[nycbug-talk] Hypothetical: the end of the sysadmin/systems engineer/DBA?

Isaac Levy isaac at diversaform.com
Thu Mar 25 15:23:55 EDT 2010

On Mar 25, 2010, at 10:40 AM, Matt Juszczak wrote:

>> Shared this with my colleague at work. Very interesting and as the
>> previous posted said, "spot-on".
>> Thanks,
> Can you share how the articles are "spot-on" if they both contradict each other?
> -Matt

Good question- and trying not to keep this thread from getting too hot to touch here, but I felt the arguments posed in both threads are totally relevant to other online/offline nycbug discussions:

- Where are the lines between dev/admin/user?
  - are the lines even relevant in classic UNIX culture?
- Is invention today more about being an "assembler"?
  - Who actually has control of the root of various technologies?
  - How is their stewardship holding up?
- Are shifts in control of computing applications/behaviors affecting our daily lives?
- Are these shifts even 'happening'?
- When will the robots try to come kill us?

With that, the opposing viewpoints presented were spot-on with this thread, (though I can't say I fully agree with either, as I digest the thoughts through the day [as I today fix fundamental deploy flaws in a network full of brand-name componetnts, assembled by what seem to be MCSE's]).

Over the years, this sort of abstract thread have positively informed my thinking on various topics, even if no conclusion was reached...  I'm more interested in exploration than the answer in these type of threads.
With that, my apologies for ambiguity in my initial response!

my .02¢


P.S. from the other thread:
[nycbug-talk] a new direction for NYC*BUG
On Mar 19, 2010, at 12:31 PM, George Rosamond wrote:

> Inventors in our era are more "assemblers" and do not require blue-sky budgets and endless time.  We are essentially enabling assemblers.

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