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  • We can tell several things from your journal entry.
    1. You don't know any good sysadmins. When you say "for some reason, admins seem to have a particular approach to life, that being to take an approach of doing things with the least amount of work possible. And BOFHs do this aggresively (with a good dash of misogeny thrown in)" you miss the point that most of a sysadmin's job is tedious and easily automatable, and so it *should* be automated away. This isn't because he's lazy and wants to sit back and do
    • Your claim that developers want to solve problems in the widest most generic way possible just ain't true. Developers work to deadlines and to customer requirements.

      Indeed, and they are compromises from the ideal.

      You seem to think that sysadmins don't plan ahead. A good sysadmin is *not* thrown into a panic when hardware fails. A good sysadmin *knows* that the hardware is out to get him, and will have automatic failover configured (and tested!) or will have plans to temporarily restore service elsewhere. Good sysadmins care about Mean Time To Recovery.

      Of course they do. My point is that in regards to their technical work, admin's lives are primarily exception based. The reality of devices that ultimately rely on quantum mechanics and probability to keep working.

      You think you can speak for me.

      Yes. It's my rant and I don't do it very often, so I'll on those rare occasions I'll speak for whoever I bloody well like.

      Oh and I should point out that your proposal for a Test::Platform::Client::VMware module breaks one of your own rules for being a good developer. It is insufficiently generalised. Surely you should have Test::Platform::Client::VirtualMachine

      A Test::Platform::Client is a virtual machine.