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some facility with a command line, including the ability to move files, create directories, and compile and run programs, is part of my definition of advanced computer literacy.
I have 6 monitors in front of me right now. One has email, one has browsers, one has my development server, one has my work diary and status and the other is reserved for specifications that I need to reference. It's nice to not have to put a window in the background so that you can see your reference stuff and your work stuff at the same time.
My son told me that the concept of the slide rule was pretty cool and the nice thing is that it would continue to work after an EMP attack.
Sure. And a "real" math person should know how to use a slide rule. The old ways are always the best -- for those who once invested a lot of time learning the old ways.
You guys didn't use PDP-9s, ELFs, KIMs and PDP-15s or IBM 360s?
Most of the quantitative analysts and programmers I know, including people in their thirties, use the command line a lot and are comfortable with it.
A lot of math and computer science folks also use LaTeX for document preparation.
Strategically, one can be fully capable of understanding what could be done with technology and how it could enhance a company's processes or products, without having to actually know how to do the specific programming. There's a concept called being a visionary. I visualize things all the time and then have other people (whether internally or externally) put all the small pieces together. It's more important that I have the vision than that I have the technical skills. They can be bought at a far lower price.
I do think the dual setups you refer to are cool -- I just saw one in a coworker's office. My IT guy whose hourly rate is 1/5 of mine will get right on it. :-)