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What do you do for a living?

lextaliones_

5 months ago

I'm curious what the dynamics are of this crowd. I've enjoyed seeing how many unique people share a common admiration for all things computer! Especially for those outside of IT/CS fields.
I am a 24-year old and live alone and fully support myself and my feather baby (bird). I have been playing video games casually since I owned my first super nintendo. During my senior year of college I had made an instagram solely for sharing screenshots from video games. I ended up making a ton of friends and found the instagram gaming community. They all convinced me to stream on twitch so I did through my PS4 during college. I graduated with a dual degree in Cell + Molecular Biology with Philosophy and minor in Biochemistry. ( yes, a nerd). I got a job within a few months of applying at a small private company in upstate New York as a molecular biologist. I moved out onto my own the week before I started working. I continued to stream, but grew frustrated with my game variety and streaming options. Eventually, a ton of people said to look into building a PC. I didn't know anything about PC building, but quickly did my research and for a few months I designed and saved up for all the parts. I ended up falling in love with everything about building PC's especially the pride you take in it once its finished. But yeah, moral of the story- I work full-time cloning DNA, yet still have found myself totally wrapped up in the PCPP community and lifestyle. Whats your story?

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  • 5 months ago
  • 8 points

49 years old, live in the DC metro area. Software developer/krispy kreme technician. Slowly being sapped of my will to live. Part time PCPP columnist/opinion contributor. Spontaneous author of ephemeral short stories.

  • 5 months ago
  • 7 points

I'm sorry, all I saw was

Part time PCPP ... krispy kreme technician

  • 5 months ago
  • 6 points

Do you have an opening? I'll send you my resume.

  • 5 months ago
  • 7 points

You forgot Founder and CEO of the Bank of Gork, Former Senator of Naboo, Former Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic and current standing Emperor of the Galactic Empire.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Well I didn't want to brag. But you're right. At the very least, I should have mentioned that I am also the Chair of the GorkBucks central bank.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes your excellency.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

did somebody say krispy kreme?

  • 5 months ago
  • 7 points

I make my living off of being my parents child

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

ha same here

  • 5 months ago
  • 4 points

26 years old. Central MD. Govt contractor in the engineering/CS/cyber security/counter terrorism field.

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

So you play CSGO as CT for a living?

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

He has over a hundred endorsements on LinkedIn for "Rushing B".

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Web Designer, I.T. Tech, Dialer tech, for Medical Marijuana, real estate and other stuff.

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

25, NE MO, B2B/B2C Sales Representative in the Sporting Goods and Firearms industries.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet? Own any firearms? I own my own remington 1100 12g!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Several.

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

19

Fresh out of high school and a VoTech class

IT assistant for a Tribal Government building

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice try FBI. You will get neither my age, nor the 72 tons of coke in my lego bin:

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Confirmed 72 year old woman with a lego addiction.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

What use could a tank possibly have of LEGO?!?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

What use wouldn't a tank have with Lego?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Winning a chess match?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Lego chess. Build a board. Build your pieces. Very fun.

Great now I am going to build a chess board and use clones and droids as the pieces. Thank you for wasting half of my day.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s not a waste of half the day if you post the results in a thread in off-topic.

(winks)

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm an 18 y/o trans female. I work as a DSP, or a Direct Support Professional, I assist people with mental and physical disabilities to help them live the most normal life they possibly can, I have been a dsp for over a year, loved every second of it, actually just went fulltime at my work and I graduated from high school earlier this year, been apart of the pcpp community for about 3 years when I learned about it in my hardware and operating systems class in school.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the instructor mention PCPP in the class? That's really cool if so.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

No I discovered it from a friend and when I was browsing around, he walked by and said, hey wait till we get further into the course to use that correctly. By that time I was already building PC lists and knowing what everything was, which helped me pass....so pcpp literally helped me pass my class.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I think my profile covers it pretty well, including an age hint which I'll add to by saying I first ran into TOPS-10 6.04 doing summer work as a freshman in college.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

53 years old, Pittsburgh suburbs, Estimating and technical support for a glass fabrication company.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

48 - Detroit Suburbs - Technical Sales Automotive Test Equipment. Ready to retire, except for the financial part of that equation ;-)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

37, bookkeeper, husband and father of two boys. Looking to change to something in the tech industry, but honestly not sure what to do. Accounting is good work, but it's not fulfilling to me. Then again, providing for my family is more important than being choosy with my career path.

PC building and learning about all the upcoming tech has become a huge passion of mine recently. I wish I could either do something with it (like find a job doing it), or keep that enthusiasm under control. I seriously can't stop thinking about it, at least when I'm at work.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

20, Specialty Carpenter Contractor. To be more specific, we go in and finish jobs when another contractor goes under, happens more than you think. It also involves alot of traveling. Side business of flipping PC's with my friend. I do not plan on doing my main job for 30 years, sure the pay is high but the work is uninteresting.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Full stack software developer for client/server system. Older than anyone here. Old enough to be a dad to some I'm sure. Have worked in software dev for a number of years, also worked building rack-mount industrial PCs for a time - and did customer support for those systems as well. Worked as a field service tech - that was lame. Called to a downtown building to the 10th floor, escorted in, fix a jammed printer. It wasn't always like that, but those were the low points. However, I went to many areas of the city and county which made it mildly interesting. Side job which pays $0 is my iphone app development. In the southern California metro area.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Older than anyone here.

Maybe, maybe.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

TOPS-10? Never heard of it, so you are probably correct with the age assessment.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

26 years old, Central Maryland, Accountant in a private real estate company near Baltimore.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

18, just graduated high school waiting to go to college this fall. I currently work as an IT intern at an engineering firm in Richmond, VA. Excited to go to college, not so excited for the debt. I want to major in Computer Engineering with a minor in Economics.

I have been on PcPartpicker since I believe my 8th-grade year (I made a new account in 2017). I love this community so much and if I ever have a question or just want to nerd out over computer stuff this is my goto place and its nice to have people who:

  1. Understand wtf I am saying
  2. Are always happy to help
  3. Probably sit on this site because they are bored at work/school/home and have nothing better to do in mind. Like me :)
  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

38, software developer. Kind of got started late, so I don't have the 15-20 years of professional experience a lot of folks my age might. But it doesn't really matter either.

Didn't really go to highschool, and kind of fell through the cracks in the system. But I was good enough at learning and being nerdy that it didn't really cripple as much as you might imagine. Got around to getting my GED at 20, started college a couple years after that eventually graduated with a BCS and a 3.5 GPA with fairly minimal effort.

At any rate I'm doing pretty meat and potatoes .NET development. You're never going to use anything I write. But it pays pretty well, as far as software development goes it's shockingly flexible but we manage it pretty well as a team so it's a rare case of "this is why we still have nice things", and beats delivering mail in July or January. Or being a janitor. Or construction cleanup. Or working for a major airline as a counter agent/ground crew. All jobs I did in my twenties. Although those jobs were valuable in teaching me all sorts of things that help in weird ways.

Coincidentally the company I work at has a travel department and I have to do development related to that, and they use the same reservation system the airline I worked at used. And seeing how developer documentation usually blows. Having some understanding of the business and the system as a user is really beneficial for filling in those gaps. It was also good for public speaking... Because nothing gets you over a fear of public speaking like having to tell a hundred folks their flight is canceled, their plans are ruined, the airlines don't control the weather, so no there won't be any compensation, and all the other flights are full, and the next available flight is at 11am.

At any rate I started gaming on a used Atari 2600. Games that sucked, and you still had to use your imagination. Those games built character, because they just get harder and faster until you die, just like life!

Couple of years later we got a NES. I was pretty bad at NES games. Every jerk in school claimed to have beaten Super Mario Bros. they day they got it. It took me years. In hindsight they were probably omitting how much they'd played it at a friends house and knew all the things. And that's not something I had going for me.

For me the SNES is my childhood console. Many of my fondest gaming memories center around it. Even after I got an N64, the SNES was still a major part of gaming for me. I still have my SNES and games. My N64 too, but outside of Star Fox and Ocarina of Time I'm just meh about it.

I got into PC gaming after that and that's been my primary thing for nearly 20 years now. Although I did buy a WiiU and later a Switch, so that's been OK too.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

24 years old, living in New England, and I work in a financial institution. My life is something of a duality in that during the day I'm a suit-wearing, prim and proper, business professional, but at night I'm yelling at a screen with my friends while wearing slightly askew pajamas with a half eaten pizza sitting on my desk.

Such is life though ¯_(ツ)_/¯

I got interested in gaming waaaay back when my older brother got his first console. I was so young I don't even remember what it is. Things progressed further when we got the N64 and I got my first gameboy. Since then, gaming has been a part of my life and has progressed to me building several computers (for myself and friends) to further develop my involvement in the gaming world.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

26 y/o working as a quality engineer at a manufacturing company. Currently pursuing a master’s in engineering management. Can’t wait for December 2020 when I’ll finally be done with college (hopefully for the rest of my life). Happy to have been part of the PCPP community for roughly 2 years. It’s crazy how all of a sudden you can develop a huge new hobby.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

14, in the DC regiongoing to school washington-liberty

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Your school has a good track, I've run on it before lol.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

age: enough to be going through that thing that you have to through before you get to college

What I do: living off my parent's money*, pro at barely getting an A in classes, making part lists for the ignorant, being a pessimist, etc.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Intern at a management consulting firm. Also currently a student at NYU Abu Dhabi, but a former resident of the Silicon Valley.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

14 years old, haven't been on PCPP in a long time, and I am a student going into highschool. Just the norm for kids my age.

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  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I hope your test went well!

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  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats!

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