I started working with computers in a time before there was such a term called “information technology”. It was a time before Microsoft Windows, a time when certifications was not heard of and a time before, what we consider to be, the internet of today. The blessing in all of this is that I had the opportunity to let technology teach me.
During those years I worked at a State government agency and had no training whatsoever in computer technology. As a matter of fact my job had nothing to do with computers whatsoever. It all got started at home with an Apple IIc and at work with an IBM PS/2. As a result, I found myself filling the shoes of a computer information specialist at the same State agency where I planned and managed a network in a campus style setting consisting of ten buildings. All along the way I let technology teach me.
My years in Tech taught me discipline, to be patient, to teach and share with others what I was learning, how to be innovative in streamlining business processes, to become a business administrator, to be always organized, to be a gatekeeper and protector (of data), and to be always current with what technology was out there.
Today, as a retiree, my love for technology is still there. It is the one reason that I enjoy blogging about computers, software and information technology.
I would be interested in hearing comments from other techs on “what tech has taught you”… You can leave comments below.
NOTE: This article was posted as a result of a wager with TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone. Deal was, if Texas won the World Series TechPaul had to write the article and if San Francisco won the World Series I (Ramblinrick) had to write the article. Congratulations to TechPaul!
Addendum (11/02/2010): Following the completion of this article, TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone followed up with a similar article,
I encourage you to read this article to learn about the history of TechPaul. As he is always telling me, “You’re a good man Charlie Brown”…
Addendum (11/05/2010): As a result of this article, Steve over at TTC Shelbyville composed an article titled,
His article shows tribute to those who grew up in the age of computers and explains his background as well. Steve is the lead Computer Information Technology Instructor at TTC Shelbyville (Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville) and it has been a real honor to be associated with him. As Steve puts it, “ In today’s world, the new guys will be old guys quick…”. How true that is!
If you are a young (and even old) and have that burning desire to learn tech, Tennessee Technology Center is where to start.