Budgets are really tight these days at the company where this sysadmin pilot fish works, and that has consequences.

"Since we can't hire new people to backfill for those who leave, we've resorted to remote administration and other such tricks to balance workloads," fish says. "Also, repairs are sometimes postponed longer than may be advisable."

Late one afternoon, fish gets an instant message from a colleague at another building: One of his servers in fish's building has crashed, and it doesn't have a remote console yet, so can fish please reboot it?

No problem. Fish walks down the hall to the data center and brings the server back up.

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