* Originally written at Thu Sep 2 05:17:58 EEST 1999.
This is how it started
Every penny that I have made today and every one that I will make, I owe it to my Prof. Timos Sellis who has trusted me more than enough:
When I entered the NTUA EE School (Fall of 1990), I had no computer and no money to buy one. Also I wanted to become a Computer Engineer. The labs are not always open and keys are not the easiest thing to find. Somehow until Fall of 1993 I managed. But by then it was impossible to continue without a computer.
It was then that I heard from a friend that Prof. Sellis was looking for a System’s Administrator for his lab machines. The Following dialog is real:
Yiorgos: Hi, I heard that you are looking for a System's Administrator Timos: Yes, do you know of any? Yiorgos: Yes, actually I'd like to do that Timos: Do you know anything about it? Yiorgos: No, not a thing! Timos: That's OK, you will learn
This dialog changed my professional life. It is because of Timos’ trust that I am able to make my living today.
[ I was not a total ignorant of Unix internals. I was a Unix power user who could do anything that could be done without root access. It was just that I was ignorant of administering systems and maintaining things like DNS and sendmail ]
The least I can do as to thank Timos for the door he opened to me into the amazing world of System Administration is to document the story down.
[ needless to say that I graduated without owning a computer ;-) ]
With lots of gratitude,