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Topic # 241037 8-Oct-2018 08:10
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The stereotype for someone working in IT, is someone earning a lot of $$$ for pushing a few buttons each day, living in St Heliers, driving their dream car, and has all the mod cons and toys.

 

 (And sometimes even a wife!)

 

Well, the honest truth is that the above is not true for all of us.

 

While I’ve stayed in IT my whole life (started in around 98), the money hasn’t really changed at all, or if it did, something else came along and took away the potential extra cash - but on sensible things.

 

Getting married, buying a house, having kids, getting a family wagon and so on.

 

So, personally I've had little money to be able to buy toys etc., including new computers/parts, and relied on friends’ old parts when they upgraded, or when able to, bought low end new parts.

 

Any personal extra training has never been formalized as the exam costs are usually horrendous. (Employers do fill the gap here and there though)

 

And then along came Geekzone into my life.

 

I've made friends, been given and given free/cheap parts and advice, and generally had fun all round with IT related items.

 

Without Geekzone, I think I may have lost my interest in IT some time ago, but thanks to the generosity of you fellow Geekzoners, I've kept my passion for IT and still enjoy it today as much as I did back when I started out.

 

This community is amazing at all levels, be it just needing a bit of advice, or after some cheap parts, or in some cases a platform to release some slightly personal anguish. Everyone’s there to help you along in the geek life and long may it continue.

 

So massive thanks to Mauricio for putting this all together, the various moderators for their efforts in keeping the community a clean and friendly place and the general users for everything you’ve given to others.

 

Long may it continue! :)

 

 





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  Reply # 2103139 8-Oct-2018 08:36
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Seems to be a good place around here, thanks for being a part of it!
I concur with the poor money, unless you own a company charging $130 an hour and callouts at 3AM you just end up getting taken for a ride by someone who is.
Anyways, I'm looking for exit, I will be doing my commercial pilots licence in the next 5 years.. (Another industry where cost seems to outweigh the payback..) 

Cheers





 


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  Reply # 2103146 8-Oct-2018 08:44
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 Anytime you're getting pimped out by someone else for their benefit you're going to come off second best.  


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  Reply # 2103158 8-Oct-2018 09:04
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xpd:

 

So massive thanks to Mauricio for putting this all together, the various moderators for their efforts in keeping the community a clean and friendly place and the general users for everything you’ve given to others.

 

 

Thanks for your post. Also thanks for the time you spent as a moderator here and for all your help.





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  Reply # 2103169 8-Oct-2018 09:26
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I agree with 90% of what you say about Geekzone. The remaining 10% is a discussion for another time. 

 

Before I finally threw in the  towel and stopped working due to my medical situation I worked for a long time from home providing IT support, management and consultancy in isolation and I found GZ a valuable resource. So Thanks MF and his team and all the helpful folks here.





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  Reply # 2103186 8-Oct-2018 10:27
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Great post.

 

Must say in this day of social media we're typically becoming less and less social via the main players such as FB and Instagram.  Those tend to be filled with people in carefully manicured PR profiles and it's against that backdrop that Geekzone and other similar forums really stand out. 

 

Ironically there are several players here that I've never met IRL as they say, but whom I value their input and support.  Be it technical or social such as the F1 or photography forums, the content is always good and the conversation kept civil.

 

10 points for Gryffindor!


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  Reply # 2103188 8-Oct-2018 10:30
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  Reply # 2103231 8-Oct-2018 11:01
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I see GZ as almost a virtual smoko room. Which helps to fill in the gap from not having a bunch of coworkers to talk to while at work.

Especially as more an more people are becoming self employed/ contracting now. Long gone are the days when most people only worked for very large companies.





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  Reply # 2103337 8-Oct-2018 14:11
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I don't work in IT, and never have. It was barely invented when I was at the stage of career choice.

For me it's a place I can consult experts and generally debate a variety of topics. Like @aredwood says above, it's a virtual smoko/watercooler for those of us without colleagues in the working day.





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  Reply # 2103384 8-Oct-2018 15:13
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Not in IT, just a sometimes hobbiest, but this also perfectly sums it up for me:

 

"This community is amazing at all levels, be it just needing a bit of advice, or after some cheap parts, or in some cases a platform to release some slightly personal anguish. Everyone’s there to help you along in the geek life and long may it continue.

 

So massive thanks to Mauricio for putting this all together, the various moderators for their efforts in keeping the community a clean and friendly place and the general users for everything you’ve given to others.

 

Long may it continue! :)"

 

Amen.

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 2103396 8-Oct-2018 15:25
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I think the existing posts have already covered off well the reasons why GZ is so good, but I will add that the level of respect shown to each other (well, most of the time!) even when opinions differ is refreshingly good.

 

And add my thanks as well


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  Reply # 2103400 8-Oct-2018 15:28
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Geektastic: I don't work in IT, and never have. It was barely invented when I was at the stage of career choice.

For me it's a place I can consult experts and generally debate a variety of topics. Like @aredwood says above, it's a virtual smoko/watercooler for those of us without colleagues in the working day.

 

 

 

Ive used it as a water cooler at times and never really get anywhere with the discussions, People don't get into conversation with me ever lol...

But the most valuable part is the times I have asked valid questions and replied with validity to others. Also the willingness to pass on items for free or cheaply. People here help each other out. 

Cheers 

 

RunningMan:

 

I think the existing posts have already covered off well the reasons why GZ is so good, but I will add that the level of respect shown to each other (well, most of the time!) even when opinions differ is refreshingly good.

 

And add my thanks as well

 

 

I think there are a few guys that would want to go into the ring for a few minutes here haha ;) 





 


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  Reply # 2103428 8-Oct-2018 15:58
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I learn a lot from the brains trust of GZ.


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Coil: Ive used it as a water cooler at times and never really get anywhere with the discussions, People don't get into conversation with me ever lol...

 

What are you on about? Your Trump thread is the longest ever - 9200 replies, 615 pages long as of today.

 

I don't see you commenting on every single reply there. You are the one not engaging!





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  Reply # 2103441 8-Oct-2018 16:30
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Geektastic: I don't work in IT, and never have. It was barely invented when I was at the stage of career choice.

For me it's a place I can consult experts and generally debate a variety of topics. Like @aredwood says above, it's a virtual smoko/watercooler for those of us without colleagues in the working day.


I’m in exactly your position on all counts - I’m just an old gadget-guy and wannabe geek and I love gz. I spend more time here than on any other site.

To @MikeB4 on your 90/10 rating - if I correctly understand what you mean I think that’s actually healthy and part of the fun - surely gz would be less interesting if we all agreed with each other all the time. Fine with me as it is. Nothing wrong with a bit of controversy from time to time.

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  Reply # 2103443 8-Oct-2018 16:33
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freitasm: [snip]You are the one not engaging!

 

 

Yeah @Coil - lift your game!!


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