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Hey everybody!

I was thinking, and I thought it'd be cool if we could all write a little bit about ourselves, who we are outside of this forum and stuff so we could get to know eachother better.

Feel free to respond to this topic with cool info about all a y'all.

-Mike

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But first, an introduction...

Okay, me first Wink

I'm 20 years old and a third year college student in Rochester, NY USA (Rochester Institute of Technology, if you care lol).

Outside of technical stuff, my absolute passion is golf, with a little foosball and table tennis on the side.

I'm working in Chicago this summer at a large IT consulting firm, and am hoping to go to DePaul University in Chicago for my master's degree in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) after next year.

I have an awesome dog, named Auburn, who is a Chow/Collie mix and has the same color hair I do... reddish brown.

-Mike

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But first, an introduction...

Well I'm a 21 year old student in the UK, studying Computer Science at York but have just (about) come to the end of a sandwich placement year at QinetiQ, which means just one year left at Uni.

I'm a big motorsport nut, racing karts for York with a reasonable level of success, but don't see myself jumping up to anything bigger until I start getting payed some money. Throw my little car (Rover 100) around fields now and then with limited success.

I have absolutely no idea what I plan to do after University, suffice to say it will involve working, the more money I get out of it the better.

Word at the moment is moving house - I appear to be doing so three times in the next two months! Think I'll just unpack my computer in each place until we're done Laughing out loud

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Drumroll not necessary

I'm a 24yo Network Engineer/ DoD subcontractor working out of the metro DC area and living happily with my girlfriend of 2 years in Northern VA.

I spent 4 years in the Navy as a Cryptologic Technician which provided the training, connections, and BS skills necessary for my current job- it's something I enjoy but it's not network-related enough for my tastes. I've knocked out two degrees and I hope to have the foundations for a small Networking company in place by the time I finish my Master's.

My off time (what off time?) is spent on my PC- web design, light programming, batch scripting, Yahoo! Pool, Halo via XBConnect, etc.

When my girl and I do manage to get away we head to either NYC (her family) or Colorado (my family).

So far I have a three-PC home network behind a cable router- my next box will be a BioStar IDEQ 200S tucked behind my desk for deleting spam (from my 9 e-mail accounts- ugh), defragging the rest of the PC's, and serving MP3's. I plan to control it 80% of the time via VNC software, and 20% of the time via a KVM switch. Can you tell I'm looking forward to it? Laughing out loud

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But first, an introduction...

I'm married with two fine little monsters one pictured left who is now 6 and another 3 yr old.

Currently I work as a contractor on a large Government intranet, called Highway21 along with Daniel who shows up on the forums quite often.
Sven another who shows up on the forums was also a contractor working with us on Highway21 until he found a new job. I'm sure we will see more from him once he has settled in.

I have a degree in IT from QUT, (Queensland University of Technology) with a major in Information Systems.

Developing PHP web applications is one of the hobbies I enjoy, when time permits.
I also enjoy camping with family and friends in the many great sites around South East Queensland.

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But first, an introduction...

Like dJomp, I'm a 21 year old student in the UK (Computer Science at Queens University Belfast) who is on a sandwich year, working in Liberty IT, making internal webapps on the Websphere platform for a large insurance company based in the USA, before I go back to Uni for another 2 years for the princely reward of a Masters in Engineering.

I'm an avid gamer, big reader, music lover and film nut all rolled into one, but gaming takes precedence these days due to time constraints (oh, the joys of employment Wink). I also enjoy playing electric guitar, which I've been teaching myself for about seven years now, and now I think about it, I've let that fall by the wayside recently too. Working in web development is good for me, as it's been a hobby over the last few years - along the way I've picked up plenty of CSS, JavaScript, PHP, HTML and a healthy frenzy of standards-compliance based thinking Wink

I just moved back home as I can't afford to keep a student house next year, as I'll need all those funds for flights to Exeter and back, due to my fiancee moving over there to do a PCGE (teacher training) in October - it's going to be a rotten year next year in that respect Crying This has also put me in 56k land for a while (oh, how the mighty are fallen... and all that), but thankfully, broadband will make it's way back to me this Thursday.

I'm also the Wimbedon Men's Singles Champion 2003. Cool

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But first, an introduction...

This may seem like a "dumb American" post for some of you, but what exactly is a sandwich year?

Oh ya, I forgot to mention my major at school is Information Technology.

-Mike

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But first, an introduction...

DJSdotcom wrote:
This may seem like a "dumb American" post for some of you, but what exactly is a sandwich year?

Oh ya, I forgot to mention my major at school is Information Technology.

-Mike

A year out of university - usually spent working in the appropriate industry, based on what you're studying - then you go back to university, thus completing the "sandwich".

It's sounds like a silly phrase, but it's very literally descriptive - the years at university are bread and the year not at university is the filling Wink

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Whereas a "Year in Industry" is generally taken between A-levels and Uni.
You also get thick and thin sandwiches, depending on when you take the year out...

You know you're a geek when you try to shoo a fly away from the monitor with your cursor.

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Interesting, then I guess that's what I'm doing too.

I'm currently on "co-op", pretty much your sandwich year, however I have to go on three quarters of co-op in order to graduate (not consecutively, one after your first year, second year, and fourth year).

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But first, an introduction...

halu, this seems like a fairly new forum, and has been quite helpful so far. i'll be sure to stick around, and hopefully learn lots of new stuff here. Laughing out loud

am i the only female in here? Shock well i'm in my early twenties as well, and am from the Philippines. (ooh, the only female AND a minority... lol)
my work has nothing to do with computers, i just maintain a personal blog for the fun of it. been blogging for almost two years.

*waves* nice meeting everybody here. :mrgreen:

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But first, an introduction...

Yowza.

I feel like kind of an old man in this group. I'm a 27 yr. old web designer working for a company in Toledo, Ohio. I graduated college with a fine arts major and a computer programming minor, so web design seemed like a pretty logical choice.

Aside from computers, I'm into soccer and lately watching the world series of poker on the television - which drives my girlfriend absolutely insane.

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But first, an introduction...

Well if your the old one I must be the young one...

Im 17 and live in Market Harborough, a big town near Leicester in England. I go to the Robert Smyth 6th Form College where I study Maths, Physics and Electronics. I have recently taken the first years worth of exams and im waiting for the results, 14th of August Shock . Im carrying all three on next year in to the A2 course, which is going to be ridiculously hard Sad .
I work at Sainsburys part time, woohoo what a fun job lol Sad . I am currently learning to drive and have had 12 lessons now, and at £20 a lesson I need that job! Im quite in to music and my favourite band at the moment is Incubus. I play a lot of Counter Strike on the net, but this gets annoying after 30 mins being on 56k and all.

Anyway, theres not much left to say apart from my parents are going on holiday and leaving me on my own for 9 days. You know what that means Laughing out loud :twisted: . House party woohoo.

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But first, an introduction...

Afternoon [by GMT+10] all,

Back after an extended absence doing too much in too little time. I served in a consulting role until recently, working alongside Daniel and Tony in Brisbane, Australia, which is quite possibly how Daniel and I managed to be the first registered users on the forum Laughing out loud

I've now taken on a development/analyst role, which currently has zero web development aspect to it, though I'm sure I will steer things that way over time Wink.

I'm twenty-seven, married, with various bits of paper from the Queensland University of Technology (where all the best IT specialists study). Hobbies include digital photography, software development, and gradually playing the guitar less badly.

My wife (also a software developer) and I also have a fine collection of Nerf guns and guinea pigs.

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But first, an introduction...

well I should say.. I am the old one here :roll: I'm on 31, feeling young and going strong. Laughing out loud

Originally from India(south), I migrated to Australia in early 1998. I have a Mechanical Engineering background but have been using computers for the last 13 years. Since being "down-under" I have completed my IT Diploma and been doing some odd jobs in the Web and Software development area. Mainly focussing on Database driven Web sites as that is my strong area. I have been playing around with html for the last 4 years and I stumbled across the php development area by accident while visiting phpbb.com . Since then I have enjoyed developing pages with php amd will continue to do so Smile

Well thats about it I guess .... hope I haven't disappointed anyone with my introduction Tongue

BTW Sven, what do you develop in ? .NET ?

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Lotus Notes/Domino development occupies the bulk of my working life Laughing out loud

How about you (and anyone else who feels like joining this part of the conversation)?

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I am a VBist Laughing out loud .... Now trying to master .NET If you have visited my forum... all the languages you see there are some I have touched on during my IT career.

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I am ...

Hey, I just saw this post! Okay, here is my story..

I am from India (Bangalore) - just graduated from the EE department at IITM (thats The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras). I am 22 now(yup, old enough Wink), will be attending UCI (University of California, Irvine) for an MS/PhD in Coding Theory for Wireless Communications. Anyone near Irvine? Will be landing at LA this Sunday !

Have been using PC's since I was 12 - gaming mostly. Pcman, Dave, POP, Mario, ... and now Quake, UT, Balders Gate, AOE...

Have been programming odd EE project simulations in Java and Matlab. WAS System Admin for the CION lab at IITM. But that was 6 months ago. Ah.. broadband. I am writing all this from a dialup at home, so am still in a 56K environ. Just started off with 'web design' 3 months ago - after graduation - to improve on a crappy, really old 'personal' site.

Like JSP and servlets a lot, but can't maintain a website now Crying ! not as a student, hope I will later.

paCkeTroUTer from India too? Oooo! Shock . Cool.

Astranomina

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I'm a yungin too I guess

I am from the great north, the proud and the strong...

Russia? :-s No, Canada! 8-[ since when do we say A, A?

I am seventeen and have done web design for 2 years but so far haven't gotten into any great discussions on this forum yet because most of the css code has got me lost, so i turn to good ol' HTML. this css thing is definitly worth it, but man is it hard to catch on to. I've been using the computer since i was 8 but going into code has been more of a recent thing for me.

I refuse to be like the faceless masses of sheep and have a signatu......awwwwwwwww CRAP!!

Backups? Ha! I've never had troub**&{[}$$ERROR NO CARRIER

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But first, an introduction...

Hah! I got you all beat. I'm 44 years young.

I'm a big old white guy out in the Arizona desert at a
podunk little town, and got tired of my boring life.
So I started messing with hand-coding, and 3 years
later I'm something of a css guru. What a suprise!

I'm only now starting to actually make money doing
this stuff but the future is my oyster I figure, as long
as IE is around, anyway.

For a while I was addicted to solving other people's
css troubles on public forums, but I'm all better now.
Honest! I can take it or leave it. Wink

My girlfriend I met online, and we collaborate on articles
and css work. I'm very lucky to have found someone nice
who is at my level, css-wise. Too bad I have to drive
300 miles to see her...

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