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Whats your Strange IT Skill?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by zimbo, Aug 15, 2006.

  1. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

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    What IT skill are you really familiar with or have worked with in the past that doesnt make at all sense with your current job/set of skills?


    Im actually a mean C++ programmer.... mean as in i have passed 500+ pages of code once.... :biggrin
     
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  2. Sandy

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    I still know most DOS commands. 95% of my work is in UNIX/Linux and Windows!
     
  3. Bluerinse
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    I used to be a fairly proficient Netware administrator but made the decision in 2000 to study Microsoft. I am glad I did as I haven't seen a Netware server since I moved to the Gold Coast :blink
     
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  4. zebulebu

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    I'm a dab hand at DB Theory, SQL and protocol analysis









    seriously - I'm not as boring as that makes me out to be!
     
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  5. Boycie
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    LOL :biggrin

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  6. hbroomhall

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    I used to major in assembly language programming on several processors.

    Hasn't been required in years, although it comes in useful with stack-dumps on rare occasions.

    Harry.
     
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  7. Boycie
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    Isn't that what Spinrite is written in?

    Si
     
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  8. hbroomhall

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    So it would appear from the limited info I have seen.

    It is very hard work to write such a thing, but can give you a lot of control over the hardware.

    Harry.
     
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  9. zimbo
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    i did some assembly programming too.. very very basic.. like just adding numbers and using flags... some condition statements.. nothing like harry's hobby!:biggrin
     
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  10. zebulebu

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    Assembly is H-A-R-D.

    As part of some research I tried learning a bit for some disassembling I was looking at - it blew my mind.

    Then again, my programming experience is limited to Pascal, VB and C++ so that might explain why I found it so bloody hard :oops:
     
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  11. Boycie
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    oh, i see. Is it something that Steve Gibson is pretty skilled in then to make Spinrite?

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  12. hbroomhall

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    I've no idea. For a start I don't know how much of Spinrite is Gibson and how much is someone else.

    As an example of this - there is a package heavily used in a particular industry supplied by a small company which seems to have a very good reputation. Until recently about 90% of it was my effort, but my name appears nowhere on it. This is what can happen in the contracting world.

    Whether this is true for Spinrite I have no idea - but I suspect many of the *ideas* will have been Gibson's, whether or not he actualy programmed it.

    Harry.
     
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  13. simongrahamuk
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    I make a great cuppa! :biggrin
     
  14. Boycie
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    Harry,

    Seems a bit unfair :cry:
     
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  15. Mr.Cheeks

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    My skill isn't much of a skill but it is strange where i work, cuz there is lack of it in this bloody place.

    The skill is being polite and having a laugh with the end-user... :blink
     
  16. Sandy

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    Oh no it is not ! Having spent the last 6 months doing assembly code as part of an OU degree I've found this really, really easy.
     
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    well my skill is building and repairing PCs, configuring Windows XP and Vista (hehe), mucking about with general Windows stuff and yet I am working for Apple :eek:
     
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  18. hbroomhall

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    <grin> Contracting tends to be like that.

    After all - the *ideas* in the software are nearly always those of the client - so why shouldn't he get the most from it?

    And he has to pay me rather a lot of money to realize those ideas, so I get paid sooner than he does!

    Harry.
     
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  19. Sparky
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    VB, C++ and Macromedia Flash :biggrin

    I can break stuff to :biggrin
     
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