[Linux4christians] Feeling overwhelmed...
david at fierbaugh.org
Fri Jun 16 08:33:12 EDT 2006
On Friday 16 June 2006 03:50, jasonite at comcast.net wrote:
> I enjoy different aspects of networking (what I'm doing now), but I wonder
> if I should go ahead now and switch to development while I still can (at
> the age of 27). It just feels like networking is going to eventually fade
> away as things become more automated. A lot of people see security as the
> new hot job, but one glance at my ex-boss' ReadyARM appliance and I can't
> help but think that old fashioned hacking is sooner or later going to go
> the way of the dinosaur as well.
Realize that while you may see and hear about companies that are doing things
that make what others are doing seem outdated; they are the exception to the
rule. I still get consulting calls for companies that are running Win98 and
have dial-up. The bell curve on technology adoption is HUGE, and heavily
tilted towards the slow end (contrary to what marketing firms will tell you.)
I recently went to a small company, that had about 10 computers, each with a
dial up connection over a shared phone line, so only one could be online at a
time. No network printing. No shared files. No network period. They would
actually dial-up on one computer, send a file via email, disconnect, dial-up
the other computer, and download the email.
There will always be a need for networking. As end users, many see it going
away in favor of wireless networking, and to some extent, that may be so; but
how are all those wireless routers spread across the city / campus / building
connected? How are all those servers connected? How are the high availability
clusters connected? How are the network storage devices connected? Networking
is here to stay, even if the bleeding edge stuff is changing quickly.
If you enjoy networking, then do it. Take on some volunteer (or very low pay
stuff) for a church or non-profit, then add that to your resume. Don't be
afraid to branch out a little, and learn other admin type stuff, as you never
know what you'll be called on to do. Learn a little shell scripting. Learn a
little python or perl (or even ruby)
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