|"For the great enemy of the truth is very often
not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive, and
unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to
a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort
"It is the duty of everyman, so far as his ability allows, to detect and expose delusion and error"
- Thomas Paine
May the source be with you, but remember the KISS principle ;-)
(slightly skeptical) Open Source Software Educational Society
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This is a self-education oriented site that contains resources for the independently minded IT folks, critical of mainstream fads related to programming and Unix system administration. While attending university has its value in itself, as a good university cultural environment can't be replicated elsewhere, for talented people independent study might save some money and can help to avoid excessive feeding of education sharks. In any case, lifelong self-education is important and should be a goal in itself. What get's people to the top is relentless self-education and practice of a particular skill. The minimum estimate for reaching "master" level of a given skill is estimated to be around 10,000 hours, the earlier you start the the better. And for programming and system administration 30,000 hours is a more reasonable estimate.
The main purpose of the "slightly skeptical" approach (which is a signature of the site) is to stimulate critical thinking about system administration and software development as professions, to reveal hidden elegance of Unix and its concepts and to stress the importance of scripting languages such as Perl, shell and Python. We try to eschew the conventionally favored obfuscations about IT workplace and related propaganda (for example about "cloud computing" or IT outsourcing) and expose the theater of absurd which often both academic and, especially, corporate IT represents (sometimes in the form of humor). It is important to be aware about dangers of the IT workplace such as psychopathic bosses (toxic managers). The latter have several varieties with micromanagers, bullies, narcissists and authoritarians as the most common. You also need be aware of a standard corporate waterboarding procedure called performance reviews ;-).
In a way this is a site of the "resistance movement" against "disposable IT workers". Still this is an educational site, not a propaganda site, and unlike propaganda that manipulates people emotions and prejudges to impose propagandist's views, education primary goal is to develop the ability of critical thinking.
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