Had a conversation with YC last night. Two of the things that she had said and asked:
- “I study smart, not hard.”
- “How do you stand a desk job when you get so little sleep?”
I said something about being left alone in a dark little corner. Ok it was late, I didn’t articulate myself well and her MSN crapped out so our conversation didn’t so much end as got cut off. Thus behold, an idea for a post was born.
The two things that she said above are related to what I had really wanted to say about my job:
- I seldom deal with clients so being groggy from lack of sleep is ok.
- When my colleagues need my help, they give me their requests and back away slowly – a cranky systems admin is a given.
- Though mostly I’m left to my own devices because as I’ve mentioned before, when there’s no “fire” no one looks for the systems admin anyway. A good systems admin is one you never see.
- And to help me keep an eye on the systems that I’m responsible for, I’ve got all sorts of graphs and charts on my monitor and laptop (two screens baby!) that are continously updated to show me what’s up, what’s down, what’s running low/high etc. Then I’ve also set email notifications for when sh*t really hits the fan – I don’t like those.
So in conclusion, like how YC studied – I work smart, not hard. Sorta. And tea, coffee and Coke helps too. 😉
For an example of systems admins behaving badly, check this out:
BOFH: When desk lamps attack | The Register