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On 4 Nov 2002, cfowler wrote:
> No that is not what I believe we meant. Use some of your spare time to
> learn new technologies for your own benefit. If it helps the company
> then good if not then you have more knowledge when you need a new job
Sod the company :)
> My point is that I feel if you have the desire to learn then you have
> the deisre to solve problems. You have a "fire" that can not be put
> out. For me Computers is a career and a hobby that is who I look for.
For me it's a *ponder*, hobby seems the wrong word but so does career.
It's something I do, it's nice that someone actually pays me to do it, but
I'd be coding regardless.
> To me solving problems feeds me. I solve problems with code.
Amen. Though often it's not so much solving problems as understanding
> IMHO the future of System Administration has changed from "RTFM" to
> "RTFS". M = Manual and S = Source. I do what most people want with
> OpenSource code. If it does not meet my needs, I make it meet my needs.
This is a poor view in my opinion. I get a lot of RTFS crap just because I
could read it. Just because something is open source, it doesn't mean it
shouldn't have a nice manual, or docs, or articles etc. Being open source
is a different thing for me, not a way of learning something but a way of
knowing I'm not dependent on, or limited by someone else.
> I'm tracking off course here. I don't look at spending spare time
> working on certs as a high thing to do. If it comes down to me needing
> to do that one day then I'll certainly enjoy it. I feel I get much more
> experience from digging with the guys in the trenches. Certs allow you
> to read about trench digging then test your knowledge on that ability.
No cert will ever give me anything but an eye in the door. Possibly if I
went to some classes I'd build up contacts there, but that's too pricey.