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January 25, 2003

Also Reading

The attentive ones will notice that the "Currently Reading" book has changed. I also added a "Books Read in 2003" popup window. (And a battle status box...)

I'm trying to encourage myself to get from where I am to where I want to be... There are so many things that I want to know. There's so much I want to achieve. And none of it is easy.

I have a deep interest in computers. I love this stuff. I'm on a computer all day and then I come home and I'm either online all night or reading about it all night. And it takes that kind of effort to move forward.

The computer field constantly changes and the pace of development is fast and furious. It takes effort to keep up. It takes tremendous effort to move ahead.

Many users bemoan and resist any upgrades that require new skills. It took a long time and a lot of effort to learn how to do their job with the current system. And now you want to upgrade their system and make them learn new stuff all over! But, of course, they want the latest and greatest the market has to offer (gives us the "edge"...). They just don't want to learn anything to get that new stuff.

I want users to know - "I feel your pain." Actually, I want them to know that I feel it DEEPER. For every new system on your desktop that you have to learn, we have to learn the *entire infrastructure*... For the new computer you have with its shiny new operating system, we have to learn an entire network and how it interoperates with the old network and how to transition smoothly. We're not just shoving our new toys at you so we can play with something new. We're working hard to give you the best that the market has to offer.

I'm not griping about my chosen career field. I'm hoping that perhaps those on the user level will see such efforts and be inspired to do their part to keep up with the changes. It's hard enough to lead the way...and it becomes even harder to lead while carrying a bunch of users on your shoulder who are kicking and screaming to be left in the dark ages.

Anyway... that's not what I meant to write about...

I managed to get Solaris 9 installed on the SPARCstation 10. And I found a *wonderful* beginner's book on the system:


I'm on Module 3 already. And, yes, I'm reading modules of this book in between the Security books I'm reading for the Security Design test. The book is excellent and the intended audience just happens to be MS and Linux administrators who want to learn Solaris. Sweet!

It not only explains things, but also gives you exercises to show you how to do things on the system. (And how to find out more about the system)

My goal for today is: Get to Module 4 in the Solaris book and finish the Little Black Book.

I have a number of books on my shelves that I want to read. With all that I'm reading for certification, I don't get much time to read this other stuff. So I'm going to try to put it in the schedule so I can squeeze in just a little bit more.

I hope I don't wear my eyes out.

Posted by BlueWolf on January 25, 2003 12:46 PM