-> Compare that with other product areas where technology or
-> styling make things obsolete so quickly.
Most of the equipment in my machine shop is older than I am; a 1954
lathe, a 1950 mill, a 1941 mill (with a War Department plate!), another
lathe of uncertain vintage, probably around 1915. Most of the engines I
work on are 20 years old or more.
It is nice to work with stuff that, if I simply locked the door and
didn't get back to it for a year or two, it would still all work and be
useful. In the fast-forward world of a WAN manager and application
programmer, even a one-week vacation would make me feel like Rip Van
Right now I'm supporting myself building racing engines and just
keeping a toe in the computer world. I hate Microsoft Windows. I hate
Windows programs. But that's okay; I was a computer geek before there
was Windows, and if I wait a few years, it'll go away. Meanwhile I'll
fiddle with microcontroller stuff for the car.
As the infamous Dilbert cartoon put it:
Wally: "The beard, the suspenders, the superior expression... you must
be one of those Unix guys."
Old Guy: "Here's a nickel, kid. Buy yourself a real operating system."
I've got a secret / I've been hiding / under my skin / | Who are you?
my heart is human / my blood is boiling / my brain IBM | who, who?