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Old 08-25-10, 10:32 PM   #1
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Look at technology these days, what has it become? Everywhere you look it's a Facebook link or some smartphone. Stuff that I can never use, because I'm a loner! I hate everytime I see something about "social media", as if I'm a bad person for being a loner. Like how people who Tweet (when was lowercase "tweet" a real word?) about some charity are good people. That means loners can't be good. But beyond that, technology is simply another name for consumerism. People say, oh, I'm so modern and forward-thinking and intelligent because I have the latest iPhone. But that's because they can afford one. Why isn't the latest burger at McDonald's considered "technology"? It's the same thing. The Web is all about SEOing websites and making money off ads and people getting rich off Youtube videos because they are good looking.

I won't care so much if it wasn't for the fact that I went to university and got a degree in computer science. People think if you're good at math, study, and get the degree you'll succeed. Nope! What really matters is how many friends you have, not just because of networking to get a job, but because ALL jobs are marketing jobs. Why do people think introverts are good at technology? Or is that a 1990s stereotype? The very idea of "keeping up to date with technology" means following trends. Trends means consumption. Making contacts, "being in the know".

I don't care about making a web page or a game or making an OS or whatever I'm supposed to do. Apparently I enjoyed programming at one point but I don't care now. Maybe back in the days of FORTRAN it would've been different, I don't know. I do know I'm preparing for a lifetime of unemployment, and not doing a damn about it. There's so many people who love computers in this section. Let one of them have my degree, they deserve it.

There are good sides to the Web, it has brought me TTL. I don't know, I still sometimes wonder if I'd be better off joining the Amish or something.
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Old 08-26-10, 01:05 AM   #2
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Toss it over here! Sure could use a degree lol

Sorry, joke. But yea sometimes it sickens me. I own a smartphone but the only real "interaction" I do with the internet is this website. I watch cartoons like south park and family guy, and I read the latest comic books. I listen to music. Never will you catch me on a damn twitter or anything like that. Who needs to shit out on the internet that they just ate a hamburger and took a piss? I used to use facebook and myspace but if you asked anybody on my "friends list" (why don't I know 99% of these people?) they'd prolly think I up and died all of a sudden, save the few actual friends I know which I contact by email or phone. Social networking makes me sick by now, and I won't lie I used to love it. Don't give up though you can make alotta $$$$ with that degree, I might know my shit when it comes to computers, but without a degree I can't get a job because the only degree I have is my criminal record lol. Bring back the internet of olde if ya like, do somethin, try! Good luck.
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Old 08-26-10, 01:18 AM   #3
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TTL is one of those unique websites that actually contains a good amount of productive things to do, such as supporting each other, a place to be when friends has left and you need a shoulder to cry out on.

But i agree, there are a lot of unnecessary webpages. I never sign up to those kind of media-pages, I don't what the hell there is to do there. All you hear about regarding facebook, is people who sits there all day, people who writes nasty stuff to each other, and so on. It sounds like a completely worthless website. I'd rather be a member of TTL.
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Look at technology these days, what has it become? Everywhere you look it's a Facebook link or some smartphone. Stuff that I can never use, because I'm a loner! I hate everytime I see something about "social media", as if I'm a bad person for being a loner. Like how people who Tweet (when was lowercase "tweet" a real word?) about some charity are good people. That means loners can't be good. But beyond that, technology is simply another name for consumerism. People say, oh, I'm so modern and forward-thinking and intelligent because I have the latest iPhone. But that's because they can afford one. Why isn't the latest burger at McDonald's considered "technology"? It's the same thing. The Web is all about SEOing websites and making money off ads and people getting rich off Youtube videos because they are good looking.

I won't care so much if it wasn't for the fact that I went to university and got a degree in computer science. People think if you're good at math, study, and get the degree you'll succeed. Nope! What really matters is how many friends you have, not just because of networking to get a job, but because ALL jobs are marketing jobs. Why do people think introverts are good at technology? Or is that a 1990s stereotype? The very idea of "keeping up to date with technology" means following trends. Trends means consumption. Making contacts, "being in the know".

I don't care about making a web page or a game or making an OS or whatever I'm supposed to do. Apparently I enjoyed programming at one point but I don't care now. Maybe back in the days of FORTRAN it would've been different, I don't know. I do know I'm preparing for a lifetime of unemployment, and not doing a damn about it. There's so many people who love computers in this section. Let one of them have my degree, they deserve it.

There are good sides to the Web, it has brought me TTL. I don't know, I still sometimes wonder if I'd be better off joining the Amish or something.
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And hey....just because the technologies out there, doesnt mean you have to use it.
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And hey....just because the technologies out there, doesnt mean you have to use it.
If I don't use it, most people will think I'm a loser and say "everyone your age does it" and automatically know that I have no friends. Its very existance matters, because it prevents me from getting a job. I'm supposed to be the tech expert, yet people will ask me why I'm not up to with technology. Someone might ask me to make a website with a Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn link and be shocked that I don't have one. Or ask me to make an iPhone/Android/Blackberry app. Heck, I've had a problem with technology even before all this stuff came out. During university I cared about my courses but was never the coding geek type. People would be shocked that I didn't care about the different versions of Ubuntu or what carriage return characters look like in Vim or whatever. But there's so many people who love computers and pride themselves at being "at the bleeding edge of technology". It's not just tech jobs but in general. All jobs should have a "loners need not apply" sign on them, even before social networking. The fact that social networking exists makes it official and obvious that I'm a loner.

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Hey cactus I'm going through the almost exact same thing. I have an engineering degree and could care less about engineering. IT is where the money is at, I want to get into that. But you were so right about friends mattering more than the degree, If i had established better contacts and kept good relationships from previous internships, I'd probably be working right now. But because of my anti social nature, I suffered for over a year with no real job, only to finally get a job that will under pay me. I am grateful for even having a job, but I know if I wouldve have asserted myself more socially then I would be making great money now.

However, I have worked in my field and I don't even like doing it, so that would probably explain why I was so withdrawn from everyone I met in school and at the internships. I wanted to, but just couldn't fake it. Just because you have a degree in one field does not mean you cant work somewhere else to make a living. I only have a year of experience and I'm already changing my career path. I might have to start at the bottom, but since I have a degree, I can rise up through the ranks faster!

So Cactus look into other jobs you can get based off job experience, and see if you family can help you get a job with one of their friends or something. Take your career in a different direction, you might not make the money you could have if you would've done something based on your degree, but good money will come if you work hard and commit to improving your social relationships.
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Hey cactus I'm going through the almost exact same thing. I have an engineering degree and could care less about engineering. IT is where the money is at, I want to get into that. But you were so right about friends mattering more than the degree, If i had established better contacts and kept good relationships from previous internships, I'd probably be working right now. But because of my anti social nature, I suffered for over a year with no real job, only to finally get a job that will under pay me. I am grateful for even having a job, but I know if I wouldve have asserted myself more socially then I would be making great money now.

However, I have worked in my field and I don't even like doing it, so that would probably explain why I was so withdrawn from everyone I met in school and at the internships. I wanted to, but just couldn't fake it. Just because you have a degree in one field does not mean you cant work somewhere else to make a living. I only have a year of experience and I'm already changing my career path. I might have to start at the bottom, but since I have a degree, I can rise up through the ranks faster!

So Cactus look into other jobs you can get based off job experience, and see if you family can help you get a job with one of their friends or something. Take your career in a different direction, you might not make the money you could have if you would've done something based on your degree, but good money will come if you work hard and commit to improving your social relationships.
Family? I have no family in this country besides my parents, and both make barely above minimum wage and one of them is a gambling addict.

What did you change your career path into, and how did you do it?
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I havent done it yet, this job keep pushing back my start date because of something that got on my record a few years ago is on there and needs to be approved first. But this job will expose me to Oracle so I feel like I can learn it well and then go on to get a certificate on it and just move up in the company doing database or coding. Not sure how it will go but Ill keep you posted.
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CS is the most useless degree. Because anyone can learn it. A high school dropout who does is more qualified than me. You can switch from another field to IT, but not the other way around. I regret not doing engineering like you did. I was so naive, not doing research and seeing the big picture but basing decisions on things like whether I was better at math or physics or if I liked software or hardware better.

If I had seen the big picture, I would've taken a year off after high school. Or a year off during university, or even failed a semester or two. Why is it that if you failed school, then get a degree anyway, your past is forgiven, but if it happens after graduation you're ruined FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE? I wish I'd failed! It would eliminate the possibility of grad school but not like it would've happened anyway. Why didn't I do it? Then again I probably would be here today no matter what, because I was BORN a failure. I should've just gone to the workforce after HS and never went to university. Maybe I'd still fail but at least I wouldn't have wasted several years of my life.
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