looking for a sys admin

Merrill Oveson moveson at gmail.com
Thu Dec 10 13:48:27 MST 2009


Most of the time, people get treated as disposable assets.

On Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 1:45 PM, Sasha Pachev <sasha at asksasha.com> wrote:

> >I am self trained in Free Software and
> > Open Source products.
>
> So am I.  I knew nothing about Linux other than that it was some weird
> operating system until I was done with my schooling (BYU CS program).
>
> That is the nature of the beast. To succeed you have to be
> self-trainable because you will see a new type of challenge on a daily
> basis, and you will have to do some on the spot learning to solve it.
>
> If you are struggling with open source products, I think it is a
> mistake to attribute the difficulties to the lack of schooling in the
> area. Instead, I would look into something deeper, possibly of a
> learning habit/psychological nature. How comfortable are you when
> thrown into the midst of a new problem and being told to figure it
> out? If you are not, then I would focus on developing the confidence
> that with the help of man, README/docs, Google, logs, gdb, strace,
> pstack, snort/tcpdump/ethreal and other friends you will be able to
> figure it out even initially you seem to have hopelessly no clue.
>
> You also need a little bit of "what the heck" quality that permits you
> to reason in an unstructured environment full of surprises in such a
> way that when you see a surprise you get excited and shout for joy
> even if (or maybe especially if) the surprise is something most people
> would consider unpleasant such as a coredump, kernel panic, compiler
> error, deleted file,  trashed disk, bad RAM, or fried motherboard.
>
> I do agree, though, that people are important and should be nurtured
> rather than treated as a disposable asset.
>
> --
> Sasha Pachev
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> http://asksasha.com
>
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