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  1. ^Hmm, that is tough. Personally I've always wanted to find a gym that had the equipment I needed AND "personal" trainers in set stations around the gym. I'd pay more for a standard membership if it meant that every 6-7 machines there was a trainer helping and guiding people that had questions. Sure, it kind of takes away the "personal" in personal training, but to be honest, I think PT are too pricey for me to pay for, I just don't see myself setting aside 30-60 bucks for an hour of of personal training, and I think a lot of people feel taht way too... it can get pretty pricey to pay for one twice a week for X months. If there was a gym that had it's trainers paid by the hour to watch a "zone" of equipment, and answer questions or assist... I'd pay 60-80 bucks a month in gym membership for that... And seeing as how most gyms are only charging $9-15 for a monthly membership, I'd just toss a guess out there and say it's do-able... But that's just me guessing.


    ps: I'm not saying PTs aren't worth it, I know they are, as I was in great shape once and switched gyms and got a few free sessions, and that guy killed me and made me sore... but the fact still remained that I just didn't have THAT much extra money to pay.

  2. I have my bachelors degree in Network Administration and an associates in Computer Information Systems.  Right now I am a Network Admin for a huge non for profit company in Buffalo.  Pay definitely isn't as good as it should be but my experience is going through the roof which is really what counts.  Looking into getting the company to pay for my MCSE and Cisco certs in the near future.  The IT department here is severely under-staffed so not only do I do the Net Admin work but I am a project manager and a tech some days.  It's definitely not boring here lol

    That is AMAZING experience. Being under-paid sucks of course, but like you said, nothing is more valuable then experience. Just be sure to not be afraid to eventually either demand to be paid what you're worth, or find another company that will. I got lucky in being laid off, and even luckier than I can imagine to land at a new company like this... So when it comes to someone with your experience, getting paid what you're worth is just a matter of finding a new company looking for a hard worker.


    Do you have any good from-the-ground-up Networking docs you could send me? I don't need to learn how to configure a switch type level of knowledge, but I def. need to learn more than I currently know.

  3. I currently work as a network engineer for a VAR/MSP mainly focused on Cisco and although it is mandatory for me to do so I am currently working on my MCSE 2012 to become more familiar with Microsoft.  I already have my Bachelors degree and in the IT feld I believe this to be enough because Masters is most generally for Management and I'm not looking to get into Management just yet.  I'm constantly pushing the enevelope with what I do and the projects I take on to show the company that I work for that I am looking to advance and increase my Knowledge as much as possible.  I currently work as a tier 2 tech on their helpdesk and would love to move into the the implementation/ Preseales environement one day, but to do so I have to prove that I am capable of doing the work which I am trying to do on a daily basis. after the MCSE I am going to move to the VCP and then EMC certifications.  Any EMC stuff you could throw my way Decoy would be appreciated as Storage is currrently my weakest subject..


    Awesome! That's kind of what I did, I went from the Operations (Glorified security guard for servers) to where I am at now through kind of the same way you are.... I will get you some material.... You'd be surprised how all-inclusive it is. They are 600 page PDF's, but they *LITERALLY* go from "This is what a server is" to "Here is how you fully design a SAN Fabric".


    Also, there is a ton of information out there as well that can be had for free.


    And yeah, storage is actually my weak point.. and networking in general.. Blah.

  4. I am back in school, i got my associates in exercise science, realized i wouldn't make the money I want to make unless somehow I became a top trainer or had a bachelors to become more than just a trainer with companies. So now I am back in school for nursing, so I can work 3-4 days a week as a nurse, then maybe do training on the side. I grew up pretty much without having a father around, my mom raised 3 kids on her own, we went through hard times, we almost didnt even have a christmas one year,but a miracle came through and a 500$ donation came from the church and my mom was able to provide us with presents by going shopping christmas eve night. My goal in life is to be able to provide for my family and make sure my kids do not go through the struggles my family went through. Yes it shaped me into the person I am today, but i want to cry when I look back and realize how much my mom did to raise us. I also want to be able to provide for my mom because she has had rheumatoid arthritis since she was 11. She is in pain every day, and I would like to be able to afford to tell her she doesnt have to work anymore. I am thinking about after a few years of nursing applying to med school. We will see how things go after I graduate nursing.I pray I get into nursing on my first time applying, I will be applying at the end of this semester or the beginning of next semester.  


    The reason I gave up on personal training is because my goal is to own and operate my own gym one day, and with my income on personal training, its hard to save enough money to see myself running my gym. So I want a nursing job to ensure a set pay and I know I will have work and I know the pay is good enough for me to start putting money aside for my future plans. 


    If anyone knows of fitness places hiring positions go ahead and send me a message. I am willing to move for a good enough job. 


    I am currently unemployed because I had to quit my previous job about 1 month ago when my boss was being a dick about me school schedule. Which sucks because now I am being really tight on money until I get another job, and seems like everywhere is not hiring, or maybe they think im over qualified to be something simple like a cashier. I thought having my associates would help getting stupid simple part time jobs but its not. I had better luck before I graduated with the associates. I never had trouble looking for jobs before. I was always hired at places within a week of looking. Yes people say its a bad economy right now, but when stores say they are hiring and you can't even get an interview....wtf.... Its not like i have a bad record either, I have a tresspassing and a misorderly conduct (both misdemeanors) from like 4-5 years ago. 



    I don't know just kind of venting and rambling on guys. hope all is well! 


    Here is a tip I learned. Customize your resume. Have multiple ones. One for cashier type jobs, one for the jobs that require schooling, and then with each job tailor it to suit the job you are applying at... It does take a little longer, but your success rate sky rockets.


    Oh and the reason you aren't getting hired as a cashier is probably BECAUSE of your education. Think about it, would you hire someone that just needs a for-now job that will split as soon as he can get something more associated to his education? Or would you hire the 17 year old high school drop out who has no education and will most likely work there much longer than someone such as yourself? It costs a good chunk of change and a lot of money to hire and train someone, so businesses hate high turn over rates.


    Remove that education. Don't mention it. It's tough to not try and shine yourself in the best possible light during an interview, but the above is true, oddly enough.


    Good luck man!


    Also, do you do Cross Fitness training? It seems to me that a Cross-Fit gym doesn't require nearly as much equipment and the prices for a monthly membership is MUCH higher than a standard gym that has to buy all that stuff.

  5. Well done, sir.

    Personally, I'm taking courses outside of work to get ahead. If you like the company you're in, look at the next level up or another position you want to be in between now and 5 years (10, if you're disciplined) and figure out what skills you need. Then, find a way to learn how to do that job better than the guy sitting in it.

    Don't ever hesitate in investing in yourself, even if it costs you tuition, fees, time, headaches, weekends. As CoverGirl says, "you're worth it". And as much as I hate it when ppl use this like a cokewhore, YOLO.


    Thanks! I fully agree about the next level up statement. I'm actually eye-ing a role in my company about 4 levels up, with a slight move to the presales team. The experience I'm getting now will be extremely important to getting that role which is one reason why I chose this position (The one that required the move) versus that stay-at-home-and-dont-change-anything position I was offered in Tampa.. I think it's important to always look at where you wanna be. It's also important to be content and happy where you are at currently, as it's not healthy to be miserable in the now and always hoping things will get better. I'd say if a person went more than 1-2 years being unhappy but hoping things get better, than that person needs to re-evaluate what they are striving for and how long they can keep that up.

  6. I just recently started college after taking 10 years off of school. Going to get my degree in IT. I've always wanted a job working on computers, so now I'm going to make that a reality.


    That's awesome man, what field of IT are you trying to get in? I may be able to help somehow, if not, well, it's always fun to talk shop. I'm obviously biased, but backup\recovery and storage are two areas that aren't going away anytime soon, especially with the technological revolution we are still going through, data is being created at faster and faster speeds and it's all gotta be stored, and backed up. It's a good career.

  7. So, what exactly are you doing to become successful? I use the term loosely, so define it as you wish... Successful in personal life, marriage, finances, business, etc.

    Before I get into mine, I did want to share this video. My old boss sent me this video after he read a post on my facebook about how I stayed up all night because I was engrossed in my work studies and didn't want to stop. He said he was happy to see me taking the tough steps to be successful, and that the part in the video about no-sleep made him think of me. It's a little cheesey, but it's worth a watch in my opinion. I usually watch it first thing in the morning to mentally prepare me for the next 10-14 hours of studying at my desk, in my tiny ass apartment, in the middle of no where. lol.


    I'd also like to add that my definition of success is waking up and being happy with life. I am pretty happy at this point, but there are areas that will make me even more happy. Having a great marriage, and having some well raised kids, will be my ultimate success story when it happens. Money comes in goes, but of course it's nice to have and it does unlock doors and makes things "easier" in a way.



    Oh and I love this video too. It gets me pumped.



    As for me, I got a new job at my dream company almost 5 months ago after being laid off out of no where from the company I was working for almost 7 years. I put my resume out the day I got laid off and started searching for a new one... and 2 days later got calls about this job. It required a move to a different state, and since I had just recently met what was soon to be my girlfriend 4 weeks prior, I was hesitant to move... Not only because I knew immediately how good of a catch I found in her, but my entire family and friend base is in Tampa.. The decision to move I had to make was made even tougher because I was also offered a work-from-home position with the SAME company, so I didn't even have to move! The two positions I was offered had slight differences, but the Boston one paid a little more, started me at a level 2, and would give me more real world experience and offered faster growth potential.. It was tough, but I chose to move, and left my life in Tampa to take the better experience\growth position. So now, I don't know anyone here in the Boston area, as all I really do is sit and study in between clients, and I'm perfectly fine with that. This year or two is about my career and growing my knowledge. I'm in my last year of my 20's and although it'll be quite boring, I'll be thankful to eventually get back to Tampa, putting in a transfer to continue working for this company, with a lot more knowledge and experience under my belt. I got a super tiny apartment to keep costs low, and am actually putting my house in Tampa on the market and preparing to save every dime I can to put what I hope to be a 50% down payment on my next house. It may not be the best use of that kind of money at these interest rates, but I'll sacrifice a little bit of investment gains in order to be able to afford a house on a single-worker family income, even if it means flipping burgers if it ever gets to that for some reason. I also am putting all my finances to paying off my car loan as well, which will be paid off in a couple months (5 year loan paid off in 2yr 4months w00t).

    If something else comes up, I'll deal with that as well. It's the only way to keep moving forward.

    So, what are you guys doing to be (or did to become) successful? I like hearing stories about this kinda stuff. Good motivation and it's a nice break from the usual banter.

  8. Just wanted to drop in and say Hi to everyone. I've been MIA the last month, focusing on work studies and taking a much needed break from gaming for a bit. I'll be back shortly, and can't wait to start fragging with you guys again...Especially now that I'm back on my gaming computer. :)


    I'm down for a 10-man as well most nights, I usually need a study break around that time since I've normally done about 8-10 hours studying at that point.


    Miss you bastards!


    Expect more from me soon <3

  9. The Server Message of the Day has also been altered to not go to the forums by the update.


    Yeah, as Hilikus said in the server a few minutes ago, the maps are starting to get stale and boring. Have cbble, piranesi and other maps been tested? I can test if not when the server is empty to ensure they are legit before adding them.

    The map pack has been added to the server's FTP.


    I suggest we get them into the map folder and test ASAP. We def. need some new maps.

  10. Does this apply to osg only or everyone involved in the 10-man?

    Just a thought, assuming all 10 players are OSG and were in pub...

    To stagger one exit from pub per every 2 minutes, that would mean everyone waits at minimum 20 mins before we can start the captain's process. That captain's process and choosing teams and setting up the aim maps server takes at least 15 mins (more often 20-25 mins). That means an upwards of 35 mins wait-time. For most of us who have limited free time, this is pretty inconvenient.

    Maybe we could make staggered exits a tad more flexible? Thoughts?


    Sure, do whatever you gotta do to not harm the public. Maybe the guys in the pub can be the last to join the actual 10-man server... stagger 2 ever minute or so...


    It's not SUPER strict... Just try not to kill the server. Keep an careful eye on it is all we ask.

  11. I've always wanted a map mode that allowed the T's or CT's to "modify" the map in the middle of a game.... In other words, have (just tossing out numbers) 4 bombsites and at the beginning the T's and CT's somehow "eliminate" one each... So there is only two left. This will make the same "map" a far more interesting experience as it kind of changes the layout everytime, so the T's and CT's would have to adjust strategies on the fly... Would be super interesting for competitive play too. The strats a team would have for A and B site would have to be completely different from if only A and C  were left or if B and D, etc, etc. etc...



    I also always thought that the T's or CT's should be able to plant an explodable charge to take out a wall and make an additional entrance at each site. That'd be cool.

  12. Hi all,

    As it seems our in-house scrims have proven to be very popular, I thought it was deserving of a sticky for a couple of reasons...

    - To keep them active, having it stickied is a constant reminder to new\old members as the thread doesn't "disappear" at the bottom.
    - Gives a general list of tips so that the public server isn't killed in popularity during the times these are taking place.

    Leadership loves the fact that everyone enjoys scrimming, however we have to also keep in mind why OSG is so popular to begin with, and that's because of the pub. We have to cater to this crowd as they are more or less the lifeline of continuing our success. I'm sure you all understand where we are coming from here. So the following is a general guideline of some things we want you guys to keep in mind when you go to do your 10-man scrims.

    1) If a lot of players are going to be pulled from the pub in order to scrim, please do a couple of things:
    A) Change the map to de_dust2 or another highly popular map. I believe cs_office is good as well... But I'd prefer D2 first if it hasn't been played in the last map.
    B ) Do not leave all at once. Try and stagger the disconnecting every couple minutes so that a new player can join. This shouldn't take long.
    C) Before you leave, hit ESC and send out invites to all your other CS Gaming friends to join the pub. Do this especially if the server isn't at capacity.
    D) Most importantly, at the conclusion of the scrim, take a look at how the pub is doing. If it's low on players, consider hoping into the server for a few rounds before starting the next 10-man... and again consider changing it back to D2.

    Please feel free to add to anything above if you have an idea on how to keep the pub populated during IN-HOUSE scrims.

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