People and Ops

I'm a master's student at Rochester Institute of Technology. Someday, it's likely that I'll graduate. I'm excited to write a post about that someday, especially because I think the people who may read this site would find the project aspect particularly interesting.

Anyways, back in 2011 I wrote a personal statement as part of my application package. Squeezing out the mushy details of my past projects and employers, leaves this:

At the end of the day, it is my belief that system administration is about bringing people together.

System Administrators are the maintainers of spaces that exist only physically by way of printed circuit boards, integrated circuits and interconnected copper and glass. The gap between states, nations, continents, cultures, and even space are now almost purely a matter of one's interest in bridging the distance between two points. The responsibility of maintaining this virtual space is not one to be taken lightly. People depend on the networks we create and maintain for a range of seemingly petty and very important (life or death) reasons. It is no longer practical or reasonable to be okay with "good enough" system administration.

[...] While technologically impressive, all these networks and architectures exist for a bigger reason.

I'm not quite sure what the point of posting this is, other than to remember the human aspect of what we do.