It's also hard to fathom the design process of a particle accelerator as I have 0 experience with such a device.
The problem that you would find is that it costs a considerable amount of money to be an ISP. By the time you have paid for connections to your customer's homes/offices, paid for traffic sent from your network to others, built a Customer support system for when things go wrong, built a billing system to get some income, and a myriad of other things, ( telehone lines, staff wages, office costs, advertising, etc) you are into serious cash.Honestly, I'd love to have my own little ISP. For rural communities, helping people and providing the UTILITY the Internet really is so that everyone can have fair and dependable access to the internet.