I know of a particular microwave propagation simulation software that only has full support under Windows. It's possible to send the compute work to a Linux system, but all of the visualization and modeling portion is Windows only.
Fuck, if I were in charge after the 3rd snooze was up a big middle finger would fill the screen and say "Fuck you, you lazy piece of fucking shit. This is a message from Bill fucking Gates: Get a fucking ipad and use gmail you sorry excuse for a human being." and the computer would lock itself until updates were completed.
And what about long running software? If someone is running a simulation that takes 2 weeks, do you think it's acceptable to reboot the computer on them forcefully after 13 days?
And yet here you are. I'll go out on a limb and guess that you ended up getting that higher education and a well-paying job in the tech sector despite all this.
Actually, no. I never got my higher education, primarily for financial reasons. I have a good tech job though. That is because of all the time and effort I spent on my own to learn all this stuff. All the information I learned from is freely out there - anyone with the motivation can do it themselves. Years ago, only the privileged had access to computers. Now you can get a barebones brand new system for a couple of hundred dollars, or a used system for even less.
If you ask me, it's in poor taste to complain about this issue as a white guy.
If not a white guy, who is supposed to be the one complaining about white guys being excluded from all the special programs?
the kind of person who thinks there is not any inequality in access to education to begin with
There is definitely inequality in the system, but it goes both ways. As a white male born to middle income parents, I was not eligble for the vast majority of scholarships I seeked. Despite having good grades in honors/AP classes and getting a very high SAT score, I got squat.
Why? It's because so many of the scholarships were specialized to various minority groups and to females. Things like this are why I personally have a problem with education programs targetting specific groups. Equality means equality, or at least it should.
I've historically had difficulties with colors on the computer, with bright yellow and bright green being well on indistinguishable. (Whch is hell for those computer games where you're matching up yellow items and green items under a time limit.) I also have a hard time telling the difference between black text and red text on projected slides. (Annoying when presenters "highlight" text by changing the color to red.) Those annoyances were actually the reason why I insisted I get a decent color vision test - there was a series of things where I complained that certain colors were indistinguishable, and people around me looked like I grew another head, saying that the difference was patently obvious.
So, yes, it is completely possible to be unaware of being colorblind, even despite having regular eye exams.
The issues you experienced with colors show that being completely unaware seems unlikely. Maybe someone who is very shy and never mentioned their difficulty with certain things might not find out it wasn't "normal" though.
real used market developing
There are over 20k used iphones for sale on ebay right now, nevermind all the other various android devices.
I think there's a world market for about five computers. -- attr. Thomas J. Watson (Chairman of the Board, IBM), 1943