I am Darron, I’m 51 years old and I have aspergers (ADHD) high functioning.
I am a self taught PC technician, I had to be, there was no one around to teach this stuff in the early 90’s, I even worked professionally for 10 years as a bench technician doing diagnosis, repairs and full builds. I still do this at home on my own hardware, and friends and family PC’s, but now it’s a hobby.
I was even offered a job with the West Yorkshire police to work in their brand new computer forensics department. But to be honest, I REALLY didn’t want to look for pictures of, well, things you cannot un-see.
I am currently caring for my elderly mentally handicapped uncle, while I don’t get a huge amount of respite from this, I would like to at least prepare for my eventual return to work, hopefully a long time in the future.
I’m am considering Linux as one option, a good friend told me nearly 30 years ago that Linux was going to revolutionise the world, so learn it now! I didn’t
I wish I had.
But I’d also like to consider web development. I have a couple of friends that I don’t like bothering with problems and questions, but they both have multiple servers that they use to host small sites and commercial sites. But both of them turn down work because the customer is far too new and they really don’t know what they want, and they want these guys to do the software setup, configuration and maintenance. Which my friends don’t or won’t get paid enough to do. I don’t want load’sa money, just enough to pay for itself and a couple of beers.
So I don’t mind being the one that will host, setup, configure and maintain, (at home, I have several spare and FAST PC’s that I could use as servers, and a good 5MB upload).
I don’t mind being the one who makes the least amount of money, life isn’t about who’s the wealthiest at the end, though Jeff Bezos still hasn’t learned that lesson. It’s who’s the happiest. Though I think I could be happy if I had JB’s money.
No, I’m happiest helping people and if I can, teaching people. I also teach DJ-ing for free on a one to one basis.
So I’d like to learn Linux to make use of my own home servers, and web-dev to create custom sites for people instead of tweaking OOTB PHPbb3 or Wordpress. Sure this is probably more of what I’d do any way, but if I could create custom code, I could make a much more personalised site.
So that’s me. Getting on a bit and finding new things a bit more of a challenge than I used too, but more than willing to give it a damn good go. If I have to return to work, I’d like to be IT support within an office and do my other stuff on the side.
BTW I absolutely love the ethos of Free Code Camp. Those who can, teach! But for free, thank you. Money shouldn’t be a barrier to learning.
Sorry for the life story.
So my question is this
Where should I begin, I want to learn the essentials of hosting and security, then move on to web-development. But that’s just my thoughts.