Hi. Just wondering what level of expertise everyone on this forum consider themselves to be. As for me, I am a born again mac newbie. I've used systems 6 and 7 back in the day, but then went peecee. Now I am back and using OSX..
i know a lot more about design aesthetics/ theory/art etc. etc. then i do know about the tech side. im trying my best to learn about the tech side cause it would make my job as a graphic artist a lot easier from that level. this is why i throw a lot of questions to the mac techs on here. this helps me. i only wish i could help them.
I know enough to support 250+ Mac users at work as well as my home network (see signature below.. the list just keeps growing and growing and growing). I also support about 30 peecee's at work.
I am the lead tech at the site I work at (near where I live). The other tech comes to me many times for answers to questions that I consider to be common knowledge, at least for me it is.
I've been using Mac's since 1988 (was on peecee's before I knew better). I went out and picked up OS 9 the very first day it was available, the same for the public beta of OS X. Once OS X hit official release, I reconfigured my systems to take advantage of it. I am now up to the latest (10.1.3) and love it. I don't know too much UNIX code yet, but with the way OS X has been built, you can get away (easily) without it. I know some people love that part, which makes OS X all the better.
To answer the question of the original post, I consider myself to be an expert in both hardware and software when it comes to the Mac. I am the recognized PowerBook guru for both of our Mass locations. I also know the desktops quite well. The tech's in Boston often call me for ideas to help fix the Mac's over there.
I'm a more recent convert to the Mac side of things.
I started out building my own PCs a few years ago, which gives me a solid background in hardware. While the platforms are different, they do share many common components. About three years ago I started working in multimedia with Director on a beige G3 system. It was then that I started to appreciate the Mac OS and hardware. I'm now the head technician for a langauge lab at San Diego State University. I oversee about 100 machines (not as much as AlphaTech ), split half and half between Macs and PCs. I learned a great deal about OS 9, but I consider myself to be more conversant with X. I've been using it as my default OS since its initial release, and I love getting under the hood with the Terminal.
I use Macs for design, mostly web, so I'm familiar with that, and I also run our OS X Server, so I'm familiar with a lot of the networking aspects too.
Personally with OS9 I'm there. I can get around anything and have it do whatever I want. Unfortunately I havent been able to take the plunge yet. I'm still using my 6500 which cannot support OSX. I'm waiting for MWNY to get a new computer since I think DDR and a faster bus will be out. So much for G5 but at least I wont be getting a 1st rev. So as soon as I possibly can I will be going to OSX, I just hope the shipping time for whatever is released isnt too long cause I've been holding out for some time with my crappy student budget.
I would say Im a pretty ardent member of the Apple coommunity. I have a TiBook and a G4 tower. The tower still runs OS9 (been too lazy to switch it over--it needs a cleaning/overhaul first) but the Laptop runs OSX like a beauty. I use Cinema4D for my 3D animation major, and OSX is fun, clean, stable, and durable. I dont know **** about unix programming, nor do I care. All I know is that OSX WORKS. I have to admit though, its no fun if you dont have applications to use it with! But now that Photoshop is out, I would guess that people will move more quickly to X.
I was afraid at first, but now that Ive switched--Im telling you---OS9 looks clunky, dated, and boring.
I have consistantly outperformed Apple IS&T's tech support.
My mother is a "suit" at Apple. she recently switched to a G4 as a telecommute machine. I was consistantly able to predict problems about 2 analyses (analisees??? how the hell .......never mind) ahead of her in-house tech.
I can do this in OS 9 or X. I am NOT a Unix geek but am adapting quickly.
I've been a Mac user for a very, very long time and have setup and run many macs over the years. I still remember writing programs for the Apple II and IIGS and getting my first Mac. That has given me a lot of Classic Mac OS experience (as well as hardware experience).
I also went to school for CS and learned almost exclusively on Sun Solaris machines (some Linux at school). I also ran Linux along side Mac OS for many years (three) and did a lot of the Linux geek stuff (built my own kernels, tried porting and compiling some Lintel software for LinuxPPC, etc). So I have had a ton of experience setting up, running, maintaining and programming for Unix systems as well.
That is what makes OS X so appealing to me: the best of both worlds!! Now all of my programs written for Unix over the years will compile under OS X and I can configure my system as a Unix junky would. Plus I get all of the benifits of a Mac OS system.