March 15, 2004

Network Administration Thermodynamics

A method for labelling users before you invest all your energy in them.

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 survival.

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.


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