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Dirty IT Jobs

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This week Infoworld published an article on the "Dirtiest Jobs in IT". When Dan, the author of the article, called me to talk about the story I got really excited because I have some strong memories (notice that I didn't say fond memories) of some really dirty jobs I've done.

Most people think that being a network engineer or systems administrator is a desk job and that we never have to get our hands dirty. Admit it, how many times when you've been asked "What do you do for a living?" have you said "Oh, I work with computers." just to keep things simple? The truth is, sometimes this couldn't be farther from the truth. If you've ever had the pleasure or installing your own cable in a building, constructing and filling up your own racks, or trenching and burying your own fiber you know exactly what I'm talking about.

You can read what I had to say on the subject and a little bit about my experiences with dirty IT jobs towards the end of the article here. We'd love to hear from you about some of the dirty jobs in IT you've had to deal with. Please post your own dirty war stories as comments and let's reminisce a bit together...

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