* 16 years, Milwaukee area
* 2-year degree, mostly self-taught
* Full-stack dev and consultant
* Mainly Microsoft stack — C#, T-SQL, ASP.NET
* Mostly gig work, project-specific, 2-month — 3-year gigs, ~15 overall

* Mostly, no perks at all
* Starting salary (in 2004) was $28k/$22k (gross/net)
* Since 2010, around $65k-90k/$50k-65k
* Often unemployed for months between gigs

* Last 2 years, voluntarily unemployed, living in EU
* Moving to Linux
* Burnt out (?)

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