Linux Journal: Network Administration Thermodynamics

“In the human network, administrators struggle to understand
those they serve (managers and users) and live at peace in their
network. At times, it becomes necessary to expand administrators’
universe of hardware and software to include the sciences of
thermodynamics and chemistry to increase their powers of

“Network administrators have to hone their compression skills if
they hope to live with the state of constant flux that exists in IT
departments. Compression skills allow administrators to collect
large amounts of information, compress it and extract what is
required to solve a problem. Compression also enables the
administrator to use other people’s knowledge and experiences to
solve problems they themselves have. Notice the common theme?
Problem solving.

“A valuable aid to compression is classifying. I have developed
three categories using my limited knowledge of physics and
chemistry to classify the many masters that administrators are
required to serve. The three categories are endothermic users,
exothermic users and toxic users…”


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