[Clug-work] clug-work Digest, Vol 49, Issue 2

Jonathan Hitchcock vhata at clug.org.za
Tue Jul 7 16:21:30 SAST 2009


On Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 1:20 PM, Andre Truter<linux at trusoftdev.za.net> wrote:
> I don't agree totally.  I think he stereo-typed geeks and sysadmins
> too much.

And I disagree completely.   She (not he) is imposing a ridiculously
stereotyped notion of what a geek/sysadmin is, on what was a perfectly
reasonable job advertisement.  I know dozens of very capable geeks and
sysadmins who are perfectly able to hold a conversation and work in a
team, who aren't addicted to coffee or anything else, and who are
grown up enough to be able to acquire food themselves without being
told where restaurants are.  Not to mention calling the ability to
admin a windows domain "heresy", which is just stupid.

In addition, while flexitime and all that simply makes good business
sense, it's up to the company and how they work, and there are lots of
geeks in Cape Town who have managed to fit into a 9-to-5 schedule
where required.

To summarise: it's not necessary to pick holes in every single job ad
that comes the way of clug-work, especially harmless and fairly
reasonable ones such as Melville's.  I wouldn't be at all surprised if
companies looking for geeks threw up their hands in disgust and went
off to find them elsewhere, if this is the sort of response they get
every time.

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