I just woke up, sweaty and terrified. I just dreamt– and I am not kidding here– I was a system adminstrator back at AITGOC, and I had wildly mis-configured the servers such that the network is jammed, TPS packets were overflowing, the database is incorrectly formatted in MyISAM instead of InnoDB, and four months of tape backups are lost, due to a typo in an ini file. We were in the machine room, JLG and Gecko working furiously to undo the damage, alternating turning around to wipe their brow and to scream profanity at me.
Two gentle observations.
- That “TPS packets” do not in fact exist evinces the fiction of my dream. More so, it reveals I do not even know enough as a system adminsitrator to conjure a proper nightmare.
- System adminstration brands the souls of men with a curious well-formed mark.