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But also, what seems to be largely forgotten in the comments is the application and interview process itself. Applying for positions that are out of your league may seem a waste of effort but if you stumble across a company who is looking more for enthusiasm than absolute raw skill, although doesn't mention it, then you could be wild-carded an interview.
It's all about how you put yourself across and selling the fact that you learnt by yourself and the proof is the First at the end.
To me, a company simply looking for 'raw skill' is not a company I want as my first employer anyway.
Recently, though (in just my area, bah), they've started to throttle download speeds during 'peak times', granted only as a test basis, but still. If you download something at full speed for a given period (very short period), download speeds goes from 1.1MB/sec to ~400kB/sec. Not ALL bad, but when you have an 8gig game to download (CnC3), it gets a little annoying.
When is this 'peak time' you may ask? That would be from 4pm to 12am. In other words, most of the time I spend on the goddamn internet.