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Submission + - Why don't we buy sysadmin books anymore? ( 4

Bandman writes: Our needs for good information and documentation have not changed, but the way that we get it has. The ebook revolution has made physical shelves of sysadmin books endangered species. A bigger issue may be that even ebook sales of books related to system administration have not been selling. Somewhere along the line, people stopped buying things like "DNS and Bind" or "Sed & Awk".

Has our need for documentation changed, or just our sources of it?

Comment Re:Facebook for enterprise (Score 2, Interesting) 205

There are also OSS tools. I had a play with BoonEx Dolphin recently, and it did lots of the "internal Facebook" sort of stuff. It was pretty easy to deploy, and allows nice little bits like chat/walls/video/photos. Might be overkill for a small group though. Places I've worked, Jabber/XMPP is really handy. I found that IM neatly bridges the gap between "warrants a phone call" and "can wait until you check your email". Also it's a far better way to get alert messages.

Retirement means that when someone says "Have a nice day", you actually have a shot at it.