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Old 19-12-2016, 07:06 PM   #1
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How many of us work in IT

Over the years I've noticed that a lot of electronic musicians work in IT. Maybe something to do with IT being the closest thing to playing with gear all day in the "real world" or IT=electronics, electronics=gear.

So, how many of us on IDMf work in IT?

I'm the system admin at the US Air Force Academy for a DoD Unix system used in military hospitals...basically if a program is used in the hospital, it ties into this Unix backbone that I somehow ended up governing. With my background being network technology, not necessarily systems or application support, I usually feel like I have no clue what I'm doing but I've been doing this for over a year and haven't been fired so I must not be too bad at it.

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Re: How many of us work in IT

I'm a back-end software engineer, mostly focusing on Microsoft technologies (.NET, Sql Server, etc). After jumping between different industries without much thought, I finally understood how beneficial it is to go deeper into some particular domain. So I've been sticking with health care for the past decade. The company I currently work for interfaces with all these medical devices and systems (heart monitors, EMRs) and streams all that data to mobile devices, in essence allowing physicians to monitor their patients remotely. Love it.
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Old 20-12-2016, 02:51 PM   #3
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+1 for me. I am now team lead for Virtualization and Backup for my company. We run 2 datacenters, one here in the black forest and one near Barcelona, and have about 25 satellite offices as well. I manage the Hyper-V infrastructure and our Veeam based backups for the whole lot. Just for grins I looked up our total hardware specs the other day and we have almost a petabyte of storage now and 990+ VMs. Kinda random but still cool I think.

From my experience, in the IT field Isee lot of musicians of all types. Lots regular instrument players out there, myself included, seem to find their way into IT..I think it possibly the complexity of both systems that appeals in a similar way. I do get the electronic affinity though...that def helped me into electronic music.

Another interesting question: How many IT/musicians out there use Apples?

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Old 20-12-2016, 02:57 PM   #4
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I'm in retail as a superior so I work on and try to positively influence peoples emotions and limited motivations all day. So fuck all you smartypants.

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Old 20-12-2016, 03:22 PM   #5
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Re: How many of us work in IT

Yep work in IT support for scientific research, Linux, c, python, django, sql, apache, HPC, etc.

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Old 20-12-2016, 05:50 PM   #6
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Re: How many of us work in IT

I can't really claim to work in IT as such, but I'm an indie game developer, sometimes taking part in Ludum Dare jams, and jams on itch.io and so on. I make windows games, linux games and browser games.

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Old 20-12-2016, 06:25 PM   #7
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Re: How many of us work in IT

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I'm in retail as a superior so I work on and try to positively influence peoples emotions and limited motivations all day. So fuck all you smartypants.
You'd be surprised how much positively impacting people's emotions is required in smartypants jobs. Not so much motivation, albeit frustration can take a toll on that, too. If you work in an organization where the majority of your colleagues have a PhD from an Ivy League school, you can expect a lot of A-type personalities all jockeying for position, recognition, and influence. It can at times be an emotional powder keg. Occasionally it may resemble 5 year olds quarreling over a shovel while playing in a sandbox. Just with more sophisticated language, tactics, and arguments.

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Old 20-12-2016, 07:21 PM   #8
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I'm in retail as a superior so I work on and try to positively influence peoples emotions and limited motivations all day. So fuck all you smartypants.
People skills! Way more important than being a smartypants.

I have asperger's and have never been able to handle being around people. I worked in retail and fast food for nearly a decade and went home every day crying from the pure frustration of dealing with people. That's why I went into IT. Machines make sense and can be manipulated...people are confusing and unstable. Props to you for being able to do it. I wish I could, but I can't, so I spend my work days like a goblin...hiding in some dark obscure windowless office creating user accounts.

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i have constant commentary to myself on the internet in a strange whispery voice. it solves nothing. pay me for it
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Old 21-12-2016, 04:13 AM   #10
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Re: How many of us work in IT

I'm currently a Junior Sysadmin/Technical Analyst for a Small IT Firm. We mainly act somewhat like a locally-based outsource IT Department for the nearby city & surrounding towns with most of our clients (from Small Business to Small Enterprise Level) on our books working in the Oil & Gas / Offshore Inspection Industry while also having clients ranging from Private Defence and Pharmaceutical, to charities, retailers of various sorts and local tradesman types on our books.

Alot of what I generally do day-to-day (since I'm the only one lucky enough not to have to physically visit clients all the time haha) is Hardware Prep, Hardware Support, Remote Support for general issues and a few interesting projects to work on here & there for clients who need specific solutions setting up. About 80% of my time is spent in MSWindows Enviroments either supporting Win7/10 users or remoting into Srv08R2/2012R2 for related jobs with occasional use of various Linux distro's for specific prep or diagnostics of unusual issues. Can't really say that I have to utilise any languages really, just a general knowledge of Powershell (work in progress for me) and how to occasionally operate around Linux Terminal is good enough for my current role along with casual knowledge of utilising AD, Hyper-V, Group Policy etc.

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Old 21-12-2016, 11:06 AM   #11
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Full stack web developer brah! Have also done some hard time doing IT Application and Desktop support (still have PTSD whenever I have to speak on the phone to clients as a result ). First job out of high school was testing, documentation and training for a startup. Have done a bit of C, a bit more Java and a lot of Perl and TCL back in the day and as a result, I find myself drawn to Python a bit.

These days I do web application development and front end development. Mostly with HTML&CSS (big on accessibility and semantic information design), PHP and JS (ES5). Although these days I'm leaning more towards ES6 and for really important shit, TypeScript because of its strictness.

I tried Haskell a few times too. It's actually a really fun language to learn if you really want to understand pure functional programming. However, I think languages like that are pretty quick to reinforce that you're a dumb cunt if you're a dumb cunt like me.

Also big into interactive design and animation using JS. Animated a bunch of 2d animations of circles and grids using canvas drawings and then build a rendering engine using a PHP localhost.

Got a few cool side projects on the go too. One's a dongle type of thing for protogs to do live shoot previewing, file selection and transfer (via web app), and then a whole bunch of streaming stuff (for wedding and other event / location photographers). The project scope's gotten a bit huge though so unless I can get some serious dollars from somewhere it's probably going to take forever. The other thing is that the photography space is pretty crowded with similar offerings... at least at the consumer level.

Then another one is more geared towards live sound/video people to manage logistics. Basically will generate running sheets with load in/outs, sound checks and set times, stage plots, gear lists and channel assignments. Then it would provide all the relevant info to different stakeholders (production team, venue managers, talent, etc). So then sound people and venue people and artist people can all sign up. Venues can add house info (contacts, room/gear list, etc), artists can store their standard tech riders and sound guys can use all this info to collate the running sheet for the gig.

Have got half a prototype and hope to start dev early next year and then trial it with a few venues in before and 2018. But think it would be cool if we can build it.

So yeah if any sound people in the audience are keen on being updated on that one or can recommend some similar software / web apps I can check out, give me a shout

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Old 21-12-2016, 11:37 AM   #12
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I guess that "indie game dev" can mean a lot of things these days. So here are some videos.

HTML5:




And 3D/ggScript - this is a re-creation of the town/city I live in now, as it looked in medieval times.. Made from medieval maps..


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Old 09-03-2017, 08:35 AM   #14
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Re: How many of us work in IT

Confirmed. But computer illiterate people are the only real musicians right? Computer music can't possibly be real music.

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Old 09-03-2017, 10:00 PM   #15
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I have some formal college-level computer-science education and I almost regularly read computer-related support, security, and technology websites, magazines, and books. Most of my college friends were computer science majors.

In sound engineering college, where I got my actual degree (after quitting being a comp-sci major), we had some good coursework in analog electronics. I also had a digital logic / electronics course before that.

So I'm not really officially working in the field but I'm near it all the time.
I'm really glad I didn't go into becoming a tech support worker because I did that for my parents and they demonstrated just how inane and foolish and willfully-ignorant people can be about digital stuff. It would've given me an ulcer.

For a number of years I've bought used computers and made a hobby of refurbishing them. I'm seriously thinnking about starting my own business selling refurbished computers as DAWs and low-cost computers for youngsters. I could probably do a lot after I learn how to automate the parts that I do manually on my own systems. It's certainly possible.

I can relate to some portions of IT thinking styles because I also relate to systems thinking and the validity that when items interact, the results can be complex. I feel that type of complexity has been true for aspects of my life.

Nice thread.
Probably not the first time I've interacted over the internet with somebody in that field, but certainly the first time they were up front about it and just making decent conversation. Thanks

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Old 09-03-2017, 10:55 PM   #16
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I'm always workin' IT, BB.

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Old 10-03-2017, 12:27 AM   #17
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I work more on the hardware side of things but some software as well. Don't deal with tech support or networking though, mostly just builds, cables and organizing the insides of servers and PCs with a little typing here and there.
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Old 10-03-2017, 03:48 AM   #18
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Not IT but I do animation and interactive installation.
Computer nerd shit for sure though, it makes sense most of us would be into nerd stuff.
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Old 10-03-2017, 04:13 AM   #19
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Infrastructure. Ansible and Puppet. JIT dev environs. Python. OpenStack. Docker Swarms. Blech. At least I don't own public facing shit anymore.

Oh, and fixing the coffee pot and secretary's phone. Never forget, the secretary is the most powerful person in the office. They make shit happen and know everybody and can help you fill out stupid paperwork you don't understand. Pamper them always.
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strange to see this topic, been trying to get into the area of IT. Doing microsoft MTA certificate exams since I'm getting almost no interviews at all for jobs in IT

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