October 20th, 2004

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[User Picture] From: biggeek
Date: October 24th, 2004 - 12:33 am

Re: Back to school

Yeah, I hear that. While I definitely enjoyed the money, I valued the independence, responsibility, respect and challenges that came with Sysadmin work.

Nowadays you can remove money, independence and respect from that equation. IT work in the corporate world is now just another cost center to be minimized as much as possible.

The thing that really pushed me off of staying in IT was seeing 20/30 year veteran guru-level guys getting laid off...And struggling to get another gig at all over the past couple of years. They have the passion as well, and yet all of their experience has been devalued.

Looking at the trend, I couldn't see myself still being a Sysadmin in 10 years.

With hardware becoming such a cheap commodity, disk space becoming so cheap that users don't even bother to manage their files anymore...Disk quotas are becoming a memory...Users with gigabyte-sized mail files because they keep ever-fucking-thing...Network connectivity being considered a "free" resource akin to air...And so many companies don't even bother to consider their information infrastructure as something valuble because now it resides on a $10,000 file server and disk array instead of a $100,000 file server and disk array.

System Administration has become devalued as a result.

I'm ranting...Sorry. Leaving my Sysadmin career behind was a tough choice.

But the possibility of creating things...Real, tangible things...In a science/engineering career is a powerful draw. I doubt any of my efforts over my 10 year IT career survive to this day.

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