[Chugalug] Simple Advice .. Plugging It Up

Dave Brockman dave at brockmans.com
Fri Mar 15 03:13:40 UTC 2013


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On 3/14/2013 9:09 PM, Mike Robinson wrote:
> Computer technology is, actually, profoundly difficult.  Still.

And if you're in the business, it's not just the computers... hell,
they are the easy side of the equation these days.  Lots o cores and
lots o ram, and I'll take the 250W power supplies please.

Oh, now add your hypervisor.  Your Guest OSes.  Your Network.  Your
Storage.  Your Storage Network.  And you have to be fairly intimate
with all of those, because they all play together, and if any part(s)
aren't playing nicely, your users are blowing up your phone.

> If "we're good at it," it's because we have a knack for
> anticipating and working-within the (still) extreme strictures of
> the ... machine.  It's surely an acquired taste.

Something like that... there is a (mostly simple) logic that we "get"
that seems lost on the other segment of the population.  Then there
are the truly rare ones, we are blessed with several on this very
list, the ones who can take scraps of documentation, completely
foreign technology, and nothing but a known end result "success" code,
and make it happen.  I've actually been accused of much worse :)

Regards,

dtb

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