And end-user who only does word-processing on a default install of Win9x with no interesting hardware should have a functional computer.
Maybe this is my way of justifying my own PC, but to be honest, it's limited to 1024x768 by its LCD display, and (at the moment, though I've only just started looking into it) it seems as if the Maestro2E can't actually grab analogue audio input with the Linux driver.
If that turns out to be the case, as a BSc (Hons) Comp Sci, Solaris consultant/admin/programmer, I should be able to fix the driver (yeah, right:) and wear my badge of honour (even link to it!) in the Linux kernel sources.
In reality, I'll just accept that I can't record my old vinyl onto CD, and live with it.
As for productivity - I've spend the whole day installing OpenBSD and FreeBSD onto my home PC. Nothing in my job spec. even mentions BSD (apart from mentioning Solaris, which has strong links). But it's experience I can take somewhere else.
As an IT pro, I don't really care about the state of my own machines, but about the state of my customers' machines. That's what I take pride in, they do exactly what I promised they would. (That's a 2-part thing: (a) only promising what can be delivered, and (b) delivering what was promised). Seeing myself as a customer for a moment, I promised myself a PC I'd have fun with, learn with and tinker with, might not be too stable, but wouldn't lose my data.
Okay, I owe myself a refund on the last one... re-installed my main laptop about a month ago to put Win98 onto it, found the backups I'd taken of the bootblock also included some of the partition table (which had been changed completely).
Still, I get that for free; if I did that for a customer, there would be huge *YOU MUST HAVE A FULL BACKUP OF ALL YOUR DATA* disclaimers in the contract. Did I back everything up when I mucked about with my own PC? Damn.
There are 10 types of people in the world:
Those who understand binary, and those who don't.
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