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About NY-Computer-Engineer

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    Woodworking, metal working (incl. welding). Electronic and computer logic hobby design. I also like repairing my own cars.

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  1. NY-Computer-Engineer

    For Those Who Didn't Pass

    I feel for anyone that didn't get this horrendous test behind them - I was somehow blessed on this one. I must say thought that it was definitely the most 'grueling' test I've ever taken, and I've taken a lot - some with good results and some not. My list includes: GRE (good, but I only need a good math score to get into a Computer MS program), GMAT (marginal, qualifying me for a 'low end' business school), CISSP (very good, but it was not that challenging since I had many years in the field as a consultant), PMP (felt unprepared at the last minute so I didn't show up for the tests and never tried again), and recently FE/PE (much more difficult that I would have ever imagined but somehow passed - I should not have waited 25-years to start those). I have learned however, by staying focused on my objective that anything is possible. In addition to my PE and CISSP, I've earned a Masters in Computer Science (with honors), and my MBA. As the metaphoric song 'I Hope You Dance' (by Lee Ann Womack) speaks the important message that people should always put yourself out there and never hesitate to try for a dream, I focus and push hard. I will soon go back to the PMP exam just to 'kick it in the ass' .
  2. NY-Computer-Engineer

    New Jersey License Numbers Out

    Consider yourselves lucky - compared to what we across the river in New York are going through. It been more than 8-weeks since the scores have been released by NCEES and only about 25% of the licenses have been issued. When I called them yesterday to inquire further, they claimed that they only got the upload from NCEES three weeks ago. To quote a line Mary Steenburgen had in the original version of the movie 'Time after Time' (1979) - "A bigger crock of shit I never heard!" By the way, in the movie 'Back to the Future III' (1990), she used similar words with Doc when he tried to say he was a time traveler - " I've heard some whoppers? in my time but that tops them all." I guess the girl attracts time travelers than decided they have too much baggage, huh.
  3. NY-Computer-Engineer

    New York License Watch April 2018

    I agree - they've put us to shame. It hits me even harder since I work for 'another' State agency.
  4. NY-Computer-Engineer

    I "need" my NY License number

    Unfortunately our Legislature and Governor fully support everything the State workers do, and how they do it - at least those that are experts in shrugging work - since they (and their families) are guaranteed votes for the Party in power.
  5. NY-Computer-Engineer

    New York License Watch April 2018

    Thanks, that is very much appreciated, however I have experience with those !@#$%. As A matter of fact, unfortunately I work for one of the 'other' State agencies - one that make the State legitimate money by offering a competitive service We have to just 'grin' and wait. Today when I called I was actually "embarrassed" by not have drilled the person I was talking to a 'New One' (those of you reading this who are not in New York, please pardon the expression).' Even when I got home and told my wife how I reacted - Not- she was shocked, and she is a pacifist.
  6. NY-Computer-Engineer

    New York License Watch April 2018

    It is definitely NOT being done alphabetically. Here is the output of a python program that I created which monitors the site every day: I also gave them a call this morning to ask why after 8 weeks I still do not see myself listed and they said it has only been three weeks - since they don't start the clock until they get the NCEES upload of our scores, and that was three weeks ago. I am glad I called though, since they brought up my file on their screen and took a look to see if anything was holding my application up. They asked me a few questions, including: Did I file a form explaining any criminal convictions? Do I already have a PE license in another State? Has there been ANY New York State license complaints filed on me for ANY other licenses I may have? Is my Drivers license scheduled to expire within the next 4-months? After I answered no to all that, I was told that my license is "in the queue", and that I should see my number assigned within the next two to three weeks, followed by receiving my two certificates two to three weeks after that. I did try asking where I was in the "queue", but they would not tell me since that would imply that they move applications around within the "queue." Further, the said my order in the "queue" is determined by when my scores actually arrived on their computer system. Before hitting the 'Submit Reply' button on this thread message, I logged into my home computer and ran it for today. As of 1:20pm EDT, not additional licenses (beyond what is shown in my table above) have been issued
  7. NY-Computer-Engineer

    I "need" my NY License number

    I can't believe it - the issuing of the license numbers in New York continues to drag on Today makes 8-weeks since we were notified of passing the PE exam. The New York Office of Professions had stated that we would get our numbers issued in 6 to 8 weeks. So I decided to call them and find out if there is a problem. I was asked a few questions as they brought up my file, then I was told that they see no problems, and that I am in the "queue." I asked if there is anything that can slow it down and they said the only thing was that they have not run the criminal background check on my Driver's license (a 2-minute process for a State agency), and if that is clean (which it is) I should see my number within he next three weeks. They would not tell me where I am in the queue however, saying that could lead to favoritism. Oh one other thing, apparently the Website was changed the other day from 6 to 8 weeks to just 8 weeks. The person I spoke to on the phone also said the clock does NOT start for them until NCEES uploads our scores - which apparently took place only three weeks ago.
  8. I believe this may be one of those things that differs in some ways from State to State. I know in New York the preference is that your direct Supervisor sign the form, to the extent that an additional write-up needs to be attached by the applicant explaining 'exactly' why the Supervisor could not sign it. Also, in New York, the person signing the form does NOT need to be PE. This was especially helpful for me since there are very few PE's in Computer Engineering country-wide.
  9. NY-Computer-Engineer

    PE Certificate Frame w/Pencil

    Wow, that's beautiful - I'm soooo jealous. Maybe someday soon I will get my parchment certificate and I can get that done too. I hope the Michael's in New York can do the job as well as that.
  10. NY-Computer-Engineer

    Working Father who Signed up for PE CIvil Transpo

    I came up with the last step of guessing with the least used back in the late 90s, when I preparing to take my CISSP (Information Security) Certification exam. About a year before that test I just happened to be teamed-up for a security presentation series with a person who was involved in the process of creating that exam, and he mentioned how they actually had a software program that produced the final version of each test. That the program endeavored to make an even split (as much as possible based on the that test being 250 questions) of all the answers for a particular test just prior to generating the internally encrypted answer keys (since there were multiple answer keys for each test to reduce copying from the persons taking the exam nearby - determined by specific values in the test serial numbers), which the scoring computer later used after reading/scoring the Scantron cards. The reason they did that was to prevent someone from getting more that 20% correct (since that test had five choices per question) by simply guessing all the same letter. Anyway, he convinced me, so I have used that guessing philosophy with multiple choice tests, when there is no penalty for a wrong answer, ever since.
  11. NY-Computer-Engineer

    Which Pencil to use...

    Well, I saw mention about proctors trying to collect the pencils on a another thread, so I decided to update everyone on my experience. I agree that it was great they sent me three replacements, however I think I'm still emotionally attached to the one I used during the test - we went through a lot together. Once I get my wall parchment I plan on having it professionally frames along with one of these pencils. At his moment I'm leaning toward the one with a more heavily used eraser since that is closer to what mine went through I'm not sure what I will do with the other two, but once I learn the complete list all my co-workers that passed that exam, I plan on setting up get-together, and maybe one of them could grab theirs as they left. The third one may go up on eBay.
  12. NY-Computer-Engineer

    I'm still celebrating

    I would not argue with anybody that says I should seek psychotherapy - I've told myself that.
  13. NY-Computer-Engineer

    Get approved for P.E. exam

    Will do. However you need to know they are all State workers. Promotions rarely go to anyone who is NOT the most senior in a group/team (unless that person has been 'Black Listed' because they spoke up too much), the most senior jobs are filled by 'political appointees', and they only get fired if they bring a weapon to work, they fail to show up for work beyond two straight days without permission, or if the are convicted of a Felony and their department head finds out about it (AND unless they have a role that requires a periodic background check (very few do), or they have insufficient vacation/sick days available to serve any sentenced time, they can actually avoid that information getting to management). Therefore, you can guess what sort of work-ethic that breeds.
  14. NY-Computer-Engineer

    Which Pencil to use...

    You are quite welcome Marine
  15. NY-Computer-Engineer

    Which Pencil to use...

    Yeah, that is the clicker. I found it a little confusing to use and I accidentally hit it more than once when I did not intend to do so.