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It's a lot of work I remember. My PhD is so old that it is almost completely irrelevant to modern computing but it's still a nice feeling of achievement.
Be aware that having the PhD on your resume can sometimes put people off; they consider you over-qualified, expecting higher salary, or just "too academic". In more than one interview these have been mentioned or implied.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
I'm well aware of that, when I told people I was working on a PHD, often the answer was that once I finished they wouldn't consider talking to me.It seems to depend on each company's culture, some seem to cherish having Ph.D.'s on staff, others not.
CQ de W5ALT
Walt Fair, Jr., P. E. Comport Computing Specializing in Technical Engineering Software
Some years ago my tenacious fighter pilot tech wife and I were driving from our cabin in the woods to Anaheim California to visit the folks. We stopped for the night at a motel 6 (because we're bad a$$) in Beaver Utah. We checked in and went off to our room where there was supposed to be free WiFi for all.
There was a strongish SSID I could connect to that looked like it was the motel's but it was secured and we were not given the PW. So my wife went down to the desk to ask the international family running the place what the PW might be and was greeted with the equivalent of "Ri Do No" (Think scooby doo). My dear wife, gosh I love her, said I'm a tech, can I have a look at your router? Which they inexplicably let her (She is a traffic stopper even after 8 hours in a car) so she must have stunned Dad because she came back into the room where she left me and said matter of factually, " I reset the router, look for Linksys, it should work now". I said "You Whaaa...." but hey it connected and I had the internet! So thanks babe, you're the best. I think I fell asleep right after that.
So if you ever find the Wifi at the Beaver Utah motel 6 open and free (I doubt you will) you can thank Tenacious K.
I never use hotel or restaurant WiFi. It's always dreadful.
One anecdote though... I was staying at a hotel (in Las Vegas, baby) and the WiFi kept dropping out. Each room had its own device, cleverly hidden behind the TV. So I unplugged mine, connected to the device in the next room, and called it good.
I'm a tech too, but without the pleasantness and the the woman's intuition. I swear sometimes I just stand there dumbfounded because she fixed something on a hunch that's not documented anywhere.
We run a mom n' pop (and dog) computer and networking shop. She's out front where she babys the walk ins and I'm in the back where my bad attitude from 40 years in various technical disciplines as left me with little patience for "normals" running amok on the internet wondering "why this is happening to me and can't a law be passed, I did a defrag" can't be seen.
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