It really depends. If you live in a country with repressed socialist tendencies in politics, and communist tendencies in morals, the gov will try to rob money from people with external signs of money. Apparently, as the main targets are the middle class, and not their cronies, the easiest way to do that is tax through the nose all car owners, in gas prices, regular "inspections", insurance, and "eco" costs.
I went to a computer security fair in 2000, and the friendly FBI guys wanted to have a chat with me just because of being in jeans and of employable age. Interestingly they started being quite nice after seeing the only contents of my suitcase, a pair of suits, a pair of shirts, underwear and a travel stream iron...
I would say they tend to be info phobic when it comes to Australia. I remember pretty well the jobs adverts being for novell well when I was using Linux for some at least a decade, and many people being into Windows 2k in the rest of the world.
My dad gave me a ZX Spectrum with a Z80A back in my 15 year-old anniversary, summer time, learned BASIC till December with books and in December started programming the darn thing in assembly. From there, learning gw-basic, pascal and C in technical school was a breeze, and learnt x86 assembly on my own. Later on did as my thesis the first ZX Spectrum emulator for Windows.