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A day in the life of a SysAdmin

Here at PaperCut, Sysadmin Day is the most wonderful time of the year!

So we went that little extra mile to celebrate. We reached out to Todd Black, systems administrator for the University of Queensland.

Todd had a chat with us about a typical day in the life of a sysadmin, the wins and challenges of his job, and the most bizarre tasks he has come across during his tenure.

3 lessons learned leading a team from home

Near the beginning of 2020, I entered a lead role for the first time in my career.

Becoming a leader is challenging (albeit rewarding). But leading a team remotely during a global pandemic? This notches up the difficulty.

I make no claim to have figured it all out. But here are 3 lessons I’ve learned.

Pride in STEM: 6 LGBTQ+ tech trailblazers we admire

To commemorate Pride month and the Stonewall riots, we wanted to pay tribute to the truly inspiring members of the LGBTQ+ community who have made innovations to not just technology but mankind in general.

The following stories contain not just the triumphs of these LGBTQ+ tech pioneers, but their struggles too. A word of warning that some of these stories contain descriptions of trauma.

Tech geeks, trains, and activists

In November 2019, one of our resident IT geeks, Alec Clews, was invited to speak at the Write the Docs conference in Sydney, Australia.

Business as usual.

But this time, there was a twist. Alec had a particular request.

Embracing the 50th Earth Day as a turning point

What a world we find ourselves in for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

One good thing out of this lockdown is the good it’s doing the Earth. Less pollution, lower oil consumption, clearer skies.

But that doesn’t mean the fight is over.

Meet a PaperCutter: EP06 Adam the people experiencer

Welcome back to Meet a PaperCutter. My conversation today is with Adam Axon, Head of People Experience here at PaperCut.

In this episode, things are a little bit different from what you might be used to if you follow this podcast.

Does COVID-19 mark the end of the office?

Many are claiming that COVID-19 might bring about the long-anticipated end of office working.

I don’t think COVID-19 is seeing us forget the office. I think it’s making us appreciate it.

On the ground in Wuhan: a COVID-19 AMA

Since late last year one of our software engineers, Mike Zhang, has been locked down in Wuhan, China; ground zero of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

We recently held an AMA with Mike where he fielded questions from all PaperCutters on what it’s been like living in the epicentre of COVID-19. This blog was repackaged from his responses.

Living our values in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

On Monday 16 March, PaperCut offices shifted to a “Distributed Working” model. Yep, these very words were typed from the comfort of my home office.

One of the things helping us hold it together is remembering our company values and bringing them to the forefront of our new daily routine.

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