Ciro Santilli
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A computer is a highly layered system, and so you have to decide which layers you are the most interested in studying.
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It must also be said that like in any industry, certain layers are hidden in commercial secrecy mysteries making it harder to actually learn them.
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But as you climb down into the abyss of low level hardcoreness, don't forget that making usefulness is more important than being hardcore: Figure 72. "xkcd 378: Real Programmers.".
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Figure 72. xkcd 378: Real Programmers. Source.
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Video 145. "How low can you go" video by Ciro Santilli. Source. In this infamous video Ciro has summarized the computer hierarchy.
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