Launched in 1999, National Techies Day began as a way to educate high school students about careers and opportunities in tech, and it continues today as a way to raise awareness of the increasing demand for tech employees across the country.
To celebrate, three ShareFile engineers — Ernesto Camarones, sales engineer; Richard Ahmadi, production support engineers; and Luke Autry, software engineer for the ShareFile web app — got together to chat about all things techie (and perhaps a few things nerd).
Q: You’re all engineers, but in different areas. What are your individual roles at ShareFile?
EC: I elucidate anterior-transactional technical quandaries, predominantly involving Enterprise-level virtual environment complications.
RA: The production support engineer role is essentially a first responder for ShareFile technical disasters.
LA: I attempt to trick the web browser into behaving like a native application.
Q: How long have you worked in technology?
EC: I have been working in technology since the age of three. My dad remembers the day when I remarked, “Wow, it’s easier to solve computer problems now that I can read!”
RA: About 10 years.
LA: I’ve been getting paid to work with technology for about three and a half years — but I’ve been working with technology much longer.
Q: How many computer languages do you know?
EC: Four. Wait, do Spanish and Italian count?
Q: Mac or PC?
RA: Hello! I’m a Mac.
Q: Star Trek or Star Wars? Can you speak Klingon or Wookie?
EC: Star Trek, and nope.
RA: Star Trek. And of course I speak the intergalactic language of love: Klingon. Also, for the record, in the age-old debate of Kirk vs. Picard, I choose Picard.
LA: I don’t think it’s fair to compare the two, but if I had to pick I’d probably go with Star Trek.
Q: Have you ever dressed up in a costume on a day other than Halloween?
EM: Actually, I recently dressed up as a mime and performed trapeze on an outdoor aerial rig in downtown Raleigh.
RA: Of course. Who doesn’t pre-game Halloween?
LA: No, I dislike costumes quite a bit.
Q: How many hours per day are you on your computer? Including time at home after work.
EC: It varies. But it’s usually four to 12 hours, depending on the day.
RA: About 14 to 18 hours a day. I found Reddit and a whole new world full of cat memes, and it’s been downhill every since then for my non-computer free time.
LA: Probably 10 to 12 hours a day.
Q: Do you have any computers in pieces on your kitchen table?
EC: On the kitchen table? No.
RA: Absolutely not. I hide them.
LA: Yes, my kitchen area is unfortunately littered with components; I did a rebuild a couple months ago and haven’t gotten around to sorting things out.
Q: Did you have a calculator watch in elementary school?
EC: No. They were so ugly. But if the Apple Watch had existed when I was in elementary school, that would have been a different story.
RA: No. Fisher Price FTW!
LA: Definitely not.
Q: What cartoon character(s) did you have on your lunch box?
EC: Sonic the Hedgehog. Like Sonic, I love running.
RA: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — old school version. Not that Michael Bay junk.
LA: Mine was also Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but just one — Leonardo, I believe?
Q: Have you ever been to a band, science, chess, space and/or computer camp?
EC: Science and computer camp. The science camps in which we got to build mini racecars and model rockets were the best!
RA: I wish I went to space camp… but I’ve moved on. (Editor’s note: He has not moved on. At all.)
LA: Everything except space camp. I don’t remember that ever being an option.
Q: Have you ever stood in line for three or more hours waiting for a movie?
EC: No way.
RA: Yes. I stood in line for Star Wars like everyone else.
LA: Yeah, more than once.
Q: Have you ever criticized a movie because it “wasn’t like the book?”
RA: It never is, so why bother?
LA: Not usually. Film adaptations are just that. They’re inspired by the book, but you can’t possibly recapture the depth of a novel in a two hour film.
Q: Which Superhero would you be and why?
EC: ShareFile Man, because our product manager Pete Schulz is awesome.
RA: I am Tony Stark.
LA: Thor, I think. He’s ridiculously powerful.
Are you celebrating National Techies Day? If not, why not go out and show some appreciation for the people behind the scenes that make our lives run smoothly — which in today’s connected world is no easy feat.