I've always love reading jwz stuff, and it's not because we both have the same first and last initials.
I think I still enjoy writing software, usually. But what I end up spending almost all of my time doing is sysadmin crap. I hate it. I have always hated it. Always. If you made a Venn diagram, there would be two non-overlapping circles, one of which was labeled, "Times when I am truly happy" and the other of which was labeled, "Times when I am logged in as root, holding a cable, or have the case open."
Posted by jzawodn at October 04, 2002 01:00 AM
The challenge is to make as much of the sysadmin crap look like writing software! :-)
Sometimes sysadmin nonsense is nice because it can have more instant gratification than writing software. But I mostly agree. When I need to open the case or handle a screwdriver it's always bad news for my mood.
I have a slightly similiar problem. The worst parts for my mood are debugging something that the developer should have before he gave it to me -- after which I find it very relaxing to open a case and swap out some RAM, remove a hard drive, maybe a CPU or two, and then return the system to the developer ;-)
I enjoy sysadmin (can't explain why) unless it's on a Windows system. That seems like a total waste of my time because it never get's better.
That's really a waste of anyone's time..