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How to Survive as a High-Energy Physics Sysadmin

October 20, 2010

User, a high-energy physicist, asking 'Where are my files?', gets kicked by the sysadmin into a proton-proton-collision-induced black hole which is engulfing the accelerator lab. (Click on the image to see a bigger version.)

I drew this as a birthday card for a friend who is sysadmin in a high-energy physics institution. He says the most common, and most annoying, question posed by his users — good scientists, who are too single-minded about their research to think much about the computers — is "Where are my files?".

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