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  •  So I noticed. Just look at Windows 8. (1+ / 0-)
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    I had no experience with that until recently and boy do I despise it. It's a good thing the Windows + R trick still works when you need to get someplace, because I had a hell of a time trying to navigate that nightmare of a start screen.

    The other thing is, as another poster mentioned above, I hate the corporate environment with every fiber in my being. I'd rather help some local businesses here modernize their infrastructure so they can do better business.

    I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

    by Homer177 on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 10:06:08 AM PDT

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    •  That's another Silicon Valley perk. (0+ / 0-)

      There's a ton of smaller IT-related shops that don't function like a normal corporation.  There's a ton of non-IT related businesses in the area that aren't using digital records or scheduling for their business -- there's quite the market for people that enjoy doing that sort of thing.

      Me, I did my time at two big corporate shops (Citigroup and Apple), and used those resume bullets to do what I really wanted to do -- work in the video games industry, and doing so at a place where I know everyone.  Hated working for large corporations because I hate not being able to see how what I'm doing affects the overall health of the org I'm devoting over a third of my life to (as the 40 work week in programming or systems administration is completely dead).

      Given your social tendencies, I'd definitely recommend trying out some six-month remote work contract gigs if you can get your hands on them.  They don't pay a ton, and you do have to live frugally since there may be some space between contracts -- at least until you can reliably get interviews at smaller shops where you'll function better.

      I really can't reiterate trying to move here enough, though.  Life seriously sucked until I moved to an area of the country where how I'm wired in the brain was an advantage, not a disadvantage.  Having a wife that's patient and caring and knows that when I lash out or I get overloaded and go into antisocial asshole mode, it's not because of her and it's a sign that I have sensory overload and need to get the fuck away from people is a boon.  Working for companies that are willing to overlook my social flaws because they're so common out here reduces a lot of my stress -- I know that if I do something socially stupid, it'll get forgiven or even laughed off.

      Yes, it's expensive as fuck out here.  Yes, sometimes it even hurts my liberal bleeding heart when I see my tax bills.  On the other hand, that money I'd save living somewhere cheaper wouldn't even be close to worth how amazing it is to live in a civilization where my abnormalities are an asset to be prized and bid on rather than marking me as some kind of "other" to be wary of...or worse, pitied.

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