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Hello I just made an account here.

I too am a big fan of software.
I have used Linux, primarily Ubuntu on and off over the years. I've always wanted to contribute to opensource but different factors (confidence, exposure, timing, mental health) held me back. I've been coding (in a real language) since '02 at Uni and since '05 professionally in Jamaica. I now reside in PA in a city where coders are rare so I'm trying to change that.

Someone on qoto.org was asking for more info on the suggestion that's done here. I mentioned that I had the most interactions here and said that suggestion likely led to that.
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@dalevross Ahoy! Its a nice place here. It has a friendly small town vibe (without the drama).

@cavaliertusky Somewhat like the city I'm in. I'm wondering if it's too small for setting up a Code For America instance to effect some change. Anyone else here from Lansdowne, PA? 😆

@dalevross I've never even heard of that town, but that is the perfect case to set up Code for America!

@cavaliertusky I think this expresses a very common sentiment
"The borough is sometimes erroneously spelled "Landsdowne" or confused with Lansdale, in nearby Montgomery County." So small it's almost like we don't exist.

@dalevross @cavaliertusky Do you mean the the Lansdowne,Pa between Weet Chester,PA and Philly?

@PaulFranz @cavaliertusky Possibly. I don't know if there's another one and my geography is whack! 😂

@dalevross @cavaliertusky what is your zip? That would tell us. The reason I ask is that Valley Forge is know for its tech. I have worked in Bala Cynwyd and King Of Prussia. Both are near Philly and it is definitely not a coding desert.

@PaulFranz 19050. Based on the recruiter emails I get, it just feels like opportunities are >50mins on average. Even my searches rarely bring up anything popping close by.

@dalevross that is weird. Because SAP is in Newtown Square around 30 minutes from you. Kimg Of Prussia is a little further. Now I agree that where you are not 15 minutes from good coding jobs. But short of living in a major city that ain’t going to happen. I love near Reading. The closest coding job is probably a 20 minute drive and that would be because Boscovs has its HQ in Reading.

@PaulFranz Now that I'm a bit more active I'll do a better search. I took a 3 year break and have just been back at it for around 2 months. I'm working remotely now as an independent contractor, but I want to be prepared for any eventuality. I've heard about SAP but I can't say I knew much about their stack etc so I'll check them out.

I did say the city though :).

@dalevross
Hi Dale, welcome to Fosstodon!

What language are you coding in?

I'm not a programmer myself, just an end user.

@normandc I've used a number over the years starting with C. Currently C# primarily for back-end and trying to improve on the frontend.
I need to push myself but this covers my history somewhat..
registry.jsonresume.org/dalevr

@dalevross welcome! Enjoy the ride, we're all a little mad here 🤪

@Mundon While I know what you mean, I can guarantee you I won't have a problem.
medium.com/@dalevross/i-am-ok-

There's some religious ideation included but the major point is I'm not quite sane myself. No offense intended to my similarly inclined peers. Not as religious now but it's all still true.

@dalevross Hey, welcome! It's a nice corner of the network, here. Enjoy it! :)

@dalevross Welcome! I've never learned to code, but would like to when I can find the time. The most that I've gotten figured out was HTML in the 80's, so.

As far as contributing to FOSS, it just have to be coding. There are plenty of other things to do that can help a project out.

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