Ryan was once your average computer nerd
with no set mission in life. Now he's an
accomplished computer nerd with fame and
fortune a mere mouse-click away.
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I'm a trainee at the moment as a Computer Network Technician and doing
maintenance. I'm also helping run a Cyber Cafe at the same time as the
office for the Switch server. I'm doing various courses and fixing computers
when we get them in and also handling people's problems with Internet
connections at home, if they have problems or difficulties connecting
to us. Plus there's playing games with anyone who comes in and decides
to have a couple of rounds of games. We've got all sorts, real-time
strategy, action games - shoot 'em up, really violent ones anyway!
We get all sorts of people coming in here. The tourists come in off
the buses, do what they have to do and then leave. After school and
on the weekends, we get the local kids and even adults coming in to
play games for a couple of hours.
The tourists come in and they pay per ten minutes which is basically
about $6.00 an hour, which they say is pretty cheap compared to a lot
of other places around Australia. For the tourists it's the email and
the internet. For locals with their net connection at home we offer
computer maintenance, technical support - the whole works. And we handle
sales as well.
There are quite a few games to choose from. They all use really high-res
graphics, better than anywhere else that I know, top of the range games
graphics, all very fast. Games nowadays are fast, so you've got to move
The games I like best are 'Quake 3', which is a pretty popular one at
the moment, uses high graphics - very violent though. There are some
we don't let young kids play, like 'King Pin', which is a street game,
a lot of swearing and carrying on in it.
Then you've got your more basic bird's-eye view of commanding bases
and tanks and forming armies and trying to wipe out your enemy's base.
We've got team based games where you're positioned and each team has
a base at either end of the arena or area and you've got to try and
penetrate the enemy's base plus the defence and get their flag and take
it back to yours to get points without dying. We've also got racing
We're in a good location here because tourists see us as soon as they
get off the bus. It's fairly steady during the day but later on during
the night when the buses come in, they flood through.
We've been open for a good six weeks now. There are two full time workers
and one casual. We're open from about 10:00 in the morning till midnight.
I'll be doing this for a few years because it involves an IT course,
which means running off to Alice, Darwin and Canberra. I'm doing a Microsoft
Certification exam soon in Canberra.
After all that, when I've got it all and I get sick of this place, I'll
be heading off to Uni. I'll be doing the same thing there, becoming
a Computer Technician Network Engineer.
Computers are increasing in numbers and use as they get better they
can do more things, so they take over other things. If you've got a
good understanding of computers then you won't have a problem finding
somewhere where you can use that. If kids want to get into computers,
get a bit of on-site training, there are always people looking out for
those with a knack for computers, at any level, like programming, graphics,
technical work, networking, the whole lot.
So there's plenty to choose from.