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Thread: Curious Question: Any CDs who work/worked in technology? What did you do?

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    Gold Member alwayshave's Avatar
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    Nellie, I have prive pilot certificate. As for technology, I started out as a computer operator on Burroughs 6700 series computers back in the late 70s, yes we wore lab coats and booted from a card deck. Then on to IBM 360s and transitioned into software engineering, writing microcode for emulation of the IBM 360 instruction set. From there started writing Operating System code for about 15 years, then database internals. I now practice law, but in software patents.... So I still work in technology. I love it. I underdress at work.
    Please call me Jamie, I always_have crossdressed, I always will, "alwayshave".

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    Transgender Person Pat's Avatar
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    Boston Area
    It should be interesting to see the overlap between pilots and tech folk. I expect it will be large. I was a software engineer for 40 years. I got a chance to work in a lot of specialties in a lot of companies but mostly was involved in various kinds of manufacturing. It was a good gig, but it used me up and I wasn't sad to leave it behind. I'm retired now and doing a little political activism for transgender rights.
    I am not a woman; I don't want to be a woman; I don't want to be mistaken for a woman.
    I am not a man; I don't want to be a man; I don't want to be mistaken for a man.
    I am a transgender person. And I'm still figuring out what that means.

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    Senior Member Asew's Avatar
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    Rochester, NY
    Computer engineering MS and BS and did internships with doing processor chip design. Realized I didn't like purely hardware jobs and preferred software with a mix of hardware. So now I do software development that runs tests to verify hardware development of processor chip design. I really love the combination of both software and hardware.

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    San Jose, Ca, USA
    Not a software developer, but a software user of sorts - I spent almost 35 years as a CAD Support Engineer in the semiconductor industry before retiring 10 years ago - loved most of my job back then, but love retirement even more!
    Wealth should not be measured by how much you have, but by how little you need - anon

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    I began working with computers as a programmer in 1966. I retired from that field in 2000. No, I never CDed while on the job.
    Hugs, Carole

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    Been a software developer since 1984. Never crossdressed while working, except for underwear.

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    Eclectic Woman nelliebell's Avatar
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    Hello everyone!!

    I am so happy with all the replies! So many different sections within technology in one post and quite a lot of you have worked in technology for many years .

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    Electrical/telecom/systems engineer. 40+ years working. And, I must be older than all of you. My first "computer" was a slide rule. But, I guess my oldest real computer was an IBM 1130 when I was still in high school. Since then, IBM 360/67, PDP 8/11, VAX 11/780, IBM PC/DOS 2.0, IBM PC-XT/286/DOS IBM 386/Win 3.0, 3.1, Pentium/Win 95, Win 98, XP, CORE I5/Win Win 7, Win 10.

    I skipped most of the : Win ME, Win 8 and maybe some others I totally forgot about
    Hi, I'm Steffi and I'm a crossdresser... And I accept and celebrate both sides of me. Or, maybe I'm gender fluid.

    Gender fluid (adj.) - Describes a person whose gender identity is not fixed. A person who is gender fluid may always feel like a mix of the two traditional genders, but may feel [more] like one gender some days, and [more like] another gender other days.


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    I have worked as a Aerospace technician,robotics technician,electronics engineer,then networks engineer,programmer,then an aircraft technician.
    Last edited by traciethetg; 06-20-2018 at 10:28 PM.

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    Platinum Member Beverley Sims's Avatar
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    Lowestoft UK. Beverley was here.
    I was a photographer until computers came along.

    Now everyone's a photographer with the advent of digital cameras and Photoshop. :-)

    It specialist? is my game today along with making movies.
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    Silver Member giuseppina's Avatar
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    Sep 2009
    My expertise is in analogue, digital and power electronics, printed circuit board design, and software design. Last job was switching power supplies.

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    Senior Member Robin777's Avatar
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    Central Ohio
    I started after college as a electronics technician and fell into the field of Metrology. For those of you that don't know what a Metrologist is. I'm the person who keeps the electronic instrumentation accurate. Equipment like multimeters, oscilloscopes,etc. I worked at a Integrated Circuit Manufacturer where we made the chips for the space program and the military. Towards the end it was mostly for the automotive industry.Was there for 23 years until the plant closed. I now work at a large research company doing the same thing.
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    New Member jeni's Avatar
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    Monroe NJ
    Automotive Engineer.

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    Silver Member ClosetED's Avatar
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    I have been a programmer for 42 years, as well as a physician for 32. Real computer nerd - started the computer club in high school. Started with BASIC and FORTRAN on DecWriters, IBM 360/370 in college, wrote a video game for Atari in assembler as a independent study class, I think I was the first to implement hypermedia in 1989, on the Macintosh. Wrote software for Harvard Medical School and local hospitals and then for insurance company, while still seeing patients. It all comes very easy to me.
    I have put on hose while programming, where no one could tell. I have had a few days at home alone and can dress and work at the computer.
    Hugs, Ellen

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    New Member ReneeTX's Avatar
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    Humble, TX
    I work in IT Infrastructure and Operations. Primarily, I'm a senior Windows server engineer, VMware Architect, all things that are virtualized, and multiple other infra/Ops applications. I've been in IT since 98 when I decided I'd had enough of the catty b***hes I worked with as an ER/ICU nurse.

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    Member Debs's Avatar
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    Worked at Shell Oil for 33 years, I was department Hardware repairs for many years (no such things as help desk or computer engineer), each department used current staff to fix things, I happened to be into PC,s even before hard drives where used, all loaded by 5.5 inch floppy disc. ok things changed , so I got into Visual basic programming , writing code for Excel , Powerpoint , MS assess etc. and did that for 20 years, now retired, but still repair laptops on the side when they pass my way. Nobody has towers or desktops anymore. All fiddly laptop repairs, so dont go out of my way looking for work. Done some bits of VB for some small business, but as I say they ring me, I dont go looking. Did work from home in the last 5 years of my job, and yes did dress.

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    44 years US AIRFORCE PMEL (precision measurement equipment laboratory).

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    Member Chelsea B's Avatar
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    Nellie, I am a tech nerd from way back, but retired a couple of years ago. I wasn’t dressing during most of my career.
    I was an audio and video engineer working in recording and post production.
    I also write software.

    Not a woman, I just enjoy looking and feeling like one now and then!

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    Junior Member Vale's Avatar
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    Hi Nell,
    40+ years as an engineer and scientist, and still going. Worked in many different fields. I sought work that was challenging and generally found ways to enjoy it. Most of you will have used something I helped design or test at some time in your life. To me that is satisfying.

    Never dressed at work, but have always been regarded as somehow “different” by my peers.

    Btw: the first computer I worked with was an LGP-30.

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    Member laura.lapinski's Avatar
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    Yeeesss. Worked in IT most of my adult life. Have done everything in IT I think. I am now a Systems Analyst. I design software systems, manage programmers, administer systems/DB's. I like using my creativity on making sense out of chaos. I have a feeling a lot of CD's are techs. I think CDers are intelligent, and have rich imaginations, and are intuitive.

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    Northcentral Wisconsin
    I taught computer technology and repair for about 10 years.

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    Junior Member MsKim2888's Avatar
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    Well I work for a manufacturing audit and certification company, mainly for computer/IT products eg: printers, cameras, LCD screen, etc. for 10+yrs. Doing certification and audit for FCC, CCC, ISO standards and etc. Now I'm taking over my family business (non IT related). Well does that count to being in IT industries?

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    Phoenix AZ
    I work as a systems engineer. I design, build, integrate, and test embedded systems.

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