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Just joined up. I'm Adam, I'm 25, and I'm planning on going to my local community college starting this fall... hoping to work my way into a BS for Computer Science and start working as a programmer somewhere down the line. Main reason for that is because general computer technicians are a dime a dozen around here and jobs in the IT field(at least actual non-contract, full-time jobs) are almost impossible to find. I have my A+ and Net+ certifications and haven't even used them in any sort of professional setting.

I'm not even sure what I'm going to be getting myself into, but I'm plannning on full-time school as well as an(albeit flexible) full-time job. My main reasons for doing this is because I want to go through the motions as quickly as possible; that and I don't have any other things to do on my plate. I obviously don't have or want children to take care of, I'm not married, nor do I really have any social or familial obligations to uphold... so I can focus on my studies first. I'm proud to say I don't live at home, I've got a car, pay rent on a house, and, most importantly, a clean slate. No debt other than any student loans I'll incur. Anyway.. who thinks my crazy plan might stand a chance of working out?

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xvmorganalefayv
Jan. 20th, 2009 06:46 am (UTC)
P.S. Specs? On that computer, I mean. I can't brag on mine because she's an antique but I just put #! (Crunchbang) Linux on her and she's LOVING it, and I'm not having the issues I had with Puppy (which was...uhm...listen, it's great for fixing things up but for use as a primary OS it's not wonderful).
paintitblack
Jan. 20th, 2009 08:04 am (UTC)
It's a laptop I got off of Craigslist for an amazing deal(I have no business affording something like this new); Dell XPS M1730. I'm not a huge Dell fanboy, but I'm currently bringing it up to max specifications. It's currently sitting at a Core 2 Duo T7500(2.2Ghz), 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD space(two 500GB HDDs), Geforce 8700M GT video card, and internal draft-802.11N. I'm running Vista Ultimate x64; not my first choice of OS but to be honest, it's not the steaming cowpie that a lot of people have made it out to be(barring some tweaks, of course)

I wanted something that's going to be powerful enough for me to code, run virtual machines, so on and so forth... pretty much able to do everything I need to do at school using my own personal computer. That and combined with the fact that my handwriting skills are about as sharp as a rubber butter knife, a laptop comes in handy. Might be larger and bulky, but it's definitely worth it. :) I'm not quite done yet, going for a Core 2 Extreme X9000 (2.8Ghz, unlocked for overclocking) processor and the nicer 8800M GTX graphics card that you can swap in. that's where my tax returns are going to this year. lol*

And, I have _nothing_ bad to say about 'vintage' computer equipment. I'm one of those retro gamers that also like messing with the hardware that they originally ran on... I have two working machines dating back to the mid '90s. :) I'd love to have a Linux box sometime in the future, but my room's stuffed chock full of computers and I don't really have the space for another tower. Does this make me too much of a geek? :D

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