I’m a retired Marine and have a small cattle ranch in NE Arkansas. I enjoy the fresh air & sunshine and being outside with nature.
When I’m not mending fences or putting up hay, I like to play with my computers and tinker with the various features of openSUSE. And, I’ve been known to experiment (and crash); the fun of it is then finding the fixes & workarounds.
Technically it’s called “Data and Systems Analyst” but really it’s a Programmer position for a small financial company.
Unfortunately I don’t get my hands on any of the Linux, Unix, etc systems. The closest I get is using the Virtual Machines for development environments on an openSUSE server, but the machines are running Windows Server 2003.
Primarily I am working with MS SQL Server, ASP.NET, Crystal Report, Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007. Nothing very in-depth, they had an outside company develop the Intranet before I came in, but brought me in with the intent of taking over the intranet and updating it as necessary.
Linux is my “hobby”. At home I have 1 1/2 Windows machine hold-overs (primarily for my wife), 2 linux servers (gateway/content filter and file server), 1 desktop linux (for the kids) and 1 laptop linux (for me! ).
I am also the leader of a local computer club’s Linux Special Interest Group in Connecticut.
With 3 kids,though, my computer time is getting shorter and shorter, but school will be starting by the end of this month so I’ll start getting some time back for myself.
My calling card currently states Sr. Designer although it doesn’t really describe anything - which is sorta how it’s supposed to be as we don’t really publish our work details.
Used to work for the gov’t and a few larger international corporations - got tired of all the crap and moved to work for a small digital/cellular shop, pay may be a lot worse but the job is a hundred times better and at least we get to develop something new.
Linux is part of my everyday work as some might have guessed already so I try to give a little back by helping on #suse and here at the forums - whenever I have spare time, even if it always doesn’t seem like it.
Just goes to show that it takes all walks of life to make this place what it is. Some of you surprised me to be honest. Subconsciously I must just think that all the people who contribute on here (or even use Linux as a whole) are the same type.
Obviously not true, especially liked 67GTA’s, made me smile, I havent seen a milkman in Glasgow in years, seems to be in decline which is sad.
But anyway I digress, I was just curious as to what people do for a living.
Network Engineer in the financial services sector.
Been at the same gig for 13 years. Been hanging out in the
Novell forums for almost as long. I use Linux
as my desktop OS, currently 10.3, but the company as a whole on the desktop
is a Windows shop. I have Windows, Netware, AIX and Linux running in the
background for server services but tptb have been drinking the Windows
kool-aid too long to change the desktop. I have managed to convert 1/2 the
office to OpenOffice and to some extent Firefox. Any old PC equipment that
gets kicked out gets SuSE stuffed on it and sent to some worthy
Funny thing is I read/post in forums for the fun of it and I help
out when I can. I try to communicate problems and such to the devs when I
see them recurring in forums and I am happy to assist others when they run
across some issue that I am familiar with. Hopefully on some level it
helps. I also p*** and moan to hardware/enterprise software vendors about
their lack of support. It’s gotta help when enterprise clients
I’m the SysAdmin for a small not-for-profit, running 5 Gentoo-based servers with 50+ assorted Windows and Mac boxen as well as 10 Linux kiosks. Been at it for 4 years now. Being divorced gives me plenty of time to mess about with comps.
> What do you lot do for a living?
> We cant all be linux gurus working for software dev companies
> I am only 20 and at uni so I’m a phone jockey at NHS 24 which is a out
> of hours health advice and GP appointment line. We also deal with
> emergancy/life threatening calls which is great fun. :rolleyes:
> Just thought it would be interesting to see what the heroes of the
> openSuse community do when not on here. Although Im sure were all
> guilty of logging on at work.
> As I am right now
> Registered Linux User #463848
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I’m almost 19, come the 20th, but I am in uni as well currently unemployed but am studying to be a network admin.
“We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than only freedom can make security more secure.” Karl Popper
Sales analyst. That’s a recent role though, my background for many years was mostly sales and product management, with a focus on network security. Finance and operations before that, but I won’t bore you with those details…
LOL, I wish (except when he has his afternoon nap ) our son is just
over 16 months old, walking, talking and into everything. I’m kept busy
trying to keep him occupied inside since the weather is so hot here at
At least I can get some stuff done around the house when he
is eating breakfast and lunch. Although we have had a friends daughter
around to babysit once a week during the summer break in the morning so
I can get yard work done and free up the weekends for family time
Oh and I use to work in the Telecommunications industry, from
Quality Assurance in manufacture of telephones to submarine cable
systems and as support engineer for network management systems
(software/hardware) mainly on Solaris, but there were some RH systems
as well supporting Colubris, Juniper and Riverstone equipment to name
else where wrote:
> Sales analyst. That’s a recent role though, my background for many
> years was mostly sales and product management, with a focus on network
> security. Finance and operations before that, but I won’t bore you
> with those details…