Late last year I did a three-week stint backfilling at a company for an AIX systems admin who was taking a well-earned break. It was a simple deal: I visited the office twice a week for a couple of hours, cleared off any calls in the support queue, and made sure there was nothing too exciting happening on the system. Fortunately for me the admin kept the environment very stable, so “business as usual” became “boring as usual,” which is just how I like it. Because it ...

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