Thursday, September 2, 2010

IT Attention Deficit Disorder

When I started in IT I didn't know what was out there. I was working for a rather large Fortune 500 company and they were really the source of my IT knowledge. I had so much catching up to do in regards to learning that what I knew was what existed in that world. I became really good at Windows desktops, HP ProCurve and Cisco catalyst switches, and Cisco APs. However, if you had thrown a concept like a firewall or even a server my way at that time I would have stared at you blankly.

Cut to 5 years later and the world is on my plate. I work now as a consultant in an outsourced IT firm, and my first year with the company was like drinking from a fire hose. I'm still amazed at the amount of technology I just had no idea existed. I had to spend a lot of quality time getting up to speed on basics like Server 2003. What was really awesome though was that with the introduction to this wide world of technology I've discovered a ton of things that I want to learn. Not necessarily use, mind you. I mean, I love games and gaming but I have to face facts and realize that I don't have the mind of a programmer. I hate math too much. :)

That's kind of what this blog is about really. I now have a pretty strong foundation of standard technologies and can move about an environment with a fair amount of ease. I'm itching to delve into some of the non-work stuff, things that I would not necessarily introduce to a client or production environment but would still get a kick out of playing with at home.  The list has become increasingly long as my free time has become increasingly short. In no particular order:

  • VMWare: have ESXi4 installed on a server but the hardware is too old to support 64-bit OSes, so no Exchange 2008 or 2010 for me just yet
  • Programming. Choices, choices. Java, Python?
  • Databases
  • Web development and design (don't judge me by this guy!)
  • Linux, Linux, and more Linux. There's never a lack of things to try and learn in Linux.
  • Server 2008, nuts and bolts. I know it, but I want to know it
  • Game design
That's just what I can think of today.  Possibilities are endless. Sure wish time was as well. :)

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