A nice little stoush is developing between the Systems Administrators Guild of Australia (SAGE-AU) and the Sydney Morning Herald, over quotes published in the SMH where Earthwave CEO Carlo Minassian claimed, "We know that 40 per cent of IT email administrators and IT managers look inside their manager's, their board's, their chief information officer's, and chief executive officer's emails regularly and read their email."
SAGE issued a fiery retort to the quotes.
Minassian replied, quoting an HP study that surveyed 5569 IT operations and security managers in 13 countries, including Australia, where 64 per cent of people who have privileged access rights feel that they are allowed and empowered to access things, and 61 per cent of those users access sensitive or confidential data because of their curiosity.
So, which is it? Are sysadmins vile snoops just for heck of it? Or are they fine, upstanding gentlemen that keep networks running at prime efficiency?
In my experience, it's just like any other job; some are very good, some are mediocre and some are truly terrible sneaks.
Feel free to add to the discussion in the comments below.
Are you ready for a tale so fantastic that words will fail to do it justice?
Last night, during the pinnacle of Australian television award ceremonies, otherwise known as the Logies, the Herald-Sun published a story that revealed the gold Logie winner while the awards were still taking place. For international readers, the gold Logie is a popularity contest between mainstream TV personalities — and, yes, its as terrible as it sounds.
Where this story gets nice and technical is that the editor of the Herald Sun, Simon Pristel, has claimed that Google was able to index an unpublished story, and that the story never appeared on its website.
"It turns out that Google had somehow searched into our system and found the story that was published in the paper," said Pristel.
These screenshots beg to differ.
If you can bring yourself to listen to it, there's an interview with Pristel on Triple M from this morning.
Warning: above interview may contain traces of Eddie McGuire.
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets -- he claims he once read an entire one.