I spent a good part of my 30 year career writing database and application software for automotive, real estate, insurance, bank marketing (S&Ls), financial planning, and some dot.com companies. Most of this was back in the days when we didn't have the internet, computers were expensive, and there were huge opportunities for a guy like me to analyze manual business processes and design computer applications for them. At the time, the projects were considered real cutting edge technology. Today, it's just stuff we all take for granted (budgets, marketing forecasts, production scheduling, statistical analysis, commission acounting for sales people, investment portfolio analysis, exception reporting, hypotheticals, graphs and charts, etc). But I'm getting too old to work 100 hour weeks while consuming junk food and energy drinks. So I stopped all software development 6 years ago and switched careers. I am now a purchasing manager for an industrial supply house in Phoenix, which I love because I finally have a life! I actually have weekends off to have fun like they were intended to be! As for investments, I am stymied by a market that appears to be hijacked by hedge funds, hi frequency trading, low trading volumes, and the Fed pumping billions of dollars with this crazy QE unlimited. This is clearly not a market for amateurs, or Main street investors.