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What is your biggest desire as an IT professional?

By rstan251 ·
I often wonder why I am in the IT field. Is it money, the challenge or what?

I stumbled into IT because of my fascination with "gadgets" and specifically computers in the mid 90s.

I don't know if I am as fascinated now. I thought my biggest desire was to make lots of money but it is not.

I think the thing I enjoy the most is solving problems (IT related and the bigger the better), helping people and being recognized (at least occasionally).

How about you?

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Good question

by jkameleon In reply to What is your biggest desi ...

In my case, it was also fascination, money and challenge- a long time ago, back in the 80s.

Now.. come to think of it, why the **** am I still hanging around for? The best anwer I can think of is force of habit, and lack of better ideas about what to do with the rest of my life.

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Honest response

by rstan251 In reply to Good question

Great response. That sounds like honesty to me.

If we lack better ideas is it because we, as technical people, get stuck in our head, thinking, day-to-day?

Or, is it because we haven't really thought about what we want to do?

Have you ever really tried to recapture that feeling of fascination or challenge?

I know exactly how you feel. I am trying to reinvent my career and feelings about IT as well.


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I'm sorry, but I can't help you with that

by jkameleon In reply to Honest response

IMHE, once you get tired of something, there's pretty much no way back.

Since I grew weary of IT, I don't care about the nature of my work anymore, just about the money I get. That's about as far as I came at reinventing my feelings about IT.

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that sucks

by rstan251 In reply to I'm sorry, but I can't he ...

Sorry to hear that. Hey, everyone has to make a living.

But, if you didn't have to work and didn't ever need money again, what would you do?

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****, I don't know

by jkameleon In reply to that sucks

Mountain hiking, inventing miniature nuclear fusion reactor in my cellar, stuff like that.

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re: Don't know

by rstan251 In reply to Hell, I don't know

I like mountain hiking too but not really into playing with nuclear devices. :)

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Nuclear fusion is pretty safe

by jkameleon In reply to re: Don't know

The big problem is how to get electricity out of it

I got some ideas, pretty long shot, but worth a try- if I had time and money to spare. Besides, a dirt cheap team of top scientists is already working on it in Beijing for some multinational meta galactical global corporation, so... who gives a ****.

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That would be

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to What is your biggest desi ...

three jaw-droppingly attractive females, who are happy to discuss the merits of modular design in between bouts of extreme group sexual activity. (with me !)

I was going to ask to be allowed to do my job right more often than not, but goals should be achievable.....

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Attractive females

by rstan251 In reply to That would be


So, are you saying it is more likely that you would be able to participate in a "group activity" with females than actual do your job the right way?

I am curious, being a programmer, is taking shortcuts or going against best practice common?

I see this a lot when dealing with managers and executives. The "just get it done" mentality can cause us to implement solutions that might not be ideal.

- robert

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Watergate mentality

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Attractive females

"No one suggested there shouldn't be a bodge".

It's indeed the norm, unfortunately business does not and never has associated quality design or implemention with quality product.

After all if it 'looks' good enough....

Bit like my definition of attractive....

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