I feel like learning 6502 assembly and other low-level things about how computers work is about as close as programmers can get to "hey my skills will be useful for the apocalypse, honest"

(Maybe arguably also how to build encrypted store and forward messaging networks.)

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@cwebber @cwebber Any time I research lower-level hardware components, e.g. breadboarding, I think about something like this. And then I consider the absence of supporting infrastructure: how do I generate a suitable voltage if there is no power source, for example? Are there enough components laying around to scavenge and make useful systems, or are they too coupled with existing hardware?

In essence: my core professional skills are useless and my nurse wife likes to point that out to me. :)

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