Nice story, but noone cares! NoobOriginally Posted by KaitainHear, hear! Some little kid called me a newbie on this board because of the number of posts I'd made here and I just had to laugh.
I've been working as a professional computer programmer for more than 13 years. I have over 26 years of experience in the general field of computers. I wrote my first program at the age of 10 for an HP programmable calculator (no one had home computers back then). I built my first computer at the age of 12, and I'm not talking about plugging store bought parts into other store bought parts. I'm talking about soldering all of the components onto the PCB and trouble shooting it when something didn't work. I ran an underground BBS at the age of 14 with over 200 users off of an Apple IIe and 4 floppy drives using a 300baud modem. I designed and wrote an inventory system for trophy shops that paid for my first motorcycle at the age of 15. By 16 I was tutoring college kids on computers. At 18 I joined the Navy and troubleshot and repaired multi-million dollar computers and radios. After leaving the military I wrote and edited computer repair manuals. I then went on to run multi-million dollar IT departments. I've built and managed call centers for AOL, Cannon, and HP. Most recently I designed and developed a system to capture, store, and review traffic violations.
When I was younger I too thought I knew it all and had a condescending attitude towards anyone I thought knew less. Over the years I realized how little I actually did know and my self righteous attitude mellowed and hopefully has all but disappeared. I'm still human though so pride kicks me in the *** some times, like now.
So, the next time someone calls you a newbie just remember that only a newbie would call someone else a newbie. The truly knowledgable person knows there will always be someone that knows WAY more on a subject than they do and to THAT person they are the newbie.
I can't tell you how many times a novice computer user has taught me something about writing better applications...