20 years ago DevCentral made its first technical community post and created a place where F5 users could learn from each other.
What where you doing 20 years ago? Working in technology or a different industry? Or maybe you were doing something else incredible with your life. Share your stories with us here!
As for me, 20 years ago I was in high school studying for the SATs (which were a lot different 20 years ago), sending out college applications, and looking at prom dresses! 🙂
THIS IS going all in on "where were you 20 years ago".
I'm all for transparency but for my HS photo - that's a nope. 😂
20 years ago - I was welcoming my oldest child into the world that year. Sleep deprived, clueless, and having a blast as she learned how to communicate and interact with the world.
If only 20 years ago I was in high school, but I had graduated college.. was an internet systems administrator working 80 hour weeks trying to prove myself in the sysops / secops landscape. It was right around this time I developed my first botnet for legitimate use. It was the sanest method to scale our sysadmin functions globally, going from 13,000 employees to 3,000 employees in a 2 week span.
20 years ago, I was a full-time university student with 2 part-time jobs. I was an RA for my dorm at the University of Texas at Austin, and also worked as a hostess at a local restaurant. My roommate and I decorated one of our dorm room walls by completely covering the thing with those free AOL CDs we kept getting in the mail. Blade II had come out the previous year, and basically played on repeat in the common room.
I spent that summer doing an opera performance program in Salzburg (I was the Dritte Dame in Mozert's Die Zauberflöte), during the hottest, deadliest heat wave Europe had seen in 500 years. We'd take breaks to go to a local grocery store just to stand in the refridgerated section to cool off!
Just before the period I wrote about - so early 2003 - I was also working for a company whose primary product was written in Pascal (Borland Turbo Pascal FTW) and ran on DOS systems with a back-end database in (then) Novell's BTrieve. Their other product was SCO & DEC Unix hosting Thoroughbred Basic applications.
Feels like several lifetimes ago!
20 years ago I was .. just quitting a full time job to work for myself for a couple of years; which was not a particularly successful (financially!) period but it directly led to me joining F5 in 2005 and allowed me to broaden my skillset and learn what it's like to work without a safety net..
What I am always surprised by (I don't know why, considering I'm still here?) is that 2/3rds of the people who interviewed me back in 2005 are still with F5 today!
You'd have to look back 30 years to find me still at school..