I could not help but read an article with a title like “Nine traits of the veteran Unix admin“. It’s good! And not just because the first two traits are ones I bitterly cling to myself!
Can’t resist commenting on this one:
Veteran Unix admin trait No. 3: We wield regular expressions like weapons
“…and sometimes wind up shooting ourselves in the foot.” I was reminded of a Jamie Zawinski quote:
Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I’ll use regular expressions.” Now they have two problems.
And there’s this one:
Veteran Unix admin trait No. 5: We prefer elegant solutions
Well, who doesn’t? Let’s add: “…and we’re darn good at deluding ourselves that our solutions are elegant.”