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Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Being a System Admin, I Learned from Superman

Apr 05, 2010, 18:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)

"A few days ago, a copy of Action Comics No. 1 sold for about $1.5 million. What makes a 72-year old comic worth seven figures? More importantly, what can system administrators learn from a guy who's been wearing tights and a cape for more than seventy years?

"It's easy to mock Superman, but few characters have had as much cultural impact as Superman. If you doubt the cultural impact of Superman over other superheroes, consider that the Man of Steel has an entry in the Oxford English Dictionary, while Batman and others do not. Not to mention more than seven decades of comics, radio series, books, films, and TV shows.

"In all that mythos, some things have remained constant and the core character has remained largely unchanged. Supes is the archetypical modern superhero, and even though Clark Kent isn't part of the Daily Planet admin staff, our hero has a lot of lessons for the system admin set."

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