1. You know what a hex dump is. 2. You have a bookcase full of software manuals, hardware manuals, operating systems, PC video basics, Troubleshooting PCs, etc. 3. You've tried to break into a secure operating system like VMS. 4. You took an assembly language course and made an A. 5. You read the ACM Journal, the MSJ Journal, well, how about just PC Magazine?. 6. Your friend comes over with pirate software which states the disc drive will be erased if you load it and you tell him, "that's Ok, I can reload everything, let's try it". 7. You have the Windows XP Technical Reference Manual and actually read it. 8. You frequently lock up a sophisticated op. sys like Windows XP by running aberrant software you've written. 9. You've caused at least one serious problem before like messing up a disc drive, burning a circuit board, or destroying an entire database by messin' with the b-trees directly. 10. They no longer want you in software development.