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Prompt for the Day: “Legacy”

The people from the Daily Post division of Word Press actually chose this prompt for yesterday, but I had a doctor’s appointment, so I am using it today.  The prompt for my writing today is “Legacy“.

My Legacy

Legacy used as an adjective is basically what I started my networking career working with!  It is relating to old or outdated computer hardware, software, or data that, while still functional, does not work well with up-to-date systems.  My first full-time job working with networks was on machines that had been around as about as long as I had personally!  Wasn’t even 21 years old but was trusted with huge mainframe computer operations.  Communications between desktop computers were not using ethernet there yet.  That upgrade happened during my third year with the company.  They had been creeping along using Token ring.  (Used to joke about it being Broken ring in reality!)

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Prompt for the Day: “Right to Brag”

The highly intelligent people at the Daily Post portion of Word Press produced the daily prompt for today of “Right to Brag“.  They gave us the following words of encouragement to get us started “Tell us about something you (or a person close to you) have done recently (or not so recently) that has made you really, unabashedly proud.”

Upon my graduation from Southwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and minor in physics, I was the first person to graduate with at least a four year degree of any sorts from my mother’s family.  Unfortunately, still am.

Got my first job while still in college as an intern with a dairy company.  Helped them build and then manage their Novell Netware installations in the mid-west part of the United States of America.  From there I left for a major networking company called Paranet.  It was purchased by Sprint before my first actual date of employment.  As Sprint’s slimy company started altering our close knit environment of mentoring each other for their love of money, I relocated to another location of the company in Colorado hoping to get back what I thought we had been loosing.  Turned out the love for money over employees culture was much worse there.  Left that company for another consulting firm competitor.

The competitor was evil from the get-go!  Lasted just a few months with them.  Started looking for a different type of employment.  Was hired, before I quit the evil company.

Got my start in the growing DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) company known as Rhythms Netconnections.  Was the most fun I had experienced in a long time at work.  After getting integrated into their company, switched to their night shift.  Worked on their layer three networking team. Excelled at finding and resolving routing loops caused by the engineering team being careless in trying to grow our network too fast.  Was really good at taking good notes of my finds, by capturing screen shots of the traffic patterns proving the loops!

Unfortunately, the company was forced to file bankruptcy.  Was let go like way too many of my coworkers.  Was forced to file for unemployment for the first time in my life.

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