marco adds, among many other excellent insights:
Even geeks (like us) have their limits of reasonability. At some point, we often decide that what we’ve been doing or what we think we should enjoy just isn’t worthwhile.
Both the original piece and Marco’s view make for very good reading, but I think the bit above neatly summarizes why I stopped managing my own infrastructure.
In my case, it freed up enough time already to thoroughly relax (as much as possible, alas), read a bunch of books, and, since last week, delve into the nuts and bolts of a few things I’ve always wanted to tackle (and a couple I had no idea I’d be doing on this day and age).