System programmers vs. administrators

From: Curt vendel <>
Date: Sat Jan 17 11:31:29 2004

Being an admin is certainly a creative task (of course it all depends on the
admin, you've got intense ones who go down the very tip of the tree levels
of admining every aspect of the system to ensure reliability, security and
stability and then the lazy admins who think an update or a request is
bothering them)...

You have to be creative an admining a server, and/or network to create an
environment that is well oiled and manageable and scalable, otherwise you
spend more time slapping band-aids and shoe strings just to keep it from
collapsing on a daily basis.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ernest" <>
To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts"
Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2004 1:17 AM
Subject: System programmers vs. administrators

> I was having a discussion with a friend earlier tonight about
> programming, and how I've never been the least bit interested in
> learning how to program -I'm convinced that I have a mental block
> against it, or something like that.
> As the discussion progressed, we decided that there are two types of
> advanced computer users -system programmers and system administrators.
> That in itself is debatable but where our discussion became bogged down
> was when we tried to decide which user was left brain, and which was
> right brain.
> We started by agreeing that programmers are artists, while the
> administrators are more scientific. But then, as we talked, we decided
> that you could make the same arguement for each side.
> So, I thought I would throw the discussion out here, and see what you
> guys think. Assuming that there really are two types of computer users
> -programmers and administrators- which side is left brain thinking, and
> which is right brain thinking?
> I pulled the following off some psycho-babble website:
> Experimentation has shown that the two different sides, or hemispheres,
> of the brain are responsible for different manners of thinking. The
> following table illustrates the differences between left-brain and
> right-brain thinking:
> Left Brain:
> Logical
> Sequential
> Rational
> Analytical
> Objective
> Looks at parts
> Right Brain:
> Random
> Intuitive
> Holistic
> Synthesizing
> Subjective
> Looks at wholes
> Most individuals have a distinct preference for one of these styles of
> thinking. Some, however, are more whole-brained and equally adept at
> both modes. In general, schools tend to favor left-brain modes of
> thinking, while downplaying the right-brain ones. Left-brain scholastic
> subjects focus on logical thinking, analysis, and accuracy.
> Right-brained subjects, on the other hand, focus on aesthetics, feeling,
> and creativity.
Received on Sat Jan 17 2004 - 11:31:29 GMT

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