This is a guest post by James Turnbull (@kartar)
The first two guys I worked for in Ops jobs were old school mainframe guys. Both of them were kind of rough around the edges. Both heavy smokers who liked a drink and who been around before there were PCs, thought client-server was a passing fad and loved their Big Iron. Serious conversations often weren’t conducted in the office clustered around a green screen. They took place outside or downstairs in the car park with all of us sucking back tobacco smoke and shooting the breeze. They valued process, documentation, repeatability and above all else reliability.