The Top Ten Reasons To Be A Network
by Reno Laskey
too often this site tends to become a wash of end-user negativity. Granted
many of us derive much humor from it... never the less its negativity over
our jobs. Talking to network admins sometimes you'd start to get the feeling
that surely a communist dictator placed us in these horrid jobs and forced
us to suffer a lifetime of end-user dribble. Or that surely the dimension we
live in is populated by total and complete idiots that are so stupid as to
believe they don't work for a money making corporation but instead must be
exhibits at the zoo, and we are the zoo watchmen type people or whatever
they are "officially" called. Or the idea that being a network
administrator is just too demanding for the average human being, and surely genetically
engineered aliens and Indians must be brought in to handle these jobs.
Now I'm not
saying any of that is a falsehood. Certainly I do feel to be in a certain
dimension apart from that of my end-users, I've come to the conclusion that
I must not be human but instead part of some government conspiracy to raise
individuals capable of building and designing such complex torture machines
(PC's, networks, enterprise apps, db apps, etc.. etc...) as to enslave
humanity forever thus serving the goals of our Orion Belt masters, as my
next door neighbor would believe. But the point of this article isn't
to focus on that aspect of the job. What I intend to present to you here is
why you would WANT to be a network administrator in the first place. So now
presenting live to you and yours is the Top Ten Reasons to be a Network
Administrator not necessarily presented in any particular order.
10. Hundreds of LED lights, the sound of dozens of
fans, in a cold room is very relaxing.
9. It pays better than most jobs.
8. If you like to play with stuff that plugs into a
wall this job is definitely for you.
7. It's about as close as you will get to being the
chief engineer on Star Trek in this decade.
6. If your a video game junkie being a network
admin can be a nice side job. :)
5. Become part of an unofficial international Chinese
4. Have access to more free porn than any human
being ought to be allowed.
3. Get paid to browse the internet all day long in
the interest of hmm......research....or education...or whatever. :)
2. Get firsthand psychology/sociology
training/experience as a BONUS.
1. The thrill of the network crashing, everyone in
the company looking to you for the answer, then some hours later fixing the
company wide problem and becoming the HERO of the day. Quite arguably also
the most stressful thing a network admin can go through but at the same time
the pressure, challenge of the situation can be quite invigorating. :)