James Doohan, better known as Montomery “Scotty” Scott from the original Star Trek series, passed away today.*I didn’t know James, but I’ve seen enough Star Trek re-runs to feel like I knew Scotty.
Scotty is the patron saint of network administrators. Anyone who’s job it is to keep a big, sprawling pile of hardware, software, (and anti-matter reactors) operating smoothly in the face of ridiculous demands from management can easily recognize themselves in James’ portrayal of Mr. Scott.
Farewell, Mr. Doohan, but please don’t beam me up just yet.
*The lunatic hoarde on Slashdot is discussing this too.