REtired and working harder than ever
I started college in 1969, and learned to program in FORTRAN-4 on the way to a degree in Physics. During 10 years of teaching secondary field science and math I picked up several flavors of BASIC, '86 assembler, CPM, MPM-II, and wrote my own PILOT interpreter for the students to play with on FRANLKIN ACE 1000 Apple-II clones.
In 1984 I left teaching and went back for my degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science and encountered the wonders of Pascal, C, COBOL, IBM-DOS the SPARC workstations, and the IBM-PC.
I did programming for old DATA GENERAL machines, IBM AT&T 3B2 servers, and HP workstations for a hospital before getting into database administration. I also did network design, helped administrate Novell, and LBL networks (Ethernet and ARCnet).
I became a Network/System Administrator and did just about everything needed for a couple of companies. Along the way I spent 23 years in the United States Army National Guard.
Now I am retired from teaching, from the military, from programming in FORTRAN, BASIC, C, Assembler, and Pascal. I am retired from Database Administration, Analysis, Design, and (most) obsolete operating systems. I now administrate networks, Linux systems, code in BASH and Perl, and support custom applications for a small company in Pittsburgh. With a little luck I will not be totally retired until I have been dead for a year, I am having far to much fun to stop.
OK, that and I may have to keep working due to the two major market dumps that KILLED my 401Ks: my pensions add up to chickenfeed only for a very scrawny chicken.
When I read of someone else that started back when HACKER meant the best and fastest programmer around and go-to guy during disasters (WAY before that stupid movie) it just feels so GOOD to know I am not the only one left.
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