Can any of you help me?

Discussion in 'MCSE' started by David Maggard, Aug 5, 2003.

  1. Let me start by saying I really hate doing this, but I am really desperate.

    I have been a cold fusion programmer for over 4 years, but lost my job in
    February.
    A few months later I found my current 'job', which is consultant (1099)
    sidework, in which I get paid per project upon completion.
    But when I finish my last project for them about 2 weeks ago I was told that
    they didn't have any money in the account to pay me with, and although they
    say I should be getting a check in the next few days, I worry that if they
    are this tight on money, whether they will be in business for long. I was
    barely keeping my head above water with what they were paying me. I live in
    a small town in southwest Utah, near Las Vegas, without much IT work
    locally.
    I am an expert (certified) in Cold Fusion with experience mainly in
    eCommerce(shopping carts and credit card processing) and self replicating
    websites(member sites, and email campaign tracking).
    I have advanced skills with JavaScript.
    I have intermediate skills with ASP and VBA.
    I have advanced database skills with Access and SQL server 2000.
    I have intermediate windows networking skills.
    A friend of mine and I have been trying to get our MCSEs and MCDBAs but
    haven't had the money to spend on a test network let alone the exam fees.
    I have also been wanting to expand my skills into Linux and PHP as well.

    I was hoping someone out there would have some work or know of some for me,
    preferable something I could do from home or in Las Vegas.
    I really would like to avoid moving, as I have been supporting my mother who
    has chronic health problems, and we have a strong family presence here.

    Please someone out there help me!

    David Maggard
    David Maggard, Aug 5, 2003
    #1
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  2. Or if any of you know of any programs that would help me out while I was
    studying for MCSE, that would help to.



    "David Maggard" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Let me start by saying I really hate doing this, but I am really

    desperate.
    >
    > I have been a cold fusion programmer for over 4 years, but lost my job in
    > February.
    > A few months later I found my current 'job', which is consultant (1099)
    > sidework, in which I get paid per project upon completion.
    > But when I finish my last project for them about 2 weeks ago I was told

    that
    > they didn't have any money in the account to pay me with, and although

    they
    > say I should be getting a check in the next few days, I worry that if they
    > are this tight on money, whether they will be in business for long. I was
    > barely keeping my head above water with what they were paying me. I live

    in
    > a small town in southwest Utah, near Las Vegas, without much IT work
    > locally.
    > I am an expert (certified) in Cold Fusion with experience mainly in
    > eCommerce(shopping carts and credit card processing) and self replicating
    > websites(member sites, and email campaign tracking).
    > I have advanced skills with JavaScript.
    > I have intermediate skills with ASP and VBA.
    > I have advanced database skills with Access and SQL server 2000.
    > I have intermediate windows networking skills.
    > A friend of mine and I have been trying to get our MCSEs and MCDBAs but
    > haven't had the money to spend on a test network let alone the exam fees.
    > I have also been wanting to expand my skills into Linux and PHP as well.
    >
    > I was hoping someone out there would have some work or know of some for

    me,
    > preferable something I could do from home or in Las Vegas.
    > I really would like to avoid moving, as I have been supporting my mother

    who
    > has chronic health problems, and we have a strong family presence here.
    >
    > Please someone out there help me!
    >
    > David Maggard
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    David Maggard, Aug 5, 2003
    #2
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  3. David Maggard

    Consultant Guest

    not to make light of your situation, but take the money you have, go to
    vegas and play the blackjack table!

    "David Maggard" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Let me start by saying I really hate doing this, but I am really

    desperate.
    >
    > I have been a cold fusion programmer for over 4 years, but lost my job in
    > February.
    > A few months later I found my current 'job', which is consultant (1099)
    > sidework, in which I get paid per project upon completion.
    > But when I finish my last project for them about 2 weeks ago I was told

    that
    > they didn't have any money in the account to pay me with, and although

    they
    > say I should be getting a check in the next few days, I worry that if they
    > are this tight on money, whether they will be in business for long. I was
    > barely keeping my head above water with what they were paying me. I live

    in
    > a small town in southwest Utah, near Las Vegas, without much IT work
    > locally.
    > I am an expert (certified) in Cold Fusion with experience mainly in
    > eCommerce(shopping carts and credit card processing) and self replicating
    > websites(member sites, and email campaign tracking).
    > I have advanced skills with JavaScript.
    > I have intermediate skills with ASP and VBA.
    > I have advanced database skills with Access and SQL server 2000.
    > I have intermediate windows networking skills.
    > A friend of mine and I have been trying to get our MCSEs and MCDBAs but
    > haven't had the money to spend on a test network let alone the exam fees.
    > I have also been wanting to expand my skills into Linux and PHP as well.
    >
    > I was hoping someone out there would have some work or know of some for

    me,
    > preferable something I could do from home or in Las Vegas.
    > I really would like to avoid moving, as I have been supporting my mother

    who
    > has chronic health problems, and we have a strong family presence here.
    >
    > Please someone out there help me!
    >
    > David Maggard
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    Consultant, Aug 5, 2003
    #3
  4. I don't think that you can do much in vegas with $50, and thats about all I
    got left.


    "Consultant" <> wrote in message
    news:%...
    > not to make light of your situation, but take the money you have, go to
    > vegas and play the blackjack table!
    >
    > "David Maggard" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Let me start by saying I really hate doing this, but I am really

    > desperate.
    > >
    > > I have been a cold fusion programmer for over 4 years, but lost my job

    in
    > > February.
    > > A few months later I found my current 'job', which is consultant (1099)
    > > sidework, in which I get paid per project upon completion.
    > > But when I finish my last project for them about 2 weeks ago I was told

    > that
    > > they didn't have any money in the account to pay me with, and although

    > they
    > > say I should be getting a check in the next few days, I worry that if

    they
    > > are this tight on money, whether they will be in business for long. I

    was
    > > barely keeping my head above water with what they were paying me. I live

    > in
    > > a small town in southwest Utah, near Las Vegas, without much IT work
    > > locally.
    > > I am an expert (certified) in Cold Fusion with experience mainly in
    > > eCommerce(shopping carts and credit card processing) and self

    replicating
    > > websites(member sites, and email campaign tracking).
    > > I have advanced skills with JavaScript.
    > > I have intermediate skills with ASP and VBA.
    > > I have advanced database skills with Access and SQL server 2000.
    > > I have intermediate windows networking skills.
    > > A friend of mine and I have been trying to get our MCSEs and MCDBAs but
    > > haven't had the money to spend on a test network let alone the exam

    fees.
    > > I have also been wanting to expand my skills into Linux and PHP as well.
    > >
    > > I was hoping someone out there would have some work or know of some for

    > me,
    > > preferable something I could do from home or in Las Vegas.
    > > I really would like to avoid moving, as I have been supporting my mother

    > who
    > > has chronic health problems, and we have a strong family presence here.
    > >
    > > Please someone out there help me!
    > >
    > > David Maggard
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
    David Maggard, Aug 5, 2003
    #4
  5. David Maggard

    Consultant Guest

    play the slots?
    get a lap dance?

    you can always sale your sperm!

    "David Maggard" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I don't think that you can do much in vegas with $50, and thats about all

    I
    > got left.
    >
    >
    > "Consultant" <> wrote in message
    > news:%...
    > > not to make light of your situation, but take the money you have, go to
    > > vegas and play the blackjack table!
    > >
    > > "David Maggard" <> wrote in message
    > > news:...
    > > > Let me start by saying I really hate doing this, but I am really

    > > desperate.
    > > >
    > > > I have been a cold fusion programmer for over 4 years, but lost my job

    > in
    > > > February.
    > > > A few months later I found my current 'job', which is consultant

    (1099)
    > > > sidework, in which I get paid per project upon completion.
    > > > But when I finish my last project for them about 2 weeks ago I was

    told
    > > that
    > > > they didn't have any money in the account to pay me with, and although

    > > they
    > > > say I should be getting a check in the next few days, I worry that if

    > they
    > > > are this tight on money, whether they will be in business for long. I

    > was
    > > > barely keeping my head above water with what they were paying me. I

    live
    > > in
    > > > a small town in southwest Utah, near Las Vegas, without much IT work
    > > > locally.
    > > > I am an expert (certified) in Cold Fusion with experience mainly in
    > > > eCommerce(shopping carts and credit card processing) and self

    > replicating
    > > > websites(member sites, and email campaign tracking).
    > > > I have advanced skills with JavaScript.
    > > > I have intermediate skills with ASP and VBA.
    > > > I have advanced database skills with Access and SQL server 2000.
    > > > I have intermediate windows networking skills.
    > > > A friend of mine and I have been trying to get our MCSEs and MCDBAs

    but
    > > > haven't had the money to spend on a test network let alone the exam

    > fees.
    > > > I have also been wanting to expand my skills into Linux and PHP as

    well.
    > > >
    > > > I was hoping someone out there would have some work or know of some

    for
    > > me,
    > > > preferable something I could do from home or in Las Vegas.
    > > > I really would like to avoid moving, as I have been supporting my

    mother
    > > who
    > > > has chronic health problems, and we have a strong family presence

    here.
    > > >
    > > > Please someone out there help me!
    > > >
    > > > David Maggard
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >

    > >
    > >

    >
    >
    Consultant, Aug 5, 2003
    #5
  6. I'm a hiring manager in the Las Vegas area and just recently recruited
    someone with your skills and he's turning out great. Had you posted this
    message about 3 weeks ago I probably could have helped ya. :-\

    The LV area isn't the best to find work unless you know AS400s you can work
    for the casinos and get paid a lot.

    Clint

    "David Maggard" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Let me start by saying I really hate doing this, but I am really

    desperate.
    >
    > I have been a cold fusion programmer for over 4 years, but lost my job in
    > February.
    > A few months later I found my current 'job', which is consultant (1099)
    > sidework, in which I get paid per project upon completion.
    > But when I finish my last project for them about 2 weeks ago I was told

    that
    > they didn't have any money in the account to pay me with, and although

    they
    > say I should be getting a check in the next few days, I worry that if they
    > are this tight on money, whether they will be in business for long. I was
    > barely keeping my head above water with what they were paying me. I live

    in
    > a small town in southwest Utah, near Las Vegas, without much IT work
    > locally.
    > I am an expert (certified) in Cold Fusion with experience mainly in
    > eCommerce(shopping carts and credit card processing) and self replicating
    > websites(member sites, and email campaign tracking).
    > I have advanced skills with JavaScript.
    > I have intermediate skills with ASP and VBA.
    > I have advanced database skills with Access and SQL server 2000.
    > I have intermediate windows networking skills.
    > A friend of mine and I have been trying to get our MCSEs and MCDBAs but
    > haven't had the money to spend on a test network let alone the exam fees.
    > I have also been wanting to expand my skills into Linux and PHP as well.
    >
    > I was hoping someone out there would have some work or know of some for

    me,
    > preferable something I could do from home or in Las Vegas.
    > I really would like to avoid moving, as I have been supporting my mother

    who
    > has chronic health problems, and we have a strong family presence here.
    >
    > Please someone out there help me!
    >
    > David Maggard
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    Clint Kennedy, Aug 5, 2003
    #6
  7. Hi, David.
    I respect your need to care for your family. That's great. Family should
    always comes first, IMHO.

    A couple of thoughts - if you are a web developer/DB Administrator, why are
    you considering becoming certified as an MCSE? Have you considered becoming
    an MCSD? I mean no insult to the members of this group (some will take
    insult anyway - that's okay), but MCSEs are becoming as popular as Ford
    Tauruses in the US. If you don't have one yourself, you know someone else
    who does. I don't know of any unemployed MCSDs/MCADs. However, MCSEs have a
    tougher time of landing a job.

    Your skill set shows me that your definitely ready to learn and work with
    VB.NET. Get the count of the different types of certified folks here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/mcp/certified.asp

    You can earn an MCAD certification in VB.NET with three exams (vs. MCSE's
    seven exams).

    If you perform a search on http://www.dice.com, you'll find no CF jobs in
    Nevada, however, here's what I found with .NET:
    ASP.NET Developer - Eastridge Infotech Las Vegas, NV (8-1-2003)
    ..Net Software Developers - CDI Professional Services Las Vegas, NV
    (7-22-2003)
    ..Net Software Architect - CDI Professional Services Las Vegas, NV
    (7-22-2003)
    ..Net Software Test Engineer - CDI Professional Services Las Vegas, NV
    (7-22-2003)
    VB.net Software Engineer - Eastridge Infotech Reno, NV (8-5-2003)
    C# Apps Developer - Equities Trading - Eric Robert Associates New York, NV
    (8-1-2003)
    Programmer - Legacy Solutions Reno, NV (8-1-2003)
    Network Administrator - Vecor, Inc Elko, NV (8-4-2003)

    Hey - there's an MCSE job on the end!

    Good luck to you. Skip using expensive books when you study - use MSDN and
    Transcender practice exams. You sound like you have great programming skills
    that should put toward SW development.

    This information is based purely on my opinions and you can take it or leave
    it.

    Sincerely,
    Davin Mickelson
    MCP+SiteBuilding, MCSD(VS6), MCSD.NET



    "David Maggard" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Or if any of you know of any programs that would help me out while I was
    > studying for MCSE, that would help to.
    >
    >
    >
    > "David Maggard" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Let me start by saying I really hate doing this, but I am really

    > desperate.
    > >
    > > I have been a cold fusion programmer for over 4 years, but lost my job

    in
    > > February.
    > > A few months later I found my current 'job', which is consultant (1099)
    > > sidework, in which I get paid per project upon completion.
    > > But when I finish my last project for them about 2 weeks ago I was told

    > that
    > > they didn't have any money in the account to pay me with, and although

    > they
    > > say I should be getting a check in the next few days, I worry that if

    they
    > > are this tight on money, whether they will be in business for long. I

    was
    > > barely keeping my head above water with what they were paying me. I live

    > in
    > > a small town in southwest Utah, near Las Vegas, without much IT work
    > > locally.
    > > I am an expert (certified) in Cold Fusion with experience mainly in
    > > eCommerce(shopping carts and credit card processing) and self

    replicating
    > > websites(member sites, and email campaign tracking).
    > > I have advanced skills with JavaScript.
    > > I have intermediate skills with ASP and VBA.
    > > I have advanced database skills with Access and SQL server 2000.
    > > I have intermediate windows networking skills.
    > > A friend of mine and I have been trying to get our MCSEs and MCDBAs but
    > > haven't had the money to spend on a test network let alone the exam

    fees.
    > > I have also been wanting to expand my skills into Linux and PHP as well.
    > >
    > > I was hoping someone out there would have some work or know of some for

    > me,
    > > preferable something I could do from home or in Las Vegas.
    > > I really would like to avoid moving, as I have been supporting my mother

    > who
    > > has chronic health problems, and we have a strong family presence here.
    > >
    > > Please someone out there help me!
    > >
    > > David Maggard
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
    Davin Mickelson, Aug 5, 2003
    #7
  8. David Maggard

    Consultant Guest

    that is not an insult, it is the truth.

    personally, mcse is just one of the certs i hold, i am a sr network engineer
    by title, but am not limited to an MS only skillset.

    "Davin Mickelson" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi, David.
    > I respect your need to care for your family. That's great. Family should
    > always comes first, IMHO.
    >
    > A couple of thoughts - if you are a web developer/DB Administrator, why

    are
    > you considering becoming certified as an MCSE? Have you considered

    becoming
    > an MCSD? I mean no insult to the members of this group (some will take
    > insult anyway - that's okay), but MCSEs are becoming as popular as Ford
    > Tauruses in the US. If you don't have one yourself, you know someone else
    > who does. I don't know of any unemployed MCSDs/MCADs. However, MCSEs have

    a
    > tougher time of landing a job.
    >
    > Your skill set shows me that your definitely ready to learn and work with
    > VB.NET. Get the count of the different types of certified folks here:
    > http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/mcp/certified.asp
    >
    > You can earn an MCAD certification in VB.NET with three exams (vs. MCSE's
    > seven exams).
    >
    > If you perform a search on http://www.dice.com, you'll find no CF jobs in
    > Nevada, however, here's what I found with .NET:
    > ASP.NET Developer - Eastridge Infotech Las Vegas, NV (8-1-2003)
    > .Net Software Developers - CDI Professional Services Las Vegas, NV
    > (7-22-2003)
    > .Net Software Architect - CDI Professional Services Las Vegas, NV
    > (7-22-2003)
    > .Net Software Test Engineer - CDI Professional Services Las Vegas, NV
    > (7-22-2003)
    > VB.net Software Engineer - Eastridge Infotech Reno, NV (8-5-2003)
    > C# Apps Developer - Equities Trading - Eric Robert Associates New York, NV
    > (8-1-2003)
    > Programmer - Legacy Solutions Reno, NV (8-1-2003)
    > Network Administrator - Vecor, Inc Elko, NV (8-4-2003)
    >
    > Hey - there's an MCSE job on the end!
    >
    > Good luck to you. Skip using expensive books when you study - use MSDN and
    > Transcender practice exams. You sound like you have great programming

    skills
    > that should put toward SW development.
    >
    > This information is based purely on my opinions and you can take it or

    leave
    > it.
    >
    > Sincerely,
    > Davin Mickelson
    > MCP+SiteBuilding, MCSD(VS6), MCSD.NET
    >
    >
    >
    > "David Maggard" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Or if any of you know of any programs that would help me out while I was
    > > studying for MCSE, that would help to.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > "David Maggard" <> wrote in message
    > > news:...
    > > > Let me start by saying I really hate doing this, but I am really

    > > desperate.
    > > >
    > > > I have been a cold fusion programmer for over 4 years, but lost my job

    > in
    > > > February.
    > > > A few months later I found my current 'job', which is consultant

    (1099)
    > > > sidework, in which I get paid per project upon completion.
    > > > But when I finish my last project for them about 2 weeks ago I was

    told
    > > that
    > > > they didn't have any money in the account to pay me with, and although

    > > they
    > > > say I should be getting a check in the next few days, I worry that if

    > they
    > > > are this tight on money, whether they will be in business for long. I

    > was
    > > > barely keeping my head above water with what they were paying me. I

    live
    > > in
    > > > a small town in southwest Utah, near Las Vegas, without much IT work
    > > > locally.
    > > > I am an expert (certified) in Cold Fusion with experience mainly in
    > > > eCommerce(shopping carts and credit card processing) and self

    > replicating
    > > > websites(member sites, and email campaign tracking).
    > > > I have advanced skills with JavaScript.
    > > > I have intermediate skills with ASP and VBA.
    > > > I have advanced database skills with Access and SQL server 2000.
    > > > I have intermediate windows networking skills.
    > > > A friend of mine and I have been trying to get our MCSEs and MCDBAs

    but
    > > > haven't had the money to spend on a test network let alone the exam

    > fees.
    > > > I have also been wanting to expand my skills into Linux and PHP as

    well.
    > > >
    > > > I was hoping someone out there would have some work or know of some

    for
    > > me,
    > > > preferable something I could do from home or in Las Vegas.
    > > > I really would like to avoid moving, as I have been supporting my

    mother
    > > who
    > > > has chronic health problems, and we have a strong family presence

    here.
    > > >
    > > > Please someone out there help me!
    > > >
    > > > David Maggard
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >

    > >
    > >

    >
    >
    Consultant, Aug 5, 2003
    #8
  9. I really do understand your question, In the area I live most companies
    aren't big enough to need or afford a server admin, a graphic designer, a
    database admin, and a web site programmer. Most want a swiss army IT
    worker, and while I can do all but the graphics fairly well, if I was
    certified for MCSE and MCDBA as well as experienced, It would give me and
    edge over other applicants, and since there are so few jobs in the area I am
    hoping that it will help me get a more stable job. I feel that doing mcse
    will help me hone my skills as well as give me something to show to local
    employers.
    An no offence, but I have always found VB to be an ugly language lacking C++
    & javascripts simply beauty, I find C type syntax easier to read.
    My impression of MCSD was it was geared more towards application
    programming, which I really haven't done much of since High School, and not
    web programming which is where my strength lies.


    "Davin Mickelson" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi, David.
    > I respect your need to care for your family. That's great. Family should
    > always comes first, IMHO.
    >
    > A couple of thoughts - if you are a web developer/DB Administrator, why

    are
    > you considering becoming certified as an MCSE? Have you considered

    becoming
    > an MCSD? I mean no insult to the members of this group (some will take
    > insult anyway - that's okay), but MCSEs are becoming as popular as Ford
    > Tauruses in the US. If you don't have one yourself, you know someone else
    > who does. I don't know of any unemployed MCSDs/MCADs. However, MCSEs have

    a
    > tougher time of landing a job.
    >
    > Your skill set shows me that your definitely ready to learn and work with
    > VB.NET. Get the count of the different types of certified folks here:
    > http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/mcp/certified.asp
    >
    > You can earn an MCAD certification in VB.NET with three exams (vs. MCSE's
    > seven exams).
    >
    > If you perform a search on http://www.dice.com, you'll find no CF jobs in
    > Nevada, however, here's what I found with .NET:
    > ASP.NET Developer - Eastridge Infotech Las Vegas, NV (8-1-2003)
    > .Net Software Developers - CDI Professional Services Las Vegas, NV
    > (7-22-2003)
    > .Net Software Architect - CDI Professional Services Las Vegas, NV
    > (7-22-2003)
    > .Net Software Test Engineer - CDI Professional Services Las Vegas, NV
    > (7-22-2003)
    > VB.net Software Engineer - Eastridge Infotech Reno, NV (8-5-2003)
    > C# Apps Developer - Equities Trading - Eric Robert Associates New York, NV
    > (8-1-2003)
    > Programmer - Legacy Solutions Reno, NV (8-1-2003)
    > Network Administrator - Vecor, Inc Elko, NV (8-4-2003)
    >
    > Hey - there's an MCSE job on the end!
    >
    > Good luck to you. Skip using expensive books when you study - use MSDN and
    > Transcender practice exams. You sound like you have great programming

    skills
    > that should put toward SW development.
    >
    > This information is based purely on my opinions and you can take it or

    leave
    > it.
    >
    > Sincerely,
    > Davin Mickelson
    > MCP+SiteBuilding, MCSD(VS6), MCSD.NET
    >
    >
    >
    > "David Maggard" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Or if any of you know of any programs that would help me out while I was
    > > studying for MCSE, that would help to.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > "David Maggard" <> wrote in message
    > > news:...
    > > > Let me start by saying I really hate doing this, but I am really

    > > desperate.
    > > >
    > > > I have been a cold fusion programmer for over 4 years, but lost my job

    > in
    > > > February.
    > > > A few months later I found my current 'job', which is consultant

    (1099)
    > > > sidework, in which I get paid per project upon completion.
    > > > But when I finish my last project for them about 2 weeks ago I was

    told
    > > that
    > > > they didn't have any money in the account to pay me with, and although

    > > they
    > > > say I should be getting a check in the next few days, I worry that if

    > they
    > > > are this tight on money, whether they will be in business for long. I

    > was
    > > > barely keeping my head above water with what they were paying me. I

    live
    > > in
    > > > a small town in southwest Utah, near Las Vegas, without much IT work
    > > > locally.
    > > > I am an expert (certified) in Cold Fusion with experience mainly in
    > > > eCommerce(shopping carts and credit card processing) and self

    > replicating
    > > > websites(member sites, and email campaign tracking).
    > > > I have advanced skills with JavaScript.
    > > > I have intermediate skills with ASP and VBA.
    > > > I have advanced database skills with Access and SQL server 2000.
    > > > I have intermediate windows networking skills.
    > > > A friend of mine and I have been trying to get our MCSEs and MCDBAs

    but
    > > > haven't had the money to spend on a test network let alone the exam

    > fees.
    > > > I have also been wanting to expand my skills into Linux and PHP as

    well.
    > > >
    > > > I was hoping someone out there would have some work or know of some

    for
    > > me,
    > > > preferable something I could do from home or in Las Vegas.
    > > > I really would like to avoid moving, as I have been supporting my

    mother
    > > who
    > > > has chronic health problems, and we have a strong family presence

    here.
    > > >
    > > > Please someone out there help me!
    > > >
    > > > David Maggard
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >

    > >
    > >

    >
    >
    David Maggard, Aug 5, 2003
    #9
  10. David Maggard

    KLXrider Guest

    On Tue, 5 Aug 2003 11:23:02 -0700, "Clint Kennedy"
    <> wrote:

    >The LV area isn't the best to find work unless you know AS400s you can work
    >for the casinos and get paid a lot.


    How much is a lot? All of the contracting gig's I have done in Vegas
    were for the government, so I was wondering how much they get paid at
    the casinos.

    KLXrider, MCNGP #18
    KLXrider, Aug 5, 2003
    #10
  11. David Maggard

    Consultant Guest

    28k a year baby, oh yeah


    "KLXrider" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On Tue, 5 Aug 2003 11:23:02 -0700, "Clint Kennedy"
    > <> wrote:
    >
    > >The LV area isn't the best to find work unless you know AS400s you can

    work
    > >for the casinos and get paid a lot.

    >
    > How much is a lot? All of the contracting gig's I have done in Vegas
    > were for the government, so I was wondering how much they get paid at
    > the casinos.
    >
    > KLXrider, MCNGP #18
    Consultant, Aug 5, 2003
    #11
  12. I am currently an MCSA (two exams shy of MCSE) and have yet to see an exam
    question on web development. However, when I passed the C# exams
    (particularly the web development exam), I came across JavaScript questions.

    I wrongly assumed VB.NET would be a better fit because of your experience
    in:
    ASP (usually programmed in VBScript - perhaps you're a JScript developer)
    VBA (Visual Basic for Applications - usually applied to Office development)
    Access - a VBA application

    You know, with VB.NET (or any of the other 30+ .NET languages), we now have
    all four pillars of OOP and true multithreaded programming with garbage
    collection (automatic memory clean up). Perhaps C# or JScript.NET is right
    up your alley - syntactically the same as Java. By the way - all three
    languages are free to download from Microsoft in the .NET SDK.

    However, it seems as though you have your mind set and I respect that.
    Good luck on your quest for MCSE.

    Davin Mickelson

    "David Maggard" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I really do understand your question, In the area I live most companies
    > aren't big enough to need or afford a server admin, a graphic designer, a
    > database admin, and a web site programmer. Most want a swiss army IT
    > worker, and while I can do all but the graphics fairly well, if I was
    > certified for MCSE and MCDBA as well as experienced, It would give me and
    > edge over other applicants, and since there are so few jobs in the area I

    am
    > hoping that it will help me get a more stable job. I feel that doing mcse
    > will help me hone my skills as well as give me something to show to local
    > employers.
    > An no offence, but I have always found VB to be an ugly language lacking

    C++
    > & javascripts simply beauty, I find C type syntax easier to read.
    > My impression of MCSD was it was geared more towards application
    > programming, which I really haven't done much of since High School, and

    not
    > web programming which is where my strength lies.
    >
    >
    > "Davin Mickelson" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Hi, David.
    > > I respect your need to care for your family. That's great. Family should
    > > always comes first, IMHO.
    > >
    > > A couple of thoughts - if you are a web developer/DB Administrator, why

    > are
    > > you considering becoming certified as an MCSE? Have you considered

    > becoming
    > > an MCSD? I mean no insult to the members of this group (some will take
    > > insult anyway - that's okay), but MCSEs are becoming as popular as Ford
    > > Tauruses in the US. If you don't have one yourself, you know someone

    else
    > > who does. I don't know of any unemployed MCSDs/MCADs. However, MCSEs

    have
    > a
    > > tougher time of landing a job.
    > >
    > > Your skill set shows me that your definitely ready to learn and work

    with
    > > VB.NET. Get the count of the different types of certified folks here:
    > > http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/mcp/certified.asp
    > >
    > > You can earn an MCAD certification in VB.NET with three exams (vs.

    MCSE's
    > > seven exams).
    > >
    > > If you perform a search on http://www.dice.com, you'll find no CF jobs

    in
    > > Nevada, however, here's what I found with .NET:
    > > ASP.NET Developer - Eastridge Infotech Las Vegas, NV (8-1-2003)
    > > .Net Software Developers - CDI Professional Services Las Vegas, NV
    > > (7-22-2003)
    > > .Net Software Architect - CDI Professional Services Las Vegas, NV
    > > (7-22-2003)
    > > .Net Software Test Engineer - CDI Professional Services Las Vegas, NV
    > > (7-22-2003)
    > > VB.net Software Engineer - Eastridge Infotech Reno, NV (8-5-2003)
    > > C# Apps Developer - Equities Trading - Eric Robert Associates New York,

    NV
    > > (8-1-2003)
    > > Programmer - Legacy Solutions Reno, NV (8-1-2003)
    > > Network Administrator - Vecor, Inc Elko, NV (8-4-2003)
    > >
    > > Hey - there's an MCSE job on the end!
    > >
    > > Good luck to you. Skip using expensive books when you study - use MSDN

    and
    > > Transcender practice exams. You sound like you have great programming

    > skills
    > > that should put toward SW development.
    > >
    > > This information is based purely on my opinions and you can take it or

    > leave
    > > it.
    > >
    > > Sincerely,
    > > Davin Mickelson
    > > MCP+SiteBuilding, MCSD(VS6), MCSD.NET
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > "David Maggard" <> wrote in message
    > > news:...
    > > > Or if any of you know of any programs that would help me out while I

    was
    > > > studying for MCSE, that would help to.
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > "David Maggard" <> wrote in message
    > > > news:...
    > > > > Let me start by saying I really hate doing this, but I am really
    > > > desperate.
    > > > >
    > > > > I have been a cold fusion programmer for over 4 years, but lost my

    job
    > > in
    > > > > February.
    > > > > A few months later I found my current 'job', which is consultant

    > (1099)
    > > > > sidework, in which I get paid per project upon completion.
    > > > > But when I finish my last project for them about 2 weeks ago I was

    > told
    > > > that
    > > > > they didn't have any money in the account to pay me with, and

    although
    > > > they
    > > > > say I should be getting a check in the next few days, I worry that

    if
    > > they
    > > > > are this tight on money, whether they will be in business for long.

    I
    > > was
    > > > > barely keeping my head above water with what they were paying me. I

    > live
    > > > in
    > > > > a small town in southwest Utah, near Las Vegas, without much IT work
    > > > > locally.
    > > > > I am an expert (certified) in Cold Fusion with experience mainly in
    > > > > eCommerce(shopping carts and credit card processing) and self

    > > replicating
    > > > > websites(member sites, and email campaign tracking).
    > > > > I have advanced skills with JavaScript.
    > > > > I have intermediate skills with ASP and VBA.
    > > > > I have advanced database skills with Access and SQL server 2000.
    > > > > I have intermediate windows networking skills.
    > > > > A friend of mine and I have been trying to get our MCSEs and MCDBAs

    > but
    > > > > haven't had the money to spend on a test network let alone the exam

    > > fees.
    > > > > I have also been wanting to expand my skills into Linux and PHP as

    > well.
    > > > >
    > > > > I was hoping someone out there would have some work or know of some

    > for
    > > > me,
    > > > > preferable something I could do from home or in Las Vegas.
    > > > > I really would like to avoid moving, as I have been supporting my

    > mother
    > > > who
    > > > > has chronic health problems, and we have a strong family presence

    > here.
    > > > >
    > > > > Please someone out there help me!
    > > > >
    > > > > David Maggard
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > >
    > > >

    > >
    > >

    >
    >
    Davin Mickelson, Aug 5, 2003
    #12
  13. Yes I perfer jscript ASP, but have done some VB, including some VBA, I can
    do VB, just don't like to.
    Thats why theres chocolate and vanilla.

    I prefer CF to ASP tho, faster development, although I have been wanting to
    learn C#.

    I personally love to learn new things, but dislike doing it on a job if I
    can do it a way I already know, due to the fact of the time involved in
    learning it, I always advise clients on what I have experience in, if a
    client wants it done a different way, good for me.
    The company I have been working for was looking at doing their web based
    stuff in ASP.NET, but when we discussed that I would have to learn it, they
    opted to buy CF Server and save time.


    "Davin Mickelson" <> wrote in message
    news:%...
    > I am currently an MCSA (two exams shy of MCSE) and have yet to see an exam
    > question on web development. However, when I passed the C# exams
    > (particularly the web development exam), I came across JavaScript

    questions.
    >
    > I wrongly assumed VB.NET would be a better fit because of your experience
    > in:
    > ASP (usually programmed in VBScript - perhaps you're a JScript developer)
    > VBA (Visual Basic for Applications - usually applied to Office

    development)
    > Access - a VBA application
    >
    > You know, with VB.NET (or any of the other 30+ .NET languages), we now

    have
    > all four pillars of OOP and true multithreaded programming with garbage
    > collection (automatic memory clean up). Perhaps C# or JScript.NET is right
    > up your alley - syntactically the same as Java. By the way - all three
    > languages are free to download from Microsoft in the .NET SDK.
    >
    > However, it seems as though you have your mind set and I respect that.
    > Good luck on your quest for MCSE.
    >
    > Davin Mickelson
    >
    > "David Maggard" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > I really do understand your question, In the area I live most companies
    > > aren't big enough to need or afford a server admin, a graphic designer,

    a
    > > database admin, and a web site programmer. Most want a swiss army IT
    > > worker, and while I can do all but the graphics fairly well, if I was
    > > certified for MCSE and MCDBA as well as experienced, It would give me

    and
    > > edge over other applicants, and since there are so few jobs in the area

    I
    > am
    > > hoping that it will help me get a more stable job. I feel that doing

    mcse
    > > will help me hone my skills as well as give me something to show to

    local
    > > employers.
    > > An no offence, but I have always found VB to be an ugly language lacking

    > C++
    > > & javascripts simply beauty, I find C type syntax easier to read.
    > > My impression of MCSD was it was geared more towards application
    > > programming, which I really haven't done much of since High School, and

    > not
    > > web programming which is where my strength lies.
    > >
    > >
    > > "Davin Mickelson" <> wrote in message
    > > news:...
    > > > Hi, David.
    > > > I respect your need to care for your family. That's great. Family

    should
    > > > always comes first, IMHO.
    > > >
    > > > A couple of thoughts - if you are a web developer/DB Administrator,

    why
    > > are
    > > > you considering becoming certified as an MCSE? Have you considered

    > > becoming
    > > > an MCSD? I mean no insult to the members of this group (some will take
    > > > insult anyway - that's okay), but MCSEs are becoming as popular as

    Ford
    > > > Tauruses in the US. If you don't have one yourself, you know someone

    > else
    > > > who does. I don't know of any unemployed MCSDs/MCADs. However, MCSEs

    > have
    > > a
    > > > tougher time of landing a job.
    > > >
    > > > Your skill set shows me that your definitely ready to learn and work

    > with
    > > > VB.NET. Get the count of the different types of certified folks here:
    > > > http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/mcp/certified.asp
    > > >
    > > > You can earn an MCAD certification in VB.NET with three exams (vs.

    > MCSE's
    > > > seven exams).
    > > >
    > > > If you perform a search on http://www.dice.com, you'll find no CF jobs

    > in
    > > > Nevada, however, here's what I found with .NET:
    > > > ASP.NET Developer - Eastridge Infotech Las Vegas, NV (8-1-2003)
    > > > .Net Software Developers - CDI Professional Services Las Vegas, NV
    > > > (7-22-2003)
    > > > .Net Software Architect - CDI Professional Services Las Vegas, NV
    > > > (7-22-2003)
    > > > .Net Software Test Engineer - CDI Professional Services Las Vegas, NV
    > > > (7-22-2003)
    > > > VB.net Software Engineer - Eastridge Infotech Reno, NV (8-5-2003)
    > > > C# Apps Developer - Equities Trading - Eric Robert Associates New

    York,
    > NV
    > > > (8-1-2003)
    > > > Programmer - Legacy Solutions Reno, NV (8-1-2003)
    > > > Network Administrator - Vecor, Inc Elko, NV (8-4-2003)
    > > >
    > > > Hey - there's an MCSE job on the end!
    > > >
    > > > Good luck to you. Skip using expensive books when you study - use MSDN

    > and
    > > > Transcender practice exams. You sound like you have great programming

    > > skills
    > > > that should put toward SW development.
    > > >
    > > > This information is based purely on my opinions and you can take it or

    > > leave
    > > > it.
    > > >
    > > > Sincerely,
    > > > Davin Mickelson
    > > > MCP+SiteBuilding, MCSD(VS6), MCSD.NET
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > "David Maggard" <> wrote in message
    > > > news:...
    > > > > Or if any of you know of any programs that would help me out while I

    > was
    > > > > studying for MCSE, that would help to.
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > > "David Maggard" <> wrote in message
    > > > > news:...
    > > > > > Let me start by saying I really hate doing this, but I am really
    > > > > desperate.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > I have been a cold fusion programmer for over 4 years, but lost my

    > job
    > > > in
    > > > > > February.
    > > > > > A few months later I found my current 'job', which is consultant

    > > (1099)
    > > > > > sidework, in which I get paid per project upon completion.
    > > > > > But when I finish my last project for them about 2 weeks ago I was

    > > told
    > > > > that
    > > > > > they didn't have any money in the account to pay me with, and

    > although
    > > > > they
    > > > > > say I should be getting a check in the next few days, I worry that

    > if
    > > > they
    > > > > > are this tight on money, whether they will be in business for

    long.
    > I
    > > > was
    > > > > > barely keeping my head above water with what they were paying me.

    I
    > > live
    > > > > in
    > > > > > a small town in southwest Utah, near Las Vegas, without much IT

    work
    > > > > > locally.
    > > > > > I am an expert (certified) in Cold Fusion with experience mainly

    in
    > > > > > eCommerce(shopping carts and credit card processing) and self
    > > > replicating
    > > > > > websites(member sites, and email campaign tracking).
    > > > > > I have advanced skills with JavaScript.
    > > > > > I have intermediate skills with ASP and VBA.
    > > > > > I have advanced database skills with Access and SQL server 2000.
    > > > > > I have intermediate windows networking skills.
    > > > > > A friend of mine and I have been trying to get our MCSEs and

    MCDBAs
    > > but
    > > > > > haven't had the money to spend on a test network let alone the

    exam
    > > > fees.
    > > > > > I have also been wanting to expand my skills into Linux and PHP as

    > > well.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > I was hoping someone out there would have some work or know of

    some
    > > for
    > > > > me,
    > > > > > preferable something I could do from home or in Las Vegas.
    > > > > > I really would like to avoid moving, as I have been supporting my

    > > mother
    > > > > who
    > > > > > has chronic health problems, and we have a strong family presence

    > > here.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Please someone out there help me!
    > > > > >
    > > > > > David Maggard
    > > > > >
    > > > > >
    > > > > >
    > > > > >
    > > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > >
    > > >

    > >
    > >

    >
    >
    David Maggard, Aug 5, 2003
    #13
  14. David Maggard

    KLXrider Guest

    On Tue, 5 Aug 2003 13:35:39 -0700, "Consultant"
    <> wrote:

    >28k a year baby, oh yeah


    now, now lets give him the benefit of the doubt. That would barely
    pay my annual mortgage cost.

    My cut is about 60/hr when I do consulting work over there, so I am
    curious. I could get a whole lot of house if I sold mine in LA and
    moved to Vegas, plus no state tax. I'm willing to pay high (still
    lower then LA) sales tax and about the same property tax for a small
    cut in pay so I don't have to deal with the California governement
    anymore.

    KLXrider, MCNGP #18
    KLXrider, Aug 5, 2003
    #14
  15. David Maggard

    Consultant Guest

    i hear ya there. i say we make las vegas the official home of the mcngp and
    we can have our annual get togethers there!

    all those lovely showgirls!

    "KLXrider" <> wrote in message
    news:p...
    > On Tue, 5 Aug 2003 13:35:39 -0700, "Consultant"
    > <> wrote:
    >
    > >28k a year baby, oh yeah

    >
    > now, now lets give him the benefit of the doubt. That would barely
    > pay my annual mortgage cost.
    >
    > My cut is about 60/hr when I do consulting work over there, so I am
    > curious. I could get a whole lot of house if I sold mine in LA and
    > moved to Vegas, plus no state tax. I'm willing to pay high (still
    > lower then LA) sales tax and about the same property tax for a small
    > cut in pay so I don't have to deal with the California governement
    > anymore.
    >
    > KLXrider, MCNGP #18
    Consultant, Aug 5, 2003
    #15
  16. David Maggard

    Andy Foster Guest

    "Consultant" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > i hear ya there. i say we make las vegas the official home of the mcngp

    and
    > we can have our annual get togethers there!
    >
    > all those lovely showgirls!
    >


    Seconded
    Andy Foster, Aug 5, 2003
    #16
  17. David Maggard

    Maestro Guest

    The problem is that with the number of Californians going
    up there, it's getting to be just as bad as CA. Besides,
    hopefully the Govt issue will be taken care of in a couple
    of months.

    >-----Original Message-----
    >i hear ya there. i say we make las vegas the official

    home of the mcngp and
    >we can have our annual get togethers there!
    >
    >all those lovely showgirls!
    >
    >"KLXrider" <> wrote in message
    >news:p...
    >> On Tue, 5 Aug 2003 13:35:39 -0700, "Consultant"
    >> <> wrote:
    >>
    >> >28k a year baby, oh yeah

    >>
    >> now, now lets give him the benefit of the doubt. That

    would barely
    >> pay my annual mortgage cost.
    >>
    >> My cut is about 60/hr when I do consulting work over

    there, so I am
    >> curious. I could get a whole lot of house if I sold

    mine in LA and
    >> moved to Vegas, plus no state tax. I'm willing to pay

    high (still
    >> lower then LA) sales tax and about the same property

    tax for a small
    >> cut in pay so I don't have to deal with the California

    governement
    >> anymore.
    >>
    >> KLXrider, MCNGP #18

    >
    >
    >.
    >
    Maestro, Aug 5, 2003
    #17
  18. David Maggard

    JaR Guest

    "Maestro" <> wrote in message
    news:036d01c35b9e$c384b340$...

    > hopefully the Govt issue will be taken care of in a couple
    > of months.
    >


    Somehow I doubt that .ca.gov's woes are gonna be cured by just recalling
    Gray Davis.

    Or by the results of one election for that matter.

    J.R. Jones

    *besides, then what would my .wa.gov model it's self after?*
    JaR, Aug 5, 2003
    #18
  19. David Maggard

    KLXrider Guest

    On Tue, 5 Aug 2003 15:13:13 -0700, "Maestro" <>
    wrote:

    >hopefully the Govt issue will be taken care of in a couple
    >of months


    They would have to blow up all of Sactown and half of LA to fix the
    California governement.

    KLXrider, MCNGP #18
    KLXrider, Aug 6, 2003
    #19
  20. David Maggard

    Gary - US Guest

    Hell yes!

    --

    Semper Fi & God Bless America,

    Gary-US MCNGP #20 & retired Jarhead

    http://www.mcngp.tk
    The MCNGP Team - We're here to help
    ** Kindly Do The Needful **

    "Consultant" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > i hear ya there. i say we make las vegas the official home of the mcngp

    and
    > we can have our annual get togethers there!
    >
    > all those lovely showgirls!
    >
    > "KLXrider" <> wrote in message
    > news:p...
    > > On Tue, 5 Aug 2003 13:35:39 -0700, "Consultant"
    > > <> wrote:
    > >
    > > >28k a year baby, oh yeah

    > >
    > > now, now lets give him the benefit of the doubt. That would barely
    > > pay my annual mortgage cost.
    > >
    > > My cut is about 60/hr when I do consulting work over there, so I am
    > > curious. I could get a whole lot of house if I sold mine in LA and
    > > moved to Vegas, plus no state tax. I'm willing to pay high (still
    > > lower then LA) sales tax and about the same property tax for a small
    > > cut in pay so I don't have to deal with the California governement
    > > anymore.
    > >
    > > KLXrider, MCNGP #18

    >
    >
    Gary - US, Aug 6, 2003
    #20
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