If the gantries show time in UTC, the cars probably should too.
Having said that - I see no reason why, in single player practice, you'd want to see any other time zone than your own. And I can't say I've ever been to a race track and noticed a non-local time on display.
EDIT - I'm sure there are a whole boatload of kernel improvements over 7 / 8, but the UI leaves me cold. I hate the inconsistency between the fact each "bit" has a settings section, but then control panel seems to contain most of it anyway and works better. And that theres a whole bunch of crap you can't (easily) turn off.
I would say develop software and work with off the shelf tools.
E.G. I write software, work with databases, use some off the shelf reporting tools, develop deployment infrastructure (installers etc) and even work with GIS products (maps). Regrettably also some testing in there. I work for a smaller company, so a lot less specialization - so I also sometimes drive vans, meet people, act as 1st, 2nd and 3rd line support etc.
I have a very good degree. My colleague has a crap one, and is better than me and gets paid more. Many other developers have no qualifications at all.
I also think that the thought process of development & debugging are highly transferable - but now I'm waffling.
Obviously - I'm not suggesting what I do is for everyone. But don't be afraid of something like coding.
Dealer level (mark specific) diagnostic equipment is in a whole nother league compared to a standard OBD reader.
My car shows live, wheel independent speeds as determined from the ABS sensors. If one sensor goes bad, you might not get any kind of warning on the dash and no error on any kind of basic OBD reader. But using the right equipment you would.
I don't see whats wrong with a quad core CPU, or why you'd want to downgrade to a dual core - but there aren't really any CPU's that are significantly faster to warrant spending the money on.
The fastest 775 CPU was the QX9770 which is around 70% faster (in multithreaded benchmarks). The fastest dual core (E8600) is around 15% slower (but it was a multithreaded benchmark).
70% faster sounds good - but investing money in a dead socket and paying over the odds for an outdated socket is literally a complete waste of money. The next upgrade will always involve a new motherboard, and most likely new RAM as well. You might as well save your money.