Old programmers don't have to work. We're "consultants", sitting on the beach, collecting big fat fees for making the occasional modification to legacy code written in some obscure language. The best is, har har, when they hire us to document the code....we throw in so much bullshit into the docs that only a brother in our secret order can decode it. Do you remember Y2K? Yeah, that was us! The year 2038 problem is also going to be a big money-maker, even moreso than the pile of IPv4 space we're sitting on. Of course, it doesn't work out as well for all who enter the field. I see some old VMS programmers begging for beer money and looking for scraps of VT102's in Maynard...tough for them. Others have moved on to new careers, such as real estate agents, journalists, or porn stars, I know one feller that leveraged his way into being a big-city bus-driver, and pulls in just as much doing that as he did slinging bits at Wang, but for a lot less effort.