However its only become that way because of Microsoft.
There was a time when you did have to learn some particularly dense symbolism just to make your computer go 'beep', and in reality nothing much has changed. Cutting edge problems in computing still require mathematics out of the reach of the average person - its actually got little to do with a desire to fiddle.
Microsoft somehow managed to redefine computing to mean checking email and similar domestic tasks and provide the desktop experience for it so there isnt a demand any more.
An entire generation grew up geeking out on those old systems just like I did though, and used the experience to build what we have today, so I'm a little sad that you're so dismissive of anyone actually learning how to use a computer and not just Windows or at least a GUI.
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