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Linux Productivity Magazine: The Hand Me Down Linux Box

Sep 25, 2003, 02:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Litt)

[ Thanks to drew Ronerts for this link. ]

"It is the best of times, it is the worst of times.

"It's the best of times. For $500.00 you can put together a screamer computer: Athlon 2000+, 512 of DDR, 80GB disk.

"And it's the worst of times. You might not have $500.00.

"Three years ago $500.00 was a day's pay for a technologist. With job cuts, foreign competition, and H1B visas, for all too many of us, it's now a week's pay. As if that isn't bad enough, taxes and expenses have risen dramatically. Free healthcare is a distant memory. Ballooning state and local taxes more than gobble up your share of the recent federal tax cut.

"And your child needs a computer..."

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