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Are Sysadmins Really that Bad? 273 273

Posted by Cliff
from the is-there-a-b0fh-near-you dept.
tgbrittai asks: "According to Paul Boutin they are merely an obstacle to be manipulated or outmaneuvered. According to Steve Wozniak they are pimps. I've known my share of good and bad sysadmins, programmers and every other professional role out there, and I have to wonder: are sysadmins really THAT bad?" Most times sys-admins are overworked and underpaid and have to deal with users who take advantage of their local IT person, tasking them to fix systems that they callously break. Others are truly worth the name "Bastard Operators from Hell". How would you rate your sys-admin and what things did you have to do to make things run smoothly (or not)?
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Are Sysadmins Really that Bad?

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  • by grub (11606) <slashdot@grub.net> on Thursday May 10, 2007 @09:28AM (#19066175) Homepage Journal

    Are you trying to get us in trouble?! It's a damn good thing I'm a subscriber, I managed to block slashdot in our squid cache and drop it in a dns blackhole just before this story went live.

  • by OhHellWithIt (756826) on Thursday May 10, 2007 @09:34AM (#19066257) Journal
    Yes, but aren't you the only one there who reads /. anyway?
  • Yes (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 10, 2007 @09:34AM (#19066271)
    End of Thread.
  • by niceone (992278) * on Thursday May 10, 2007 @09:38AM (#19066339) Journal

    Are you trying to get us in trouble?! It's a damn good thing I'm a subscriber, I managed to block slashdot in our squid cache and drop it in a dns blackhole just before this story went live.
    You must be one of the good sysadmins. The bad sysadmins have just been yanking the cables out of the back of the routers.
  • by i.r.id10t (595143) on Thursday May 10, 2007 @09:42AM (#19066417)
    Not really..... now what was your username again?

    *clickety*

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/odds/bofh/ [theregister.co.uk]

  • by wild_berry (448019) on Thursday May 10, 2007 @09:46AM (#19066479) Journal
    Thanks for this enlightening post. You could have not done it, and I'd not have replied and wasted more of my day. But it was a favour to the entire Slashdot community. Cheers!
  • by Cyberax (705495) on Thursday May 10, 2007 @09:49AM (#19066523)
    No, really BAD admins start fire in the building to cause a complete emergency evacuation of the building. Of course, during evacuation some people (the ones who read Slashdot, by sheer coincidence) do not make it to the fire escape.

    Can't allow them to browse Slashdot from home...
  • by paladinwannabe2 (889776) on Thursday May 10, 2007 @09:52AM (#19066575)
    And he is the best Boss ever. He even reads /., which should demonstrate how cool he is. He certainly wouldn't do anything bad, like access my computer, log on to Slashdot, post an article telling the world how awesome he is, and then give me a warning to secure my computer (and change my /. password).
  • You must be one of the good sysadmins. The bad sysadmins have just been yanking the cables out of the back of the routers.

    Was that incompetent-bad, or evil-bad?

  • by cerberusss (660701) on Thursday May 10, 2007 @10:19AM (#19067007) Homepage Journal

    You must be one of the good sysadmins. The bad sysadmins have just been yanking the cables out of the back of the routers.
    Thank god I'm lucky and I have a good sysadm
    NO ROUTE TO HOST
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 10, 2007 @11:24AM (#19068139)
    But all I did was download an install this new screensaver, and now my email is acting funny. How could that be related?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 10, 2007 @11:30AM (#19068247)
    Yeah. Cause every time someone insults sysadminery, God stomps the life out of a kitten.

    MEEEEOOOOOOW!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 10, 2007 @11:38AM (#19068403)
    We're watching you and we also happen to know that a 3 phase 415V busbar runs dreadfully close to the RJ11 cable which terminates at your office desk telephone. I also recall this cable being reported as damaged (stripped bare by *accidental* friction). However the repair job is in our very long backlog queue at the moment, just after "Halon release trigger malfunctioning in Lockejaw's office".

    Please call us if you have any further queries on what we do down here in the basement.
  • Actually, those would be "brutal" sysadmins.
    A truly evil sysadmin would have root access and rootkits installed on all user's home computers already ("here, have this software for home, you'll love it") and have them all zombified under his command. ;)
  • by Chanc_Gorkon (94133) <gorkonNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Thursday May 10, 2007 @12:33PM (#19069481)
    Yes thank you for your informative post. I hope you continue to post on Slashdot even though you don't have to. ;)
  • by fishbowl (7759) on Thursday May 10, 2007 @01:25PM (#19070451)
    >they frequently take out their frustrations on us.

    Of course they do. If they open their mouth within earshot of the people actually responsible, they get shipped to Baghdad the next day.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 10, 2007 @01:26PM (#19070463)
    user: hi, i'm getting an error that says my home directory is full, can you give me more space?

    admin: no problem, give me a minute.

    user (5 mins later): uh, my home directory is empty, where did all my files go?

    admin: you said you needed more space, i made more space.
  • by dasimms (644188) on Thursday May 10, 2007 @03:07PM (#19072365)
    I love our sys-admins. They are the most competent, noble, intelligent, and good looking folks I have known or ever will know.

    May I have more space in my home directory now, please?

  • by JelloJoe (977764) on Thursday May 10, 2007 @04:38PM (#19074105)
    Developers only need sysadmins to do the mundane tasks that they have no time or want to do. Developers can do all that a sysadmin can do and more. The frustrating thing is waiting around for a sysadmin to have time to do something for the developer that the developer could just do themselves if the corporation didn't have stupid rules in place
  • by myowntrueself (607117) on Thursday May 10, 2007 @05:26PM (#19074939)
    The bad sysadmins have just been yanking the cables out of the back of the routers.

    PHB: Can you fix our routers so that employees can't visit useless websites?
    Dogbert: I can do better than that, I can make it so they can't do anything useless at all.
    PHB: Really? How soon can you set that up?
    Dogbert: (rips the cables out of the router) Done. I've seen your business plan.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 11, 2007 @12:24AM (#19078943)
    Are you sure, because it could be one of these:
    E-Commerce Center (Verticle Net), Early Childhood Center, Earth Central Command, East Coast Crip (gang), Eastern Catholic Churches (informal), Ecclesiastes (Book of the Bible), Echo Canceller Controller, Echostar Communications Corporation, Economic Coordination Committee (Pakistan Government), Edge Card Control, Edison Community College, Edmonds Community College, Education Coordinating Council, Educational Capacity Committee, Educational Cultural Complex, Effects Coordination Cell, El Camino College, El Centro College, Elections Canvassing Commission, Electrical Connectivity Check, Electrochemical Concentration Cell (ozonesonde), Electronic Camera Coverage, Electronic Climate Control (Volvo), Electronic Commerce Committee, Electronic Communications Committee, Electronic Computer Crime, Electronic Construction Cost, Electronic Control Code (US Army), Electronic Core Collection, Electronically Controlled Coupling (ITS), Electronics Casualty Control, Elgin Community College, Elizabethtown Community College, Elliptic Curve Cryptography (encryption), Embedded Communication Channel (SDH), Embedded Control Channel, Emergency Cardiac Care, Emergency Cardiovascular Care, Emergency Command Center, Emergency Communications Center, Emergency Control Center, Emergency Control Circuit, Emergency Coordination Center, Emergency Core Cooling/Coolant, Empire Club of Canada, Employee Compensation Commission, End of Current Contract, Endocervical Curettage (Ob/Gyn), Enduring Command Center, Energy Control Center, Engine Control Console, Engineered Cementitious Composites, Engineering and Construction Contract, Engineering Casualty Control, Engineering Change Control, Engineering Contracting Company (Dubai, UAE), Engineering Control Center, Engineering Coordinating Committee, engineering coordination cell (US DoD), English China Clay, English Constitutional Convention (England), English Conversation Club, Enhanced Call Completion (ITS), Enhanced Command Console (Raytheon), Enter Cable Change, Enterprise Command Center (Dell), Environmental Compliance Certificate, Environmental Compliance Certificate (legal term, Philippines), Episcopal Church Center, Equipment Category Code, Equity Cost of Capital, Erie Community College (Buffalo, NY, USA), ERP Central Component, Error Character Count, Error Checking and Correction, Error Control Coding, Error Correcting Circuit, Error Correcting Code (memory), Error Correction and Control, Escherichia Coli Counts, Essential Combat Configuration, Essex Community College (New Jersey), Estimated Construction Cost, Eurasian Communist Countries, European Chamber of Commerce, European Coaster Club, European Cruise Council, European Currency Community, Evacuation Control Center (Marine Corps), Everett Community College, Evil Con Carne (cartoon), Evolution Control Committee (band), Exchange Carrier Code, Exchange Coupled Composite, Excitation Contraction Coupling, Executive Communications Center, Executive Credit Code, Exemption Coordinating Cell, Exercise Control Center, EXFOR Coordinating Committee, EXFOR Coordination Cell, Expansion Control Card, Experiment Control Center, Expiration of Current Contract (USMC), Explosive Containment Cubicle, External Cardiac Compression.
    But don't take my word for it. A reading rainbow, a reading rainbow!

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