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post May 1 2007, 07:28 PM
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post May 1 2007, 08:16 PM
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Thanks a lot blindwillie, Zedd and sb81! That's what i needed to know! Thanks! Now i know it's the same way everywhere! I was all crazy thinking only this country sucks in IT education but it seems it's the same way everywhere. And those 55 years old teachers are driving me crazy! A total beginner in guitar knows about guitar more than those teachers about computer! Sad but true!


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post May 1 2007, 09:00 PM
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Hi!! I would like to tell you something about me. I am finishing my Sound & Recording and Sound & Video Post production studies at the University. I have learnt very interesting things in the University but I learnt more things working at recording studios.
I have studied guitar for 10 years with teachers and also by myself and I still continue studying. I want to be a great musician and a great music productor. I would also like to be a film music composer.

Nowadays I work for GMC, as a producer of two bands and I'm finishing the first LP of my band Cirse (We are in the mastering process!).


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post May 1 2007, 09:16 PM
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QUOTE (Pavel @ May 1 2007, 03:16 PM) *
Thanks a lot blindwillie, Zedd and sb81! That's what i needed to know! Thanks! Now i know it's the same way everywhere! I was all crazy thinking only this country sucks in IT education but it seems it's the same way everywhere. And those 55 years old teachers are driving me crazy! A total beginner in guitar knows about guitar more than those teachers about computer! Sad but true!


Just to add my 2c - I got a good Computer education I think, but they taught me Pascal and a whole bunch of other stuff that while interesting, wasn't what people use in the real world. If I had to pick some useful stuff out of what I learnt I would say that when you've learnt one computer programming language you've learnt them all (apart from functional languages like prolog - they are crazy!), so learning the first one well is useful.

I Taught myself C at college, glad I did because that's what everyone was using when I came out. About once a year I use a concept from my studies that people without compute degrees are impressed by, but now, after 15 years in the industry, 99.4% of what I do I learnt on the job.

I now do a lot of presales work, based at home which is cool, but every now and again I manage to sneak off and do some programming or web development work which is the thing I still enjoy most - in the field of computers that is. Still looking for a way to dump it all and be a rock star though smile.gif


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post May 1 2007, 09:22 PM
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I'm still at school, although it is my last year this year before heading off to study mechatronic engineering at Auckland university.

I have a part time job as a web developer though doing contract websites for people which is fun and pays great.


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post May 1 2007, 09:56 PM
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post May 1 2007, 10:18 PM
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i'm another one working with the computers biggrin.gif , but i'm a 3d artist. for a wille i'm freelancing and i have lately a lot of time for practice my guitar... and a few time to earn some money biggrin.gif
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post May 1 2007, 10:41 PM
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@ Gabriel: Awesome to hear you are working with music full time! biggrin.gif

I am suprised to see half the gang (or more) are IT/computer experts...what am I doing here!? blink.gif biggrin.gif

Actually I have also studied a little Pascal programming as I started "Mathematics/Datalogy" (Swedish words, sorry) - however, the math was killing me. So applyed for not-having-to-do-the-math and only do the computers part, but they wouldn't let me. biggrin.gif So I quit.

I then took a two-years sportfishing degree (really!) which was excellent as it allowed me calm down with the fishing and play more guitar. (I was running like a wilde in the woods prior to that).

Now I do some private guitar teaching, work with gmc and try to get time for bands, practicing and recrding/writing.

I like the discussion about what you can learn by yourself and what you can learn from a standard university/college.

I have studied a lot of different topics on the university: Environmental care, French, Programming + Math (as mentioned), "Political studies" (don't know the English word), Sportfishing (biggrin.gif ok that wasn't really a university), Biology.

This might sound harsh - and I am quite sure this has to do more with me than the education I got, but to me...it all sucked bad. I didn't learn anything from the theory-oriented education. To me the people designing those courses start where they should end them... I know I share this point of view with lots of unemployed academic people here in Stockholm.


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Software Engineer and programmer. Had a NASA contract, but got lost when two of the contractors stopped playing nice with each other. The software project was in late prototype stage at that time, I am going to commercialize it. May just take it back to them, but I will own it. About a dozen good minds were involved in the design. I have Open Source stuff on the server end (I avoid Evilsoft stuff whenever possible), Actionscript (Flash) on the front end.It is pretty complicated, about 20,000 lines of code.

Pavel: I have let to find any practical use of my ability to perform Fourier transforms in any of my work since I left school. Welcome to the club.

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post May 2 2007, 12:54 AM
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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ May 1 2007, 01:50 PM) *
Computer consultant (my company makes Internet security software) - all the typing reinforces my guitar calluses wink.gif


My company also does computer security. I do security research specifically. What type of stuff Andrew?
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post May 2 2007, 02:28 AM
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Yes, another IT guy here. It’s weird to see so many of us here I guess. I did some school but got out, when like many the math was killing me. I could and still can teach myself anything I need to know. I manage a network for a mid size florist here in the Midwest, do their web stuff and if it has buttons or plugs in I am responsible for it. I do absolutely no programming really but I am antiquate with PHP and can build a mean website if I must. There is still some joy for me and PC’s but most of my fun is now had here at GMC.

Kris the English word is not much different. Political studies = “Political Science.”


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post May 2 2007, 03:13 AM
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QUOTE (unmarshal @ May 1 2007, 07:54 PM) *
My company also does computer security. I do security research specifically. What type of stuff Andrew?


We do carrier class security for the big guys - detection of DOS, DDOS, Worms etc in the core networks - how about you?


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post May 2 2007, 03:19 AM
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I work for the Department of Education in DC. I help universities with there financial aid......weird, I went from being a touring musician to a government job. I guess that's what happens when you start growing up.
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post May 2 2007, 04:18 AM
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I work in a resteraunt, doing mainteance and stuff. pretty cool job wiht good money, get to hang out with friends make fun of customers and ourselves and stuff, good times.
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post May 2 2007, 05:43 AM
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I own a "fast food" franchise, and build web pages on the side. Although I have to say that I've been building a lot less web pages now that I practice the guitar more.
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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ May 2 2007, 03:13 AM) *
We do carrier class security for the big guys - detection of DOS, DDOS, Worms etc in the core networks - how about you?


General security researcher, but am working for a product company that has a commercialized fuzzer (musecurity.com). Do you know the guys at arbor networks?
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post May 2 2007, 08:57 AM
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Well the jury is in.....Kris's teaching style appeals primarily to tech geeks and those working in the food industry. On his next release of the site, he can concentrate on presenting something that will be aesthetically pleasing to those two demographic groups.
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post May 2 2007, 09:43 AM
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Yeah like choosing website skin - if you are a tech guys you pick up a computer related skin. If you are a food guys you get hot-dogs and pizzas on your skin hahha But that way you get hungry right away! biggrin.gif


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post May 2 2007, 09:43 AM
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Add another IT dude here. I work for a big govt. contractor. I used to do development work but now I'm a manager. It pays the bills, but all things being equal - I'd rather be fishing.
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QUOTE (jeff @ May 2 2007, 03:43 AM) *
Add another IT dude here. I work for a big govt. contractor. I used to do development work but now I'm a manager. It pays the bills, but all things being equal - I'd rather be fishing.



If you don't mind saying, which contractor? Just curious having been in the beltway bandit industry myself. I worked with Raytheon, and also SAIC. Really mostly nice people. I would also rather be fishing.

QUOTE (Pavel @ May 2 2007, 03:43 AM) *
Yeah like choosing website skin - if you are a tech guys you pick up a computer related skin. If you are a food guys you get hot-dogs and pizzas on your skin hahha But that way you get hungry right away! biggrin.gif



Keeping in mind that is the basic diet of most tech guys, the same skins can probably work for both.
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