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#1 tkrow21

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 08:05 AM

What was your most difficult activity or challenge with computers?

Navigating and using a BIOS in a foreign language when i was 12.
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Posted 29 June 2009 - 08:14 AM

Keeping up with everything.

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 08:40 AM

Does programming count as a tech activity? If so, then I could probably cite a few...otherwise, I'd have to agree with d3, although building WC from scratch was challenging and frustrating as well.

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 08:54 AM

Working on a voice mail system that used Windows, Linux, RMX, Sun and a crappy RAID controller for the primary message store. For 3 years. Oh, and I can't forget the craptastic ATM transport that garbled audio that we got blamed for.
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Posted 29 June 2009 - 09:10 AM

Trying to think of something I had difficulty with? :lol:

Oh okay. Off the top of my head I'd say understanding the use of GTL.

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 10:08 AM

Rebuilding an Apple ][ GS memory card after some bad ram chips shorted out the sockets. Those darn things were expensive to start with and I had to replace them all. The upside was that got me interested in tweaking PCs. I think I was 21 when I bought that computer.

Various programming related stuff for school, including printing up 10 pages of COBOL code and lining them up on the floor in order to read them.

Don't even get me started about the system I was supporting at work. It was a pain with the hardware and users.
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Posted 29 June 2009 - 10:34 AM

There are so many I cannot name them all, but one of the worst was revamping a school's 300+ node network infrastructure that was about 10 years old with no backup or security policies in place. Before they hired me as a consultant their students were watching porn in study hall. lol...I still can't convince them to get a phone system with voicemail. :o

Another bad one was a similar scenario at a bank (yes I said bank) that had just had someone else upgrade their NT server to Server 2003 but had concerns when data went missing. Come to find out the bank had not done a backup of any of their data in nearly 6 years. How scary is that? A bank that hadn't backed up any of their own or customer data in almost 6 years. :wacko:

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 11:06 AM

Reverting code while on continuous integration cycle with SVN!

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Posted 30 June 2009 - 02:47 PM

Keeping the family computer running... literally.... It's guaranteed fail!

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Posted 30 June 2009 - 03:36 PM

learning proper typing, still can't do it very well but better than finger poking.

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Posted 30 June 2009 - 04:19 PM

learning proper typing, still can't do it very well but better than finger poking.


I use three fingers on each hand, is that proper or not?
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Posted 30 June 2009 - 04:26 PM

I fell down the stairs bringing a computer home once that was challenging i guess. Other than that learning to touch type and fixing computers in high school for our computer tech for extra credit.

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