Shion, as others have stated this is really a great and unique way to help out the other members here at OCN. I discovered this site in the middle of the year 2012. At the time I was running a crummy craptop my brother gifted me for Christmas the year before. I LOVED that laptop to death as it was the first computer that I had owned in almost a decade. At different points in my life I had held very good jobs in the IT sector. I did everything being the IT help desk manager for a Fortune 50 company to Web Design Dept manager for a small independent ISP to going into business for myself. This last is where things really started to fall apart. I was actually doing quite well for myself, had a house bought and paid for in 4 years near Avon, CT. I was busting my hump finding clients, meeting clients, designing sites and doing the backend programming. I was working 18-20 hours a day and I loved it. My wife, ex wife now, on the other hand did not. She was constantly complaining, from the time she woke up, til the time she finally started snoring. All I heard all day was, "You never spend any time with me." "You never pay attention to me." "I never see you!"
Now mind you, I was working for myself. I worked out of our house in our finished basement which I had turned into my office. It had every amenity you could think of. Sofa, loveseats recliners, tables chairs, TV's, pool table, extra computers etc. Everything one might need to entertain clients. I would tell her, "Come down to the office with me." Things along those lines. I was working like a mad man. There was a reason behind that as well. I had moved to CT shortly after I graduated HS down in the DEEP South. In a little town called Adel, GA. Talk about small town, at the time there were 4 red lights, 2 grocery stores, 2 gas stations, and 50 churches. The average graduate from HS there wound up either busting their backs doing farm work or manual labor, the lucky ones would find a job doing factory work. A lo got out through the military. I had gotten out and through the luckiest of events had met a friend who was getting their masters in CS at MIT. I read every book that Mike had, I have excellent reading comprehension and retention skills, borderline photographic memory if I read it. I learned C+ C++ BASIC PERL and a host of other programming languages including HTML. HTML as simple as it is would be the one that really changed my life, in addition to that I had a very good design sense and was fairly graphically talented. Which is a big help when designing and developing web sites.
I kept in contact with my friends in GA for awhile and we would compare what we were doing. Most of them were working minimum wage jobs, I with my HS diploma and what I had learned on my own was working for various Fortune 100 companies in IT depts. making TONS of money. It was almost like a fairy tale, good ole southern boy makes good! Looking back now, I realize just how lucky I had been and appreciate how the winds of fortune can change so quickly and drastically.
Back to the ex wife, I had flown out to California to meet some clients who wanted me to design some Pron sites for them. I know, that might sound kind of sleazy to some, but I was running a business and paying bills and putting money aside for the future. I finished up my business a day early and flew home. I was excited to be home, the deal I had made was going to pay quite well upfront and the residual's were going to be great. I got home and walked into the house, went up stairs and was wondering where my wife was, she didn't work. She was no where to be found, I shrugged it off and thought she might have gone out to eat with a friend or whatever. As I walk down the hall to our bedroom I see that the room is lowly lit, as I near the door I hear the sounds of sex. I didn't think anything of it, she's watching some pron and double clicking her mouse, right? NO I walk through the door and there she is, in flagrante delicto with another guy.I'm like WT!??????? Sotonot get into much more of that, she wound up leaving that night and filing for divorce before the week was out.
We divorce, the judge gives her the house and most of our accumulated property. She hadn't worked since we had been married and the judge thought it best if she was taken care of. I decide to return to GA to visit family and friends which I hadn't seen in almost 10 years. I live off of my savings and enjoy life a little, meet some women who were "fast" and into some crazy things, illicit drug usage and things of that nature and I joined them. Before I know it 8-9 months have passed and I am broke! I start looking for a job and quickly realize that the South is still 10 years behind the rest of the country technologically speaking. This was a few years after the Dot COM bubble had burst and it was impossible to get a job in IT without a college degree. So all the years of experience I had were all for naught. I am forced to find a lovely minimum wage job flippin burgers and slinging hash at a Waffle House. I went from making ~$75/hour to make $5.25 an hour. Now, my friends, that is something that will really screw up your head and self esteem lol. There were many more dark days like that, many, many more.
In the last few years I have begun concentrating my work experience and jobs towards industrial maintenance, I now work as a maintenance tech in an automated sortation environment, working on conveyors and forklifts as well.Life has taken a turn for the better for me, again.
I built a very good system for myself this year. An amd fx-8350, 16gb corsair xms3 ram, an msi tf III 7950, a sabertooth mobo, an antec kuhler 920. As I was building this system it all came back to me, how much I loved working in IT and building and creating systems, networks, and sites. I am trying to open an honest to god computer building/modding parts store here in Savannah GA where the next best thing is a BestBuy
I need a system that I can use for this business which is slowly starting to take off. I have been buying parts from the market place here on OCN to build demo and showroom models to show people what is possible. I want to demystify the computer and its workings to the people in this area. Please help me to help them
*ETA* as of today I have 11 rep+4months+401 posts = 1+0+8= 9 entries * this is first entryEdited by azrael36 - 5/9/13 at 12:59pm