Novice sysadmins

Miles Fidelman mfidelman at meetinghouse.net
Tue Dec 5 19:23:41 CST 2017


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On 12/5/17 11:40 AM, Sam Oduor wrote:
> Subject of interest; my 15 years experience I met a blend of senior admins
> while learning the curves ......
>
> 1. Those who denied you knowledge/handover due to insecurity
>
> 2. Those who fed you with knowledge but were rude and could make you feel
> like you undergoing some military training
>
> 3. Those who gave you manuals and told you go and read; hardcopy was a
> common thing - I could deliberately stay back in the office and print a
> whole library :-)
>
> 4. The rare breed that walked you through sysadmins !
>
>
> Right now it seems the tables have turned around; I already feel I have
> come to the end of the road as sysadmin but on a lighter note - I have been
> working hard on passing knowledge down and this are the new blend of people
> I have met.
>
> 1. Those willing to learn are very obedient but for some reason not up to
> the task
>
> 2. Those who know everything you try to teach them; are kinda rude and they
> bring down systems - lab systems
>
> 3. Those who commit to be taught but never show up for free lessons despite
> offering them free lunch :-)
>
> 4. A rare young  breed that teaches me mobile apps and new games online -
> the 90's champs !
>
> 5. A rare breed that goes the extra mile; sacrifice time and money to learn
> !
>
>
> I love 4 & 5 !
>
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> On Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 7:54 PM, Grant Taylor via NANOG <nanog at nanog.org>
> wrote:
>
>> On 12/05/2017 09:17 AM, Harald Koch wrote:
>>
>>> Thirty years ago I started my sysadmin journey on an Internet that was
>>> filled with helpful, experienced people that were willing to share their
>>> knowledge.
>>>
>> The vast majority of what I've experienced in the last ~20 years has been
>> people willing to help others who are trying to help themselves.
>>
>> If you are trying, make an honest mistake, and are willing to correct it
>> when others politely let you know, you will quite likely find people
>> willing to help you.  Especially if you return the favor in kind.
>>
>> If you are being a hooligan and not responding to problems reported to you
>> or purposefully ~> wantonly doing things to others ... good luck.
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> Grant. . . .
>> unix || die
>>
>>
>

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