It was for the government of the state in which I lived at the time. It was listed in the IT area. Essentially, the responsibility was to test and maintain computers and their webcams in transmitter sheds at the top of the tallest, most remote mountain peaks in the state. They were part of some kind of state-wide radio network, presumably for forest rangers, firefighters, BLM, and similar types of agencies.
I didn't apply because the job listing included requirements about the ability to handle strenuous hiking, previous experience camping for a week or more at altitude in winter, and various types of outdoorsy skills which I simply don't possess. All I could imagine was spending a week walking up a mountain with a couple of servers strapped to my back in deep snow. Not my scene.
And sadly, because it was a gub'mint job, it couldn't pay extra for the hardships involved.
They’re still busy in the time of COVID, though I assume the class sizes are smaller.
You see lots of creative stuff out there. Small solar powered hilltop sites. 60cm dish antennas bolted to trees.
Back in the 90s and early 2000s the theft of copper was getting pretty bad in some parts of the country/rural areas. Folks could spot an outage and guess it was due to vandals but they could never catch them. Lots of metal yards would look the other way and buy it no question asked, but it was difficult to prove folks stole it.
So they would get in a helo with a FLIR camera and cruise the country side looking for heat blooms and be in contact with the NOC for any outages popping up. They'd eventually find folks using a 55 gallon drum with a fire where they'd pull the copper over it to melt off the cover and call in the sheriff to go after them.
I stayed at the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley Junction, California. It had one of those dishes for internet service. It was mounted to the top of what looked like a super-extended flag pole.
Every time the wind picked up, it would lose alignment and the internet would go out.
Of the states I have worked in as a state employee or knew people who did, it has been mixed. Some hourly some salaried, some have both. White collar jobs (which IT would fall under) were often salaried so that may present issues in getting proper compensation for a job like you describe.
In all seriousness, I'm assuming a western one. If the BLM is involved, it's probably not an eastern one.
Honestly, that sounds like an awesome job.
I know it was a few years ago, but this actually sounds like my dream job.
Find a domain, build something useful on it, grind for a while, you have a business. He also wrote:
I Sell Onions on the Internet  - He buys the vidaliaonions.com domain and works with local onion farmers to sell them. Has been linked at least a couple times on HN.
Want to build a side business? Just buy a great Domain Name  - I like this idea because it can give you a steady stream of ideas, puts some constraints on you, and you'll probably be a lot more committed if you plunk down a few hundred or thousand dollars for a domain!
It's _something_ to hear others battle with a similar set of demons as myself. How easy it is to get in one's own way. What do I have to lose?
This guy's story reminded me of the person selling onions via the internet (vidaliaonions.com).  Turns out it's the same guy!
The thing I like about these small humble internet businesses is that they’re so close to people. Not that I’m complaining about working as an engineer on growth projects, but I often times think that each human connection / conversation is just as rewarding as the zillionth install.
So you could redirect from burrito.domain to burrito.domain/call_us_at_xyz, and from that page redirect to ubereats, which will hopefully set a referrer.
Or one could also redirect to ubereats.site/?message=Hello+Uber+Eats, which probably won't break their site, but someone will hopefully see..
I'm not sure that's beneficial overall, but it's a value-added service to MegaCorp.
Also, you said it, but the whole revolving around the wealthy thing is kind of ridiculous given they can totally fend for themselves.
Calling this a "service" would also be a hyperbole I think. It's somewhere in between.
--AppalachianTrail.com [SOLD] |
--WeBuyLand.com [SOLD] |
--Ziplines.com [SOLD] |
Thought that was interesting.
The second most popular article on the site, about carrying a firearm on the AT, can be boiled down to "the laws are complicated, here's a lawyer joke and 2 links".
Regardless of your stance on guns, an article making an honest attempt to address the question of carrying one might, just maybe, talk about the laws of each of the 14 states the trail passes through and address the question of the various federal jurisdictions the trail passes through as well. Maybe you'd also try to find some hikers who have tried to carry guns and interview them.
The food and water articles are similarly shallow. You could write a chapter or more on each.
The article on menstruation is just outright copied from another blog, with attribution, to be fair.
And there's nothing about the current COVID-19 situation.
Honestly, it's a lot of low-effort unmaintained content that doesn't add much, if anything, to what you can find with several minutes of googling. It's the kind of site that I assume is peppered with ads (or maybe affiliate links, I didn't look too hard) to make a couple of bucks.
Anybody looking for actual information about the AT would be better served by any of the following:
appalachiantrail.ORG <- The ATC
whiteblaze.net <- AT hiker forum
thetrek.co <- formerly appalachianTRIALS.com
https://adventuresinstoving.blogspot.com/ <- This is what actual niche content looks like.
If you have the time, an AT thru-hike is a wonderful, affirming, and life-changing experience. If you can’t conjure up that much time, Vermont’s Long Trail is a great hike.
If you do a long-distance hike, please write it up! I enjoyed this and the onion piece quite a bit.
Or as an investment, something to sell again in the future?
What does this mean?
I really hope this isn’t generating nonexistent job offers and accepting applications from real people.
Perhaps this was copying offers from other boards, which would be relatively harmless.