I think this is a very relevant topic these days, so I would like to 
perpetuate it. And I will certainly show my age, incompetence, and polarity.

A lot of young people have good reason to ask where to turn for 
survival. As regards Linux, it is certainly a lot more than a network 
tool. It is a reference library.

Out here in the boonies I feel stuck listening to hillbillies on the 
right, commies on the left. and below zero temperatures with two feet of 
snow. To survive I focus on food, energy, shelter, and if I'm lucky 
enjoy digging into linux and computing deeply. Recently, learning the 
wonderful multi-platform open source (with only linux remaining) 
free-pascal free-vision programming I took a dive into learning what all 
the keyboard codes were (because they were listed as constants in a 
file). For those of us old enough to have used a typewriter, the 
computer keyboard was a big new advancement. Turns out the "scan codes" 
are created by a microcontroller from the keyboard matrix and sent by 
synchronous serial to the motherboard, which also powers the keyboard. 
That's a lot of industrial automation to be copied, and industrial 
automation is survival.

Months ago I described biofuels, biochar (black dirt), and a number of 
related efforts. Now I see the Minnesota commies want to turn off our 
electricity without a plan to replace it. And the corn and bean farmers 
are stuck in market reality again.

Every year I've looked to hire help. But I don't do social media, and 
kids just won't fight the elements. I don't know how urban economics can 
work without food, shelter, and energy skills. And without linux 
industrial automation, what do you have??

Ryan Coleman wrote:

> As an FNG I wouldn’t push for single-platform specificity. I’m a web
> developer that got into security integration for almost a decade before
> landing back in full-time IT. It’s a long road at times and I wish I was
> 10 years younger.