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Humor: Know your System Administrator

The joke on this page was obtained from the FSF's email archives of the GNU Project:

There are four major species of Unix sysad:
1.The TECHNICAL THUG. Usually a systems programmer who has been forced into system administration; writes scripts in a polyglot of the Bourne shell, sed, C, awk, perl, and APL.

2.The ADMINISTRATIVE FASCIST. Usually a retentive drone (or rarely, a harridan ex-secretary) who has been forced into system administration.

3.The MANIAC. Usually an aging cracker who discovered that neither the Mossad nor Cuba are willing to pay a living wage for computer espionage. Fell into system administration; occasionally approaches major competitors with indesp schemes.

4.The IDIOT. Usually a cretin, morpohodite, or old COBOL programmer selected to be the system administrator by a committee of cretins, morphodites, and old COBOL programmers.
HOW TO IDENTIFY YOUR SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR:

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  • Daniel J. Doughty March 18, 2008, 12:40 am

    Thanks, that made me laugh out loud for 5 minutes. I posted about my favorite section of the joke at

    Not sure, I know how to properly do this trackback thing yet, so if I did it wrong, sorry.