[vcf-midatlantic] Snipe-It

Tony Bogan thebogans at mac.com
Fri Nov 30 14:20:31 EST 2018

> On Nov 30, 2018, at 1:21 AM, Laura S. Reinhard <laurakid7 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> While I am beginning to doubt my “belonging” in this group, primarily because my experience in IT has been limited to individual artists and their Macs and developing databases for them in FileMaker to keep up mailing lists (when people used to use mail).
Ditto!! I’ve done patient databases (and HCFA form completion etc) for several doctors and chiropractors. I also have setup and maintained VERY small Mac networks since the thinnet days. My point being I have knowledge, but it pales in comparison to the collective experience in this list.

> I often sound like I know less than I do,

Unfortunately for me I always sound that way because it’s true!! ;-)

> Why say all of this? Two reasons. First, I didn’t formally introduce myself to this list and since I will be at Festivus am worried that “they’re all gonna laugh at me”.

Please don’t spend another second on such thoughts. I am a user, not a programmer/coder or engineer (electrical or otherwise) nor do I work in IT or any field remotely related to 99% of the topics in this list. I run passenger boats (and in the past fishing boats) for a living. My experience with computers is predominantly as a user (some have said power user with the amount of things I do and have done, but I would not) who reaps the benefits of what many people on this list and others help create and maintain. (excluding the late 70s and early 80’s during the early days of hacking, cracking and phreaking but that’s another story)

My reason for saying this is while not intimidated (not really in my nature to be intimidated, which has created some of its own problems in life, but I digress) i too felt somewhat out of place when confronted with the overwhelming amount of knowledge and experience in this group. Sometimes I’d wait till the end of a detailed discussion like the “cloud” one going on, and respond with a “Dad lets me play video games slow in the driveway” as I felt overwhelmed.

But I quickly learned that this group of men and women are as happy to impart that knowledge and experience onto others as they are to discuss it with their peers in their respective fields.

Join me at festivus and we can sit there like Fluke Starbucker, Ham Salad and Princess Anne-Droid shrugging their shoulders saying “I can’t understand a word he’s saying” when Darph Nader is speaking.


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