DevOps involves managing a large number of servers, so a lot of it is setting up tools to keep an eye on and “teach” them how to recover from problems on their own. On top of that it’s trying to be a lazy programmer (automation is a nicer way to say it). Machines are faster than people, so making a bunch of them do your work for you is a big part of the job.
I like how flexible it is. The dev team operates under the get-it-done mindset. Sometimes that means late nights, but it also makes it easier to spend time with the kids in the morning or sit down for dinner as a family. We're also not limited in tools or approach. If a solution is a good one, then we use it.
The moments of random geek conversation had in the dev area are pretty great. The interests in the team overlap quite a bit, so going from gaming to Star Trek to computer hardware is not uncommon.
I like making things, I always lean towards DIY if there's the option (or try to make the option). Light woodworking, 3D printing, designing and soldering circuit boards, growing herbs and veggies, mixing eliquid, brewing beer, smoking meats, mending clothes. Mileage varies quite a bit.3D Printed Lamp by Coder Snider