"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.
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