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Old 02-25-2016, 10:06 AM   #1
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Old 02-25-2016, 10:13 AM   #2
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I'm a Systems Administrator of a small school. Been enjoying it since I started, but as much as I love it, I'm ready to get into the private sector and work.
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Old 02-25-2016, 10:48 AM   #3
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Old 02-25-2016, 11:09 AM   #7
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Old 02-25-2016, 11:18 AM   #8
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Does teaching Tech Apps at the Junior High level count? LOL

But seriously, I do that as well as run an IT company on the side. I have a CCNA from Cisco which allows me to make pretty good money on the side. I have a few buisness' in Corpus that I have contracts with. They understand it is usually 24-48hr turn around time. I also do some residential stuff on the side that is play money.
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Does COBOL count
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Old 02-25-2016, 11:40 AM   #11
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Old 02-25-2016, 12:27 PM   #13
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Im a network security guy and have been for about 20 years.
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Old 02-25-2016, 12:57 PM   #16
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:02 PM   #17
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36 years of IT bliss!

Started in 1983 on 8086 Unix systems
Forced to support Windows, Novell, Banyan Vines, OS/2 and Apple during the mid 90s mixed with Unix (Xenix, CTOS & Solaris).

Networks were once old X.25 framed networks to IP 4 & 6 now (pre & post Internet)

I've worked in military classified system NOCs, Fortune 100 (Charles Schwab IT Director) & INC. 500 data centers. Consulted a few gigs along the way...Dell, Toshiba & Phillips Medical as well as gigs around San Antonio for small to medium businesses.'

Held IT Manager, IT Director, Sysadmin, Network Admin, Security Officer and Network engineer titles as well. Titles don't mean squat.....stick time in the trenches sitting in the hot seat does!

Seen a lot through these years. Been a fun as heck ride too!

I'm charged with overseeing an INC. 500 firm now, with multiple locations throughout Texas with a fleet of 60 plus mobile workforce. 140 folks in the firm, scattered around Texas. I just hired IT number two, last May. Been holding this gig down single handily for roughly 5 years before I finally had to hire some help. We coined a bit over 20 million last year. Virtualized this place around 3 years ago...and ripped out an old Shoretel VoIP infrastructure, replacing it all with Cisco Business Edition 6000.

Here's what we are powered by....ask questions if anyone is interested in knowing something along these solution lines.

* Wireless fleet services management via mobility solutions from Trimble Nav & AT&T 4gLTE
* VMware ESXi 5.5
* Sage MAS ERP 2013
* Ascent-sys MyTech Field Management
* Sage Time & Attendance
* FusionRMS Retail Management Systems
* Sage HRMS
* Scanco Warehouse Automation
* ASG-Cypress Document management
* Cisco VoIP - Business Edition 6000
* Microsoft Technologies
* Watchguard Technologies
* FreshDesk
* TimeWarner & AT&T FDDI Ethernet, PRI & MPLS
* PDA - Samsung, Macintosh, Microsoft & HP
* Apple Technologies
* HP Servers & Tablets
* Cisco Servers
* Trend Micro
* Barracuda Networks
* Wyse
* EMC SAN & LUN
* Remote Access & Remote Management
* InfoSec
* B2B Portals
* Web & Ecommerce
* Cisco Routers, PoE Switches, APs, Firewalls
* Canon MFPs & WIFI Mobile Print solutions

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Old 02-25-2016, 01:07 PM   #18
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40+ years. DOS, POWER/VS, JES2, MVS, Win-x, Novell, MS, LAN/WAN, Voice ... got the gray hairs to prove it too. And yes, COBOL counts, just as much as PL1 and Assembler!
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:11 PM   #19
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:32 PM   #20
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Old 02-25-2016, 03:43 PM   #21
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30+ years in electronics R&D, semiconductor R&D, software development and now mechanical engineering outsourced product development. All in business development, sales and marketing. I co-founded a startup developing a hw/sw product that raised $15 million before it crashed in Q4 of 2008, it was ugly.
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Old 02-25-2016, 03:48 PM   #22
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I'm at the bottom of the IT ladder. I get the calls at 2am saying this **** computer won't do anything. Drive to the hospital and show nurse where the numbers lock is and go back home.
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Old 02-25-2016, 03:50 PM   #23
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I hotwired an etch-a-sketch to a toaster oven and old flip phone once and got to talk dead Ronald Reagon for 35 minutes before my dog jumped in my lap and shook the screen.
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Old 02-25-2016, 03:55 PM   #24
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Old 02-25-2016, 04:33 PM   #25
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I hotwired an etch-a-sketch to a toaster oven and old flip phone once and got to talk dead Ronald Reagon for 35 minutes before my dog jumped in my lap and shook the screen.
Too bad I already got the patent on that!
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Old 02-25-2016, 04:37 PM   #26
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30+ years. IT Director last 7 years. I say it is my karma for not going to college. You always have to learn, study, and read. You can know everything today about your environment but tomorrow they release a new version and it's back to learning.
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Old 02-25-2016, 04:39 PM   #27
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Old 02-25-2016, 04:41 PM   #28
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Been at it for 20 years now.
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Old 02-25-2016, 05:17 PM   #29
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I hotwired an etch-a-sketch to a toaster oven and old flip phone once and got to talk dead Ronald Reagon for 35 minutes before my dog jumped in my lap and shook the screen.
Weren't you trying to build a clock though?
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Too bad I already got the patent on that!
PM from my lawyer sent
I burned my hand on the toaster and got sand in my eyes..
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I burned my hand on the toaster and got sand in my eyes..
PM sent from my lawyers!
That is what you get for stealing my IP jerk! Clearly you forgot steal the part about the dependency on goggles and oven mitts.
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If you want to consider it in technology I'm a PM at a network cabling company.
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Old 02-25-2016, 05:43 PM   #34
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Almost at the ten year mark, here!

I'm broadly experienced across nearly all schools of IT academia, but my primary forte is Linux Engineering/Architecture and DevOps (with a focus on Ansible).
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Here. Software director of a web development team.
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:23 PM   #39
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Good stuff. Keep it coming! I've always enjoyed the "Hey oil guys!!" thread, so I thought we could get a Hey Tech Guys!! thread going to get us though the off season.
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:33 PM   #40
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Large focus in VMWare virtualization and Cloud (public/private). Also design storage solutions for Oracle, SQL, environments.

Big focus in data protection: Backup, Recovery, and Archive solutions. Dedupe, replication, compression, ok I'm boring myself now!

Seems like I just started, but 18 years have blown by...
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Here. Software director of a web development team.
And BigL is very good at SQL development, change management, Technology Staff management, hammering tough development project timelines and has earned a lot of coin and respect in the Charles Schwab organization!

He also knows a lot about Broker\Dealer operations, Call Center operations in support of Stock Exchange trades and he's not too shabby at watching the Market and hammering trade executions when it's time to hit CLICK!

He's also very savvy at the immensely proprietary, ECN feeds, market data information, riding across dedicated VPN frames from the New York and Chicago stock exchange networks.

He can tune a production SQL server to run like a scalded cat, with historical writes to a back-end historical server....without missing a query.

He's full of talent......probably forgot some of that old VB and C++ stuff from our yester years, but i bet he can still remember a lot of it today?

We both worked a .COM start-up, that was previously known in Austin as CyberCorp.com. During 2003, we pulled more Internet traffic, in the entire State of Texas, during Nasdaq Market open - first hour, and the last hour of the trading day, than any other business in Texas. Radio Shack, Compaq in H-Town, Dell in Austin...none of them even came close. We had the senior Executives at Dell on speed dial, and Cisco and Intel would dump gear at our shop, to run load test data on hardware, that had yet to be released to the general public. NIC's tuned by Intel, to support the data load we we polling during our trade periods.

We ordered servers by the 18 wheeler full, getting everyone involved with unloading these servers on pallets and staging them in our data center. We had to record and catalog all phone calls and trade market data onto CDROM, and this information had to be electronically available for 7 straight years. The pressure to deliver, and stay in good standing with the SEC was at a premium. I had to deal with these SEC guys every year. My self and our lawyer sat in a room and I answered questions, non-stop, keeping us in good standing with the Feds. They sent their hot shots in, all of them versed in various facets of IT Operations and their entire goal, was to find weakness and non-compliance to their tight regulations. It was brutal, but I learned a ton during this period.

Dealt with the ILoveYou virus, the SQL Slammer worm......and sat through software audits with the BSA. It was seriously a nerve wracking, super fast paced, work environment.

We've hammered beers and gobbled pizza when we hit Trading records...knocking out 60,000 trades at $14.95 a pop. During this time frame, a standard DS3 circuit ran $75,000 dollars per month! My IT budget was running around 1.6 million dollars and we supported 1500 servers, in support of Day Trading activity around the USA.

Both of us got sucked into the Charles Schwab acquisition, and both of immediately received raises that are hard for me to realize, how lucky we were during this small period in Internet history.

At CyperCorp we played CounterStike and Halflife on the Corporate network, hosting a CounterStrike server on Friday night and on into the wee hours of Saturday morning, playing 1st person shooter video games over our huge Internet pipe. We formed a clan, drove to Dallas with the then new Flat panel monitors, custom game PCs and played in the CyberAtheleticLeague tournament (CPL). We had a developer build a CounterStrike map that mirrored our building....all 3 floors. The CEO (Hack) was a hostage sitting at his desk LOL! Oh man those were fun times.

These were really our glory days. The days before VoIP, the days before solid SAN storage solutions, when WIFI first started to hit the business community.

Texasbowhunter.com was in her early years. Face book, My Space and You Tube were non-existent, and many of us had to host our own personal Internet registrations, to share photos and hunting videos on the Internet.

Heck, there was a period where I helped work through some TBH database issues here.

Legdog and I even killed the TBH server, pouring hundreds of photos on the site, in a pixel war LOL!

Darn good times during a very interesting period in American ECommerce history!

Leland...I really miss working with you Brother! We went through some serious good times, and the memories will always be at the forefront of my professional IT career.

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Scenes at CyberCorp.com early 2000s....probably 2003 or so.

Surfing TBH from inside the Data Center


The Database farm...much of BigL's code is riding inside these racks. Our first SAN, a XIOTech chassis pair, house SQL trade data. We moved out of this into Hitachi a bit further into the SAN evolution.

A pair of high dollar, 4 proc Dell 8 U's are running in the lower right, next to the Xiotech to the left.
SQL 2000 cost $10,000 bucks per CPU then. That's $80,000 bucks in SQL alone, nested inside thee 2 servers. The server chassis from Dell, went over 15k a pop! Heck, the cost of this scene alone is big bucks. We had literally 3 rows of servers to the right of this spot. Each one filled to the hilt with 2 U Dell 2450 servers. Multi-homed and running in production and hot standby. 50 TONS of A/C kept this farm cool and our battery backup was downstairs, literally taking up a huge footprint in the lowest portion of this building. A huge Cat diesel generation sat outside just to the left of this scene. My office was about 20 ft from this spot, BigL was about 50ft behind me in this shot.


Core routers and switches, VLAN segmentation with multiple subnets in support of 1500 servers, 200 employees and 5,000+ clients. Mixed in this circus, are ECN market feed frames, many of them fractional or full frame T1s. All encrypted and running proprietary ECN protocols, encapsulated within their respective IP packets. Each feed, required big money for real-time market data information. Cisco ASA firewalls were so new, we had ASA cards stuffed inside our premise routers.

Before the Feds outlawed HONEYPOTS, we would stick a couple of Dell boxes up inside our DMZ and run BLACKICE to troll hackers, who were targeting our network. Once we had a lock on one of these clowns, we would wait till the market shut down, and then we would point about 20 or 30 servers at their Public IP and blast them with 166Mbs of dedicated Internet backbone. A massive DOS attack, taking them off net till we shut down our attack

Other times we would give them access to a network printer LOL! Oh man, the cheap crap we did then to pass the time and hammer these clowns!


We hired a couple of California, day trade hot shots, who traded millionaire dollars on the stock market, using our software - CYBERTRADER. This was a first time anyone in the Stock trade community attempted to provide real-time, voice\data collaboration sharing screens of what these guys did, speaking in a classroom mode, to a select group of traders. This was years before Citrix and GoToMeeting, or GoToMyPC etc.. Sharing screen and voice data was a real challenge and this 2 person layout, where these guys sat (STUDIO) required me to get creative in displaying these screens and segmenting their traffic out of eating up portions of our Corporate bandwidth. I forgot how many Dell PCs I had stuck into this studio to get this thing hot, but...we pulled it off!

If memory serves me correctly, each one of these first generation flat panels ran around 2k per pop. Money was no object, when making more money and earning new clients was the goal. A smart and successful trader continues to trade. It's a full blown job, many waking at 3 am to research before the market opened. We even supported dedicated point to point networks, to some of our more prominent clients. We also supported dedicated frame circuits, to day trading shops, willing to use our software and paying for real time, and real fast, stock market feed data.

What I would have payed to have a truly virtualized infrastructure during these years!

Note the NEXTEL on the belt LOL! We all had Nextel's and lunches in Austin, one would chirp, and everyone would grab their NEXTEL to check

The TV's, tuned to market research feeds....these were the days right before the big screen flat panel screens hit the street.

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