IamA Network Administrator and Bartender in Antarctica. AMA!
I've seen a couple of other Antarctic AMAs done recently and there seemed to be some ancillary interest in my perspective, so I'll throw this one out there and see if it sticks. If you're curious to see pictures or other stories about life down here, check out my blog at http://frozennerd.blogspot.com/
The United States Antarctic Program maintains three year-round scientific research stations in Antarctica, and I'm currently living at the largest one: McMurdo station, located on Ross Island, a 5-8 hour airplane ride south of New Zealand. This is my fourth season "on the ice", previously I did three seasons as a Utility Mechanic at the USAP's smallest outpost of Palmer Station, where I did an AMA last year: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1ndncc/i_am_currently_livingworking_at_the_usas_smallest/
Wondering what it's like to do IT and get people drunk at the bottom of the planet? Ask away!
Want to know more about McMurdo? Live webcams are here http://www.usap.gov/videoclipsandmaps/mcmwebcam.cfm and the NSF's official page about the station is here http://www.nsf.gov/geo/plr/support/mcmurdo.jsp
CMA: I do not speak for the National Science Foundation, United States Antarctic Program, Lockheed Martian, or any other company or organization. My opinions and statements belong to me and me alone.
My Proof: http://i.imgur.com/Tq3IG4i.jpg
Because I know it'll get asked a billion times:
What's the internet like? We've got an 18mbit/10mbit connection over the Optus D-1 satellite, and that connection is shared by everything and everyone on station. Phones, business intranet, scientific data, recreational internet, everything goes over that connection. As you'd expect with ~1,000 people sharing that pipe, it's extremely slow with latency between 710ms and 1200ms, depending on the QoS policy that's applied to the traffic.
How do I get a job down there?: This is one of the more comprehensive and accurate write-ups I've seen about that: http://southpolestation.com/trivia/ncs/jobs.html