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Topic: So what's everyone doing for a living these days
Falaanla Marr
I AM HOT CHIX
posted 10-10-2015 12:39:31 PM
Shit, I can't believe this board is still around, and there are a few people still here.

Anyways, what's everyone doing for a living these days? I remember back when the answer would be either high school student, college student, with a few people working grown up jobs.

Me, I moved to Wisconsin like 8 years ago now, went to grad school, but didn't finish. Moved on to work doing QA for a software company here in Madison for a couple of years. After that, I moved to where I am now, working for a company called Zendesk. Pretty cool place to be, started in Tier 2 support, just moved up to Tier 3 support. Didn't think I'd end up in tech support, but here I am.

What about you? What is everyone else up to these days?

Falaanla Marr fucked around with this message on 10-10-2015 at 12:40 PM.

Mightion Defensor
posted 10-10-2015 01:25:00 PM
quote:
Falaanla Marr wrote:
Shit, I can't believe this board is still around, and there are a few people still here.

Anyways, what's everyone doing for a living these days? I remember back when the answer would be either high school student, college student, with a few people working grown up jobs.

Me, I moved to Wisconsin like 8 years ago now, went to grad school, but didn't finish. Moved on to work doing QA for a software company here in Madison for a couple of years. After that, I moved to where I am now, working for a company called Zendesk. Pretty cool place to be, started in Tier 2 support, just moved up to Tier 3 support. Didn't think I'd end up in tech support, but here I am.

What about you? What is everyone else up to these days?


Inbound tech support still/again. At least its for commercial accounts; meaning the IQ level of my customers occasionally goes above 100.

But not always; for example, on one of my first calls, I got a woman whose MTA (phone modem) was dead- no power. So, I had her look on the back of it, and discovered there was nothing plugged into the power jack. Easy, right?

Well, no. Next followed 45+ minutes of asking her to find the power cord and plug it in; coupled with her saying "Oh, no, our UPS guy says it doesn't need it; it's all through the UPS."

I tried and I tried, but I could not convince this woman that UPS or no, the modem still needs a power cord plugged into it.

So not only did I spend 45 minutes trying to convince her she needed to plug her modem in, but I failed to do so.

Addy
posted 10-10-2015 01:30:20 PM
I used to work in advertising sales in the newspaper industry but landed a job late this year in media buying for an ad agency.
Gunslinger Moogle
No longer a gimmick
posted 10-11-2015 02:17:24 AM
I just got fired a week ago!

Back to temp and/or freelance crap for me.

Gunslinger Moogle fucked around with this message on 10-11-2015 at 02:17 AM.




moogle is the 3241727861th binary digit of pi

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Falaanla Marr
I AM HOT CHIX
posted 10-11-2015 11:13:46 PM
quote:
Mightion Defensor impressed everyone with:
Inbound tech support still/again. At least its for commercial accounts; meaning the IQ level of my customers occasionally goes above 100.

But not always; for example, on one of my first calls, I got a woman whose MTA (phone modem) was dead- no power. So, I had her look on the back of it, and discovered there was nothing plugged into the power jack. Easy, right?

Well, no. Next followed 45+ minutes of asking her to find the power cord and plug it in; coupled with her saying "Oh, no, our UPS guy says it doesn't need it; it's all through the UPS."

I tried and I tried, but I could not convince this woman that UPS or no, the modem still needs a power cord plugged into it.

So not only did I spend 45 minutes trying to convince her she needed to plug her modem in, but I failed to do so.


Incidents like this are why I love being Tier 3 support. Normally, people like this are caught before they get to me. Though I do occasionally have to get into discussions with people regarding internet speed and internet quality (regarding our VoIP app). You can have the fastest internet, but if it's dropping packets like crazy, that speed doesn't matter.

In the end, though, it's a pretty solid gig. I don't know if I could do initial inbound contact with any regularity, though. I've got respect for all y'all that can pull that off and not go crazy.

Falaanla Marr fucked around with this message on 10-11-2015 at 11:22 PM.

Random Insanity Generator
Condom Ninja El Supremo
posted 10-12-2015 05:39:06 AM
"Unix Server Monkey for Verizon".... Was doing it as a contractor last year, they cut all contractors late in the year, I did a brief "Unix Server Monkey" tour with Bank of America, they cut that contract early this year and I got brought back into Verizon as a full time employee instead of contractor.

rebooting servers with 1000 to 1300 days uptime still makes me cry.

* NullDevice kicks the server. "Floggings will continue until processing power improves!"
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"That was black magic, and it was easy to use. Easy and fun. Like Legos." -- Harry Dresden
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That's what playing Ragnarok Online taught me: There's no problem in the universe that can't be resolved by the proper application of daggers to faces.
Karnaj
Road Warrior Queef
posted 10-12-2015 08:15:50 AM
I'm a sysadmin for a public university. Good money, good hours, very few headaches. Keeping myself in decent shape. Life's good.
That's the American Dream: to make your life into something you can sell. - Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. - John Kenneth Galbraith



Beer.

Mortious
Gluttonous Overlard
posted 10-12-2015 12:01:01 PM
I restore classic cars.

Recent example from an Alfa Romeo 105 GT Veloce.

This:

To this:

It's pretty rewarding but very dirty, smelly, hard, unglamorous work. You get covered in all manner of crap, sometimes literally as the old method of filling holes in vehicles included chicken/cow shit mixed with newspaper and mesh (no, really!) and that old filler has to be removed. Usually all over my face and clothes.

You also get fucking numbnuts who don't know how to care for a classic car, buy one from you, then break the poor thing and blame you for it. Been to court twice now and the judge laughed both of them out of court.

I love it and wouldn't want to do anything else. Just glad I have a backer who has quite a bit of money otherwise this would not be possible at all. I'm not anything like those big garages shown in US TV shows (which are mostly completely staged and acted bullshit anyway), I'm just a small operation.

Bloodsage
Heart Attack
posted 10-12-2015 04:05:35 PM
I'm still in the Air Force, though winding down toward my retirement in a couple of years. Posted back to Europe last year, which is infinitely better than the basement of the Pentagon, where I was before.

Edit: that's really awesome, Mort.

Bloodsage fucked around with this message on 10-12-2015 at 04:06 PM.

To reign is worth ambition, though in Hell:
Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.

--Satan, quoted by John Milton

Rodent King
Stabbed in the Eye
posted 10-13-2015 12:25:23 AM
The only job I've ever had was a 'temporary' gig as an assistant teacher for my mom's child care center.

16 years later I'm the administrator, and my mom's enjoying a retirement of seemingly nonstop trips to Vegas, Cancun and Florida.

Work really varies as some days are slow, others have either parents or children screaming at me. Most of my time is on accounting work, gotta collect the tuition so I can pay the staff and taxes.

My inner child is bigger than my outer adult.
very important poster
a sweet title
posted 10-14-2015 04:24:07 AM
statistical inference in behavioral science. it's a lot more fun than it sounds. most things we think we know about behavior are based on statistical inference, and it turns out those things are mostly wrong. basically I still shitpost and intellectually masturbate 24/7, I just do it partly offline and get paid now. lovin' it.
hey
Kegwen
Sonyfag
posted 10-14-2015 10:02:57 PM
I do esports stream production and web development at WellPlayed Productions*. We recently wrapped up season one of the Archon Team League Championships.

* I didn't make the current site. We're working on a new one.

Blindy.
Suicide (Also: Gay.)
posted 10-18-2015 09:32:10 PM
Working as a consultant in application development. Right now I'm at a client implementing a CI/CD environment and consulting them on application development best practices.

Got 2.6 kids now too.

Tarquinn
Personally responsible for the decline of the American Dollar
posted 10-20-2015 01:38:23 PM
Key account manager for a subsidiary of a big 'murrican company.
~Never underestimate the power of a Dark Clown.
Bajah
Thooooooor
posted 10-20-2015 03:10:08 PM
IT Manager for Greater Houston, for the largest oil and gas services company in the world. I enjoy it. Gets real busy though.
Monica
I've got an owie on my head :(
posted 10-20-2015 03:52:36 PM
I work in the marketing department for a community college in the DFW area.
Pvednes
Lynched
posted 10-21-2015 08:37:58 AM
Biotech consulting, which in practice turned out to be basically biology-flavoured software development.
Y.O.T.C
No longer a Towel Girl
posted 11-02-2015 06:36:43 PM
Orthotic and Prosthetic technician. I make legs.
Random Insanity Generator
Condom Ninja El Supremo
posted 11-03-2015 03:51:12 AM
quote:
Y.O.T.C wrote this then went back to looking for porn:
Orthotic and Prosthetic technician. I make legs.

"Do they go all the way up?"

Has anyone come in asking for legs like they were from sailor moon? The "my body is 65% leg" kind legs?

* NullDevice kicks the server. "Floggings will continue until processing power improves!"
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"That was black magic, and it was easy to use. Easy and fun. Like Legos." -- Harry Dresden
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That's what playing Ragnarok Online taught me: There's no problem in the universe that can't be resolved by the proper application of daggers to faces.
Hellbender
Pooh Ogre
Keeper of the Shoulders of Peachis Perching
posted 11-04-2015 08:47:50 AM
quote:
Bajah stumbled drunkenly to the keyboard and typed:
IT Manager for Greater Houston, for the largest oil and gas services company in the world. I enjoy it. Gets real busy though.

Schlumberger? If so, I have a buddy that works over there as a VMware admin.

I'm a network security engineer for a bank.

Y.O.T.C
No longer a Towel Girl
posted 11-04-2015 08:52:06 PM
quote:
When the babel fish was in place, it was apparent Random Insanity Generator said:
"Do they go all the way up?"

Has anyone come in asking for legs like they were from sailor moon? The "my body is 65% leg" kind legs?


Technically speaking if you are a bilateral amputee we can increase and decrease your height by about 5-10% safely depending on how stable you are.

To better answer your question, only once.

To more oddly answer your question. I'm also a certified Orthotic Fitter and put stockings on people ALL the way up.

It's more horrible than you could ever imagine.

Karnaj
Road Warrior Queef
posted 11-05-2015 12:58:51 PM
Mmm, knuckles to taint.
That's the American Dream: to make your life into something you can sell. - Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. - John Kenneth Galbraith



Beer.

Bajah
Thooooooor
posted 11-05-2015 08:22:08 PM
quote:
Out of a possible 10, Hellbender scored a straight 1 with:
Schlumberger? If so, I have a buddy that works over there as a VMware admin.

I'm a network security engineer for a bank.


Tis the one, aye.

Hellbender
Pooh Ogre
Keeper of the Shoulders of Peachis Perching
posted 11-06-2015 08:41:25 AM
quote:
Bajah had this to say about (_|_):
Tis the one, aye.

I'd say it's a small world, but really who in Houston doesn't know someone who works/worked for them.

Mortious
Gluttonous Overlard
posted 11-07-2015 06:16:20 AM
quote:
Y.O.T.C said:
It's more horrible than you could ever imagine.

I don't know, I can imagine a lot of pretty horrible things if you'd like to give those a try instead.

Liam
Swims in Erotic Circles
posted 11-23-2015 10:09:04 AM
im a researcher in the department of chemistry at our local university.

i might open a brewery or something, i dont know.

Karnaj
Road Warrior Queef
posted 11-23-2015 09:53:24 PM
quote:
Liam got served! Liam got served!
im a researcher in the department of chemistry at our local university.

i might open a brewery or something, i dont know.


Now is the time. The number of breweries in the US has doubled in the last 5 years. It's basically a license to print money.

That's the American Dream: to make your life into something you can sell. - Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. - John Kenneth Galbraith



Beer.

diadem
eet bugz
posted 11-28-2015 08:54:29 AM
That's awesome, mort. You have a gallery?

edit: Oh, my answer is the same as it has been for the last 15+ years or so that I was on the forums; software stuff. Holy crap that makes me feel old.

diadem fucked around with this message on 11-28-2015 at 09:01 AM.

play da best song in da world or me eet your soul
Vorbis
Vend-A-Goat
posted 12-04-2015 12:17:19 AM
quote:
Falaanla Marr impressed everyone with:
Moved on to work doing QA for a software company here in Madison for a couple of years.

What about you? What is everyone else up to these days?


Bet I know the company.

I work in Madison at a software company; finance though.

Addy
posted 12-09-2015 09:05:02 AM
quote:
Vorbis stopped staring at Deedlit long enough to write:
Bet I know the company.

I work in Madison at a software company; finance though.


One of my cousins works at "a" software company in Madison too.

Led
*kaboom*
posted 12-13-2015 01:09:58 PM
Still retired, getting murdered by math in college x_x
Falaanla Marr
I AM HOT CHIX
posted 12-29-2015 12:14:19 AM
quote:
Vorbis had this to say about Robocop:
Bet I know the company.

I work in Madison at a software company; finance though.


I bet you DO know the company. Hah. Yeah, they were the only company that responded when I was trying to get out of Stevens Point. Had a very mixed experience at said company, but it was the best decision I made since it got me to Madison and got me experience in the tech field (journalism degrees don't carry much professional weight to be sure). I'm very happy down here in Madison, it's a great city. The place I work at now is pretty damn amazing. Here's a picture from when we opened our office. Working beer taps in the kitchen, and we now have 4 coolers of drinks over there in the back corner, all free. A snack wall, everything. Right on the square.

Falaanla Marr fucked around with this message on 12-29-2015 at 12:17 AM.

Redmage Darkrayver
Moron
posted 01-20-2016 12:03:33 PM
I've bounced around over the years, worked for a coffee shop for 5 years, ended up managing it before I left. That ended me up in Telecom inbound tech support for a couple years before leaving to work for EMC as front-line Customer Support before they laid off our entire department at the location I worked at.

I've been working for a Landscaping company for the past year and a half on lawn/garden maintenance.

Otherwise, I've been part of a Twitch Gaming talk show for the past year in my spare time, and enjoying it.

Azakias
Never wore the pants, thus still wields the power of unused (_|_)
posted 01-25-2016 08:17:15 AM
I was in the Navy for 10 years, until budget cuts happened and my particular job was on the chopping block. Went to work for L3 Communications for two years until I couldn't take the awfulness there anymore, and wound up as a field technician for GE. I get to travel every week and it's awesome.

I have several unpublished books written, and recently started a potential webcomic. I also have four children.

I'm old. So old. And I've gotten opinionated, vocal, and prolific in my old age. I read four to sic books a week and can write around 3000 words a day when I get squirrelly.

"Age by age have men stood up and said to the world, 'From what has come before me, I was forged, but I am new and greater than my forebears.' And so each man walks the world in ruin, abandoned and untried. Less than the whole of his being"
nem-x
posted 01-28-2016 07:57:14 PM
quote:
From the book of Azakias, chapter 3, verse 16:
I also have four children.

Karnaj
Road Warrior Queef
posted 01-28-2016 08:30:13 PM
There it is.
That's the American Dream: to make your life into something you can sell. - Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. - John Kenneth Galbraith



Beer.

Random Insanity Generator
Condom Ninja El Supremo
posted 01-28-2016 11:08:52 PM
Feels strange to be able to say I have a daughter who will turn 19 this year.
* NullDevice kicks the server. "Floggings will continue until processing power improves!"
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"That was black magic, and it was easy to use. Easy and fun. Like Legos." -- Harry Dresden
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That's what playing Ragnarok Online taught me: There's no problem in the universe that can't be resolved by the proper application of daggers to faces.
Azakias
Never wore the pants, thus still wields the power of unused (_|_)
posted 01-29-2016 03:52:11 AM
quote:
nem-x thought about the meaning of life:

And I've only been pregnant three times.

Might be a sign of the apocalypse.

My oldest just turned ten and holy shit I'm so old.

"Age by age have men stood up and said to the world, 'From what has come before me, I was forged, but I am new and greater than my forebears.' And so each man walks the world in ruin, abandoned and untried. Less than the whole of his being"
Bloodsage
Heart Attack
posted 01-31-2016 07:20:44 AM
You're old? I just turned 50, so neener.
To reign is worth ambition, though in Hell:
Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.

--Satan, quoted by John Milton

Drysart
Pancake
posted 01-31-2016 03:01:28 PM
50 used to sound so old but that's becoming increasingly less so every passing year.
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