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Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

mj01nir Re:College wasn't an option for some (655 comments)

When I went to school, my current job (network admin) didn't even exist.

I went to school for computer repair. As in- find the bad component on this circuit board, unsolder it and install a new one. PC LANs wouldn't exist in any meaningful way for several more years.

I owe a lot to the sheer luck of timing. I had a good base of knowledge when PC LANs did roll around and I've just been adjusting to new technologies ever since.

about a year ago

Microsoft's Lost Decade

mj01nir Re:Lost decade? Not quite (407 comments)

My memory is shaky on this, but I believe quite a large number of machines with OEM Vista licenses shipped with XP installed, via downgrade rights. I know the organizations I was working with at the time bought quite a few HP machines configured this way. MS kept extending XP's availability in this way, somewhat masking the almost complete lack of interest in Vista for corporate clients.

What failed to happen was a mass migration to Vista by corporations. They mostly just waited for Win 7.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server?

mj01nir Nice one, Taco. (1307 comments)

Any more red meat like this in the submission queue?

more than 3 years ago

Open Source OCR That Makes Searchable PDFs

mj01nir Wow. (133 comments)

If this works well, I have a bunch of use for this. Thank you for the heads-up.

more than 4 years ago

Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?

mj01nir Re:When I became self-employed (1197 comments)

I believe the concept of "pre-existing condition" only comes into play when changing providers. Since her diagnosis occurred with our current provider, she's covered for that diagnosis (she still gets regular (and expensive) screenings) as well as future health issues. Also, disability insurance should be considered in addition to health insurance. It isn't horribly expensive and the younger you start the policy, the less expensive it will be.

more than 4 years ago

Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?

mj01nir When I became self-employed (1197 comments)

I got an individual plan from the same provider that my company had been with. It was really pretty simple. Not cheap, but simple.

I'm damned glad that I did, too. My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of years later (she's fine now). We would have been wiped out if not for insurance.

more than 4 years ago

Today's Best CPUs Compared... To a Pentium 4

mj01nir Re:Pentium Pride! (354 comments)

I'm still running a Pentium Pro 200 as my firewall. It just keeps chugging along.

It's sitting next to an IBM 5150 that I just can't bear to throw out. It still runs. I have Minix on it.

more than 4 years ago

A Gates Foundation Education Initiative Fizzles

mj01nir Re:I could be sarcastic (459 comments)

And I'm saying reinforcing the false concept that success requires "hard" work will only net you a kid who works on a construction crew.

Because you need to keep your children away from the trades at all costs. That could never be a good outcome.

more than 5 years ago


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