[arin-ppml] Stepping forward, opening my mouth and removing all doubt about
sdean at bard.edu
Wed Aug 27 10:36:54 EDT 2008
how clueless I am.
At some point, I joined this list because something I was doing related to it.
In the course of time, either from membership here or because I'm the Tech POC
for 12 Class Cs, I got the transfer policy questionnaire, and I rarely felt my
ignorance so keenly. I had only the vaguest idea of what the questions meant,
much less having an informed opinion of them. I spent some time over the next 3
days flogging Google and www.arin.net to try to educate myself. At the end of
that exercise, I understood something about questions and was able to respond to
them....but I really never did find much that spoke clearly and unequivocally on
what they were about. Why wasn't there a linked resource explaining the
background of each question, the pros and cons or each side? All the
documentation I could find was scattered here and there and was colorless and
passive-voiced...like reading a telephone book....yes, there was data but what
did it mean?
What is a liberalized transfer policy? Whose ox is getting gored? I guess this
is a minefield and perhaps saying anything would precipitate a flame-war, but
what doc there was related poorly or in such an inobvious way that it didn't
make much clear. Like presenting a Noh play in Wichita...*whatever* are those
people doing and talking about????
BTW, one of the problems about being sysadmin in a small shop is that you have
to be a Shiva Nataraja generalist in a world of rapidly expanding requirements
and areas of expertise...and unless you're a glow-in-the-dark genius with an
eidetic memory, your ignorance grows exponentially.
Stewart Dean, Unix System Admin, Henderson Computer Resources
Center of Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York 12504
sdean at bard.edu voice: 845-758-7475, fax: 845-758-7035
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