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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:57 am    Post subject: Am I normal?? Reply with quote

While typing a reply to a post, a thought occurred to me. I spend just about every waking second I have studying, working, and being 100% involved in computers and technology. Even my leisure time is spent playing computer games. I just wanted to do a reality check and make sure that I am not the odd ball for spending basically every second of every day working on, learning about, or collecting digital media and evidence. Most professionals my age (20's and 30's) are out at bars or clubs, generally having fun. Me I have a library of tech/forensic/law related books all read and it grows every day, I run 3 computers constantly I run 7 servers, 3 desktop pcs(windows box, linux box, and mac box), 2 laptops, multiple cell phones, multiple I Pods and other MP3 players, well i think your getting the idea. Is all of this normal? At least I admit I am a nerd I guess.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's normal lol..
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Define "Normal" what you might think is normal might not be to others, so what ever you think is good for you is normal, as long as it is legal I guess.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Ancient and Scrooloose for replying... I am glad to hear I am not so different. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DUDE....get a life!!!!.....

Just kidding... but seriously

This is the hazard of the tech field...... it is very easy to get tied up in the minutia of all the different aspects of it....... make a conserted effort to find some other area of interest to pursue.... this will get you away from all this stuff for a period so it does not become mundane..... Getting away from anything for a period helps keep it fresh, and helps you become a better rounded person.

My suggestion would be to block out a certain time of your day... like before or after to do some thing else.....plan it and schedule it so it will get done. I drop everything at the office door on the way home...... I maintain a distinct separation from my work and personal life.

Dont let any aspect of your life.... especially your job... define who you are...... it is what you do!!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But remember always, fun isn't what other people have fun doing it's what you have fun doing. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 5:58 am    Post subject: Re: Am I normal?? Reply with quote

Arthur_Howell wrote:
While typing a reply to a post, a thought occurred to me. I spend just about every waking second I have studying, working, and being 100% involved in computers and technology. Even my leisure time is spent playing computer games. I just wanted to do a reality check and make sure that I am not the odd ball for spending basically every second of every day working on, learning about, or collecting digital media and evidence. Most professionals my age (20's and 30's) are out at bars or clubs, generally having fun. Me I have a library of tech/forensic/law related books all read and it grows every day, I run 3 computers constantly I run 7 servers, 3 desktop pcs(windows box, linux box, and mac box), 2 laptops, multiple cell phones, multiple I Pods and other MP3 players, well i think your getting the idea. Is all of this normal? At least I admit I am a nerd I guess.

You mean you don't have anything else in your life at all? Nothing? Nothing at all? Come on ... really? Les ...
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope Nothing Sad
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say it's pretty normal..

I got 4 computers, 1 server, and 2 laptops.. (Thinkpad, and MacBook) & a PDA, for long waits.. like DMV, Drs office, etc.. When I'm not reading about network security/ computer forensics, I'm playing games, or servicing other people's computers.. I would say I'm caught up in the computer world.. It's more of an addiction now Very Happy, rather than a hobby like it used to be. If I'm away from the computer for more than a day, at most, I start to get moody.. I think it's withdrawel.. It's kinda pathetic I guess Laughing... Computer are the future.
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 3:12 am    Post subject: Had to walk away for a bit.. Reply with quote

Hey Arthur_Howell,

I had about the same problem but realized I needed to take a break now and then. SO I got a camper and take my family away on camping trips. Just to get away from the world for a bit, did me a great deal of good.

I was like you spending every waking (and sometimes dreaming ) moment on, about, or around computers, the internet, or technology in some form. Also viewing all the child porn cases, child abuse, murders, and more was having its toll. I began not to like computers so much anymore and was getting a little tired of them, I took my camping break and found that when I did that for a few days, when I came back I was so much more refreshed and ready to get on the computers that I have made it my regular thing.

Find something away from the machines and take a break. If you find you don't like it then hey spend all your time on the machine, if you find the break makes you feel better and even enjoy your work/hobby/life more because you look forward to the machines again, then all the better.

Your normal, but normal for you may not be normal for the next guy. If your computer is talking to you (and you don't
have the voice translator on) then you may be having a bit of trouble. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your computer dosen't talk to you? Well then damn.. i guess i better start taking breaks.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:29 am    Post subject: NORMAL?? Reply with quote

ha, man, at least your not sheltered from technology ): I would LOVE to have a computer. All i have is a cell phone. Its so hard to do research ): I have to go to the community library just to get anything done. It really puts a bump in the road. Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:40 pm    Post subject: IN THE SAME BOAT Reply with quote

I am in school for computer forensics, I am a firld service technician, and am getting prepared for my 2nd BLET certification this summer. I eat, drink, stay up late at night either researching new technology to parusing Ebay and inbetween like to kill something on either PS3 or Xbox....Normal is what makes your day and work enjoyable....we should converse Razz

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:06 am    Post subject: Re: Am I normal?? Reply with quote

Arthur_Howell wrote:
While typing a reply to a post, a thought occurred to me. I spend just about every waking second I have studying, working, and being 100% involved in computers and technology. Even my leisure time is spent playing computer games. I just wanted to do a reality check and make sure that I am not the odd ball for spending basically every second of every day working on, learning about, or collecting digital media and evidence. Most professionals my age (20's and 30's) are out at bars or clubs, generally having fun. Me I have a library of tech/forensic/law related books all read and it grows every day, I run 3 computers constantly I run 7 servers, 3 desktop pcs(windows box, linux box, and mac box), 2 laptops, multiple cell phones, multiple I Pods and other MP3 players, well i think your getting the idea. Is all of this normal? At least I admit I am a nerd I guess.


little excessive. I'm on the computer a good 12 hours of the day between work and games at home but i still find time to go out and have a good time with friends or play sports. Personally, i'd rather go out to the beach or a bar with friends. however, I dont mind spending the day home on a sunday and playing games for 8 hour straight if the weather sucks.
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