We shape our tools and then our tools shape us

December 26, 2017

The title words are by Father John Culkin, SJ. Re-reading them years later made me reflect on my journey here.

Memories of events are anisotropic: Memory changes the circumstances, reworks the lessons and retells the stories, so the UUNET I remember isn’t the UUNET that was, but it’ll do. Google deservedly gets the credit for SRE, but it was at UUNET that I first remember learning from Bill Barns, Mike O’Dell, and Louis Mamakos et al. that to scale in distributed systems, you had to build machines that built machines.

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