RE: My most important intellectual and career move was taking a Boeing COBOL/IMS course in 1982 for $2,100.
That would cost about $4800 today using this inflation calculator:
RE: the first programming job right out of school was just under $7 an hour.
You never mentioned the year. But if you plug that year and value in to the above inflation calculator, you’d get the rate today.
It was 1983. It would be about $15 today, based on whatever formula they are using, which may be bogus. It is saying things have just over doubled. But I was only paying $.85 for gas then, but a crappy PC would have cost about $4,500.