I thought the idea of this was to provide broadband for remote communities.
But, like affordable housing units, they will be last and least on the list.
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ISTR that while Dell did indeed install Linux on its machines it only used to do it on the pretty much lowest spec one in the range..
I've never had any trouble installing Linux on one that they'd charged me for Windows on - though getting the correct drivers was sometimes a bit googly.
That being said I've had nothing to do with them for many years - apart from occasionally finding my 386 Dell laptop and booting that up into the Linux on it. If only the machines they made now were as reliable!
I have worked for managers who claim they dont need to know what it is they are managing. Fortunately knowing what you are working with means you can keep control of the bits that that can save your arse. If you know something is going to fuck up get it in writing date post the email or whatever where you informed said manager it would fuckup. HR tend to get on your side with that kind of evidence. Any manager who thinks they can manage something they haven't got a clue about is almost certainly an utter twat and you can normally run rings round them but its important to have evidence.
Learning any programming language is a worthwhile endeavour. You may never write a line of code in it in anger but it will make whatever language you may write in easier so long as you dont get all proprietary. Remember a bad programmer always blames the language but when it boils down to it its all just machine code!
I must confess that when I had to wait 20 minutes for something to compile I'd often thought of a better way of doing it, I could say that was because I was learning at the same time as doing - but I'm still doing that now 45 years or so after having written my first line of basic on paper to be taken away by the computer club leader who then took it 20 miles to the nearest available computer.
People tend, like electricity, to take the path of least resistance. Its definitely not the best way to get power to where you want it. Sometimes that extra compile time takes the pressure off your brain and lets it do something the computer cant. I've seen people hammer out hundreds of lines of code a day that impresses the boss and prevents them breathing down their neck all the time but it was often re-engineered later. You may not be in that category but I'd advise you to at least enjoy the chance of a chill out.
And I dare say a charcoal sketch on a piece of stone by Picasso will likely fetch more than you or I will earn in a lifetime! And letting the paint dry makes it less likely to smudge and become useless.
I dont recall any problems with 16 bit operators in odd places - but the assembler should sort that as an option anyway. I used a CP/M 68K machine for doing some programming learning and it whupped Intel for ease of coding. I would put money on the wrapper and coding checks you had to put in to ensure you didnt wander over segment boundaries wasted far more storage and even a weeks coding on a PC would come up with so many peculiar happenings - code you thought was solid for months would fall over so you'd trace your new code for hours - that a lot more ram would be cheaper.
I learned a huge amount of defensive programming on the PC which has helped me in many ways but the joy of Linux and even the pre-release version of NT in the early 90s were game changers. I'd used unixes on 68000s for chip design work and they had been very stable but I'd not coded on them - largely because I was afraid of crashing them and they did disk checks on reboot! It turns out I probably could have and not worried!
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