If you haven't yet read the hilarious story of Jerry A. Taylor of Tuttle Oklahoma,
pop over and read it now.
The funniest part of it is Jerry's insistence that he isn't a
I am computer literate! I have 22 years in computer systems
engineering and operation.
Of course anyone who is even half-way savvy can't read that without
Yet Jerry's sin was really more of unwarranted escalation - flying
off the handle - rather than lack of knowledge. It actually is
possible to know quite a bit about computer subjects without
knowing a darn thing about Apache. Yes, it is a bit unusual
to be apparently responsible for websites and still lack that
knowledge, but it is possible.
And I do have to agree with Jerry that CentOS's initial responses
were unhelpful. I'd also say that their tone helped pour gasoline
on a fire that was putting up plenty of flame already. Yes, Jerry
A. Taylor is the one who made an *redacted* of himself, but
he had a little help along the way.
It's quite possible that Jerry will lose his job over this. Maybe
that's reasonable: I don't know how much he should know about Tuttle's
websites. But it's also possible that he isn't the jackass these
exchanges portray him as: he might in fact be a competent, highly
overworked person who went astray because of a small gap in
his knowledge. Every single one of us has such gaps, and every
one of us has gotten angry for the wrong reasons at least once
in our lives (if you haven't, you are probably just not old
No doubt Jerry jokes will bounce around the web for weeks
and years. I hope he survives and has the capacity to laugh at
himself rather than descending into misery.
A lesson for everyone: you may not be as literate as you think you
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