[rescue] Personal progressions (was: what to do with a dec alpha 255)

Andrew Weiss ajwdsp at cloud9.net
Sat Jun 9 00:43:19 CDT 2007

On May 31, 2007, at 4:20 PM, Geoffrey S. Mendelson wrote:

> As I answered the other post on this, it depends upon where you are. I
> know plenty of Linux sysadmins who could not get jobs or had to take
> jobs for $1500 a month HERE, while Windows sysadmins were making twice
> that.
> It's starting to change, I recently saw a posting for THREE "top"  
> Linux
> C/C++ programers for over $100k a year, something even unheard of  
> during
> the peak of the "bubble". That's in the north, here in Jerusalem
> salaries are half that or less.

I think this is both dependent on inherent skill level and also  
geographic area/market.

I am currently "officially" a Windows admin.  I am not, however, a  
Windows admin in my personal life, nor am I one in my own personal  
goals.  The smarter people who choose one OS or another tend to keep  
their jobs.  It really is a matter of pride in what one does and  
adaptability to one's known toolset.  I would say that even though I  
am an AIX guy through and through I have the most experience and know- 
how in Windows (it is that easy).  In terms of what I am hired to do,  
I am a Windows admin right now.  A lot of brilliant people who  
maintain jobs with longevity just happen to have their priorities  
focused on Windows.  As with any field there are a broad spectrum of  
people.  There are those who are hobbyists turned professionals and  
there are those who see it as a means to an end (retirement and  
income).  I am very thankful that I am surrounded by Windows guys who  
aren't idiots.  (rarity to the extreme)

I basically see it as a win if I am always immersed in technology and  
I am seen as the chief problem solver in whatever I choose to do.

My apologies in advance if this rambles too much.... Pyrat rum is good.


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