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In Search Of (Iso): Mentor/teacher/guide

« on: February 17, 2014, 12:03:42 PM »
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    I hope this is an acceptable post.  Perhaps it is a futile effort but I will make it nonetheless.  I am seeking a teacher/coach/guide/mentor; some smart successful genius to take pity and push me into the right path.

    My goal is to become proficient in programming enough to make apps and such that will hopefully, eventually become a viable trade for me.  I need some guidance, someone interested in helping "an old dog learn new tricks".  I have been inspired by the news articles about the homeless man in NY and I am hoping/praying I can follow this example into some work at home options that will become viable.  I am not homeless, I am not as young as that man, but I am not stupid, just directionless and "lost" so to speak.

    I am thinking that working my way up to building a rom for my samsung galaxy proclaim sch-s720c would be a good project to get some serious experience.

    I already have a computer (of sorts), an old desktop with Windows xp SP3, AMD Athlon 1800 1.5ghz processor, 1 gb ram and 150gb hd.  I also have (very) sporadic access to a dual boot quad core 2ghz pentium laptop with 3gb ram, 150gb drive space on the windows 7 side and 150gb space on the linux mint side.

    I have JDK7 and eclipse loaded on both units and will be downloading the additional modules and updates to keep them both relevant.

    If you think you can coach me into success and are willing to spare a few minutes a day for a season to try to teach an old mongrel such as myself  "how to fish" (metaphorically), I would be grateful.

    ABOUT ME (Warning, long, boring, mundane):


    U.S. Citizen, service connected disabled veteran (injured in the line of duty in military service, but peace time injuries).  My pension barely covers my auto payment and my straight talk bill so I do whatever odd jobs I can to make ends meet.

    I took programming classes back in the late 90's, c, c++, basic, cobol, and even assembly . . . . and then promptly forgot virtually everything as I veered into computer repairs because that's where I could find short term work.

    Unfortunately I also suffer from PTSD and my social skills are less refined than most computers. Combine my poor social skills with the erratic economic situations and I don't maintain successful employment, ever.

    I am good at figuring things out, fixing things mechanically that I am unfamiliar with, and with coming up unusual but often uniquely viable solutions to logical problems.  I have always hated math but I have always been good at any math to which I applied myself, even better with word problems, given the resources to find the basic formulas for the various aspects of the issue (internet, math books).

    I am a visual person.  In learning languages (computer and human) I benefit immensely from seeing the examples, tracing the code/words, studying the syntax/grammar.

    As a hobby, I have been repairing and tuning pianos for over 20 years (for my wife, churches, etc.), and have made a little money doing work for piano technicians, usually in their shops, but with my pathetically poor social skills, I will never be able to sell myself as a good technician.  I would do much better with something I can do at home, behind a screen, without having to face people in person.

    I do great on the phone when I don't have to look someone in the face (as long as it's not a job interview), and can usually quickly find a solution to most problems I face and find I am inexperienced in that area (thank G*d for the internet), and even on voip (skype/google chat/etc) as long as I don't have to have a picture up where people can see me.  But, interview me for a job, via phone and I will usually ruin it in less than 5 minutes with something stupid such as my mind going blank on a simple question, give me an in person interview (or video interview) and I will usually leave with the interviewers wondering if I am having withdrawals from something (nerves, shaking).

    I have done a bit of graphics design in my time and found that I am good at copying, modifying, and even improving existing designs but I suck at creating things from scratch when it is a paid project. (I can come up with some creative designs on my own as long as there is no pressure)

    So, if you are still reading, are a successful developer, know what it takes to become a successful developer, have the technical skills and patience and believe you can guide me in the right direction, I would love to have someone willing to coach me and whip me into shape.
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