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Adam Trachtenberg is the Director of the LinkedIn Developer Network, where he oversees developer relations and marketing for the LinkedIn Platform. Before LinkedIn, Adam worked at eBay in platform product management and marketing. Even earlier, he co-founded Student.Com and TVGrid.com. Adam is the author of PHP Cookbook and Upgrading to PHP 5. He lives in San Francisco.

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Blue Screen of Death

One advantage of having a corporate IT staff is that when your laptop starts giving you the blue screen of death, you can file a trouble ticket and somebody comes by, copies the data off your machine, replaces your hard drive, and returns it to you. If you’re lucky, they might even install the hardware upgrades and new software you request.

Of course, I would never be using Windows if I wasn’t at eBay, but there’s crappy sys admin stuff for Mac OS X and Linux, too. I hate being a sys admin. It’s my least favorite part of using my computer.

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