Ended my last primary on-call shift of the year just now, and not a minute too soon. I like to say that my job is at the intersection of system administration and adrenaline because for 37 hours a weekend we are constantly solving issues where data loss is not an option and speed is everything.

Anyway, two choice quotes from my weekend, emphasis mine:

From a Sybase ASE error log:

I love software that has been patched to tell you how to actually fix the issue but won’t actually fix it for you.

Next up, an email from a first-level system administrator:

piias1332 /ms/user/v/venusrin 63$ rup pisdb38 pisdb38 up 29 days, 2:42, load average: 1.77 1.73 1.62

Um. No. Just no.