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    “Wanted: Young, skinny, wirey fellows not over 18. Must be expert riders willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred. Wages $25 per week.”
    —Pony Express advertisement, 1860

    “We realize the skills, intellect and personality we seek are rare, and our compensation plan reflects that. In return, we expect TOTAL AND ABSOLUTE COMMITMENT to project success—overcoming all obstacles to create applications on time and within budget.”
    —Software developer advertisement, 1995

    The stereotypical programmer is a shy young man who works in a darkened room, intensely concentrating on magical incantations that coax the computer to do his bidding. He can concentrate 12-16 hours at a time, often working through the night to realize his artistic vision. He subsists on pizza and Twinkies. When interrupted, the programming creature responds violently, hurling strings of cryptic acronyms at his interrupter—“TCP/IP, RPC, RCS, SCSI, ISA, ACM, and IEEE!” The programmer breaks his intense concentration only to attend Star Trek conventions and watch Monty Python reruns. He is sometimes regarded as an indispensable genius, sometimes as an eccentric artist. Vital information is stored in his head and his head alone.

    I dont know what your beef is, but there are a lot of people that are not that knowlegble as you apparently are.

    “A prudent question is one-half wisdom.”
    —Francis Bacon