"3. Automation - The 4 syllable bane of every system
administrator: Automation. Automating repetitive and time-consuming
tasks makes good business sense and frees you up for higher level
accomplishments. Don't fear automation; embrace it. Automate using
shell scripts (because obviously you're using Linux or Unix), perl,
python, php, or some other higher-level language. Just about
anything you do at the command line can be automated."