[Chugalug] Simple Advice .. Plugging It Up

Eric Wolf ebwolf at gmail.com
Fri Mar 15 05:52:11 UTC 2013


I argue that being "good at" computers is not "getting" logic or a knack at
anticipating what the computer does...

Being "good at" computers  simply means you have a high tolerance for
frustration.

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Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734




On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 9:13 PM, Dave Brockman <dave at brockmans.com> wrote:

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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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