OT: It's arrived!

Lyle - CosmicPerl.com perl at cosmicperl.com
Tue Nov 6 19:40:11 GMT 2007

Matt S Trout wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 06, 2007 at 01:30:00PM +0000, Lyle - CosmicPerl.com wrote:
>> I agree, I just get the feeling from a lot of the replies that people 
>> think I'm incapable of learning. I could be wrong, but it's the tone 
>> I've been picking up.
> My original comment that you should hire a sysadmin wasn't suggesting you
> should get somebody full time.
> The thought I had in mind was that you could pay a specialist to get your
> platform to the point where it was of reasonable quality to match the
> expectations of commercial clients and maybe retain a few hours a week/month
> from them to keep things ticking over.
> Then, assured that things aren't going to explode under you, you'd have more
> time to learn the ropes yourself.

Aghhh, I see what you mean. Thank you. That does make a lot of sense.

> We make a lot of our money helping out people who're developing web projects
> with Catalyst who know they -can- learn but want to have experts around so
> they don't end up making mistakes while they're learning that'll slow the
> project down and/or torpedo it later when they have to maintain it. We've had
> several of them learn enough from working with our team that they no longer
> need our services. That's fine with us - it proves we did our job as
> consultants and they invariably go on to provide us with more new business
> via recommendations.

I see.

> In fact, our sysadmin was originally just doing a few hours a week on contract;
> however as the company scaled up and we found that a lot of our clients needed
> help sorting out their development and deployment platforms as well as their
> codebase, it became sensible to take him on full time. These days we've got
> so much systems work we're starting to pull in extra sysadmin hours on
> contract again ... and so goes the process of building a business.
Sounds great. If you could message me some details of your service 
suggestions, what they include and rates that would be great. Also a 
search on "Linux sysadmin course" brought up a lot of results. Which 
your experience in this field, is there a learning resource that you'd 


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