The tech job market out here is not great at the moment. There were a lot of layoffs that were publicized in 2008, and companies like Microsoft took some flak for it. They've smartened up and have been slowly downgrading their workforce (basically laying off or firing people, then hiring replacements on contract at lower prices). From personal experience, this has been Microsoft and another company that I worked at.
This has a left a LOT of people unemployed. I've been unemployed for about two months now, and I've gotten a couple of bites, but nothing that's panned out. It's extremely competitive and even with a top-notch resume you may not get a second look
Don't just take my word for it, though. Look at this article from The Stranger (http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2013/12/03/new-study-pegs-washington-state-living-wage-at-1604-to-3046-an-hour?fb_action_ids=10201031928110151&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582):
"in Washington State, there are 22 job seekers for every job opening that would pay a living wage to a one-worker, four-person household, according to the report."
It doesn't help that the real estate market is insane. Apparently everyone who lives here is expected to be a Microsoft VP if you don't want non-ghetto housing.
I wish you luck.
Windows 8 isn't a walled garden. It has a walled garden, but you get a choice. I haven't heard anything that says that you have to release applications through the Windows app store or else it won't run on Windows 8
Look, great on expanding the platforms you're on (I commend putting Steam on Linux), but I'm pretty amazed at the complete lie being told about Windows 8. It makes you look like, well, a liar. Steam is going to do just fine on Windows 8. I'm on Windows 8 now and except for a hiccup with one game, I've had no problems.
I would imagine this is what the parent meant:
Windows 8/7/Vista Explorer: Petition: Please allow us to disable auto refresh / auto sorting and auto arrange
Keep in mind that if you no longer want to give Sony money, you'll have to stop buying/using a number of products.
Beyond Playstation, this includes Blu-ray, movies (Sony owns Columbia Tristar Motion Picture Group, Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia, Columbia Films Producciones Espanolas, Columbia Pictures Producciones Mexico), music (Columbia/Epic Label Group, American Recordings, Columbia Records, Epic Records, Roc Nation, Star Time International, RCA/JIVE Label Group, Arista Records, Battery Records Black Seal, J Records, Jive Records, LaFace Records, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, Verity Gospel Music Group, Volcano Entertainment, Provident Label Group, Beach Street Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Reunion Records, Sony Music Commercial Music Group, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, RCA Red Seal, RCA Victor, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Day 1, Sony Music Latin, Sony Music Nashville, Arista Nashville, BNA Records, Columbia Nashville, RCA Nashville, Music Choice Video and Mustic Network, Sony/ATV Music Publishing).
Sony's Wikipedia page has a pretty comprehensive list of companies and technologies that they've created.
I'm not saying it's impossible, but you have to really think about what you buy. It's pretty easy for me not to buy a PS3 considering I'm an Xbox fanboy, but the movies and music gets a little harder.
With all that said, fuck Sony.