Back in the day - a whopping 15 years ago - I wanted to use the machines and not just a terminal. Above all I wanted to use the Internet from a Graphics Console.
I managed to get a job in the lab at the university and shifted from engineering to computer science. I wasnt as interested in the low level workings and concentrated on operations, eventually landing a position outside as a Sysadmin where I learned 8 flavors of UNIX in as many months.
fast forward 15 years
I can build or buy a blazing Solaris box for a grand. If I want I can install any number of linux flavors onto it. I can even *shudder* install windows. I have broadband to my house, a SunUltra10 with Sol9 as server, a U60 waiting in the wings, a few more U10's about to go on line, a handful of mixscelaneous PCs and 3 Mac G3's.
The thing that drew me to Sysadmin was being able to play with the big iron. That is now attainable at home. What is left?
I think I will become a carpenter.