February 5, 2008

Notes from the Dungeon

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Hi, I’m Chip, SpiderOak’s semi-resident sysadmin. I’m the guy in the picture
below who looks like he’s up to no good. }:-> Mostly, I’m in charge of
keeping the beasts in the server room well-fed and happy, which, like most
admin work, involves generous helpings of my sanity. It’s a job that requires
me to be available around the clock — especially during inopportune times
like weekends and holidays. Nearly every day I’m asked to do something I
haven’t done before. Sometimes it’s fun, but many times it’s not.

But you know what? I love it.

And it’s not just because most days I can wake up at noon and work in the
wee hours of the morning, or that if I need a break I can pop into the other
room and play some Portal (Ah, GLaDOS, an admin after my own heart). I work
with a great bunch of people, and despite the fact that we’re many states and
time zones away from each other, the whole group meshes into a team that I’m
proud to be a part of. (My absence in the group picture below
notwithstanding…)

What exactly goes on behind the scenes at SpiderOak? It’s a really sim…

Gruuuuuuuuuuu…

Whoops, looks like I’ll have to explain later. Duty calls. :)