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on February 4, 2012
I'm a system admin at my company for about 6 different applications. I'm constantly barraged on a daily basis with requests for things from user end support to applying updates and changes and info on the latest tech so I am pretty busy. Not to mention when I go home I'm busy with my family and friends (along with their tech needs). Nothing wrong with it, I love my work and what I do. I saw this book, read the little bit that's offered and it addressed my life to a T so I picked it up.
Simply put, any sys admin can (and probably needs) this book. It is a little outdated in regards to some of the methods the author suggests using like a day planner or PDA. (Just replace those with "smartphone") Overall the technics and methods the author talks about really can help you. A lot of it is common sense and you'll realize that when you read it but if you haven't already thought of them and implemented them then this will help you. I've already increased my productivity and organization.
I'm still working on dealing with how to say no and set the proper expectations. (its a side effect of me being a nice person.) but I have become better with dealing with super pushy manager types. I've made a publicly accessible schedule of activities and direct people to it now when they have requests so they can get an idea of whats going on and how quickly I may be able to get to their requests.
This book was written from the unix administrator perspective and has a lot of reference to that side of computing. However, Windows admins can benefit from the methods the author talks about. It's a fun read and not dry and boring like most technical books. The flow is logical but also set up so you can put sticky notes in certain areas so you can reference them later and you don't have to read the two paragraphs before just to remember what the author was talking about.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who does system administration but anyone who does other tech work. Even if you only get two things out of this book, its still two thing to make your life a little easier.