Well put and I shall put it to use. I am 40+ with 20 in the biz, have been unemployed for about a year, lost just about everything and am scratching my head. I think the title of this article is appropriate. It's all economics. There is nothing worse than seeing a manager with a smirk on his/her face low balling you simply because they can. Plus the external expectations that you will foot the expense to keep yourself up to date on technology is a bit much too. Which one, at what cost, and how far to take it? Cops, firemen, and many other professionals get, as a benefit, some training that is required to maintain their roles, not IT. IT is not unlike the software industry; here, sign this EULA that exempts us for any liability resulting from the use of our "killer," must have app even though it was run through some code mill and subject to limited testing. Security was not a consideration, sorry. Tell that to GM. I bet the auto industry would love to be allowed to use and apply EULA's. Yes, I am a bit bitter today as I digress.