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Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day

kdawson posted about 4 years ago | from the how-about-some-green-appreciation dept.

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ArbiterOne writes "The 11th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day is today. Celebrated worldwide on the last Friday of July, this day honors those who fight in the digital trenches to keep the Net alive. OpenDNS offers a way to remind your boss about the holiday, while another blogger shares war stories. The startup Ksplice has created an homage to these heroes in the style of Choose Your Own Adventure." Reader Netbuzz submits a sobering look at the profession from Network World, which notes, "In the past year, [sysadmins'] pay has dropped, and more of their positions are being farmed out to temporary workers."

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Thank you! (1)

blai (1380673) | about 4 years ago | (#33084070)

Ask your boss to stay with you till you leave work.

Re:Thank you! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33084404)

My boss is a Jehovah's Witness you insensative clod!

Happy sysadmin day? (5, Interesting)

slaxative (1867220) | about 4 years ago | (#33084078)

I've been a sysadmin for a while time now, and I've never had one person wish me a happy admin day. It would seem the only people who know about this, happen to be sysadmins. No one has a clue when I mention it. We need more sysadmin day advertising. Someone want to fund a commercial? Lets add it to every calendar world wide. Who's with me?

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (2)

Abstrackt (609015) | about 4 years ago | (#33084112)

I've been a sysadmin for a while time now, and I've never had one person wish me a happy admin day.

Happy admin day! ;)

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (3, Funny)

nizo (81281) | about 4 years ago | (#33084370)

Now get back to work!!

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (1)

laejoh (648921) | about 4 years ago | (#33087606)

Now get back to work or I'll replace you with a very small Perl script!

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33089408)

Actually one of the people I work with whose job it was to convert videos from one format to another has been replaced by a single shell script and ffmpeg.

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (1)

davester666 (731373) | about 4 years ago | (#33091874)

Couldn't he, say, advertise what day it is by using his IT skills and permission to, for example, tag every internal email with "Don't forget, today is System Administrator Day. Be sure to tip your local IT person today!"

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (2, Funny)

BrokenHalo (565198) | about 4 years ago | (#33085136)

Having spent many a miserable Christmas, Easter or other so-called "break" tied to a pager or (worse) a dumb terminal over a dialup line, I can only say a sysadmin's lot is not an 'appy one. (Apologies to W.S. Gilbert [youtube.com] ...) Let's see:

When a user's not engaged in his employment (his employment)
Or maturing his pathetic little plans (little plans)
His capacity for innocent enjoyment (-cent enjoyment)
Is just as great as any honest man's (honest man's)...

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (1)

jgagnon (1663075) | about 4 years ago | (#33084158)

If you'd act like you're happy more then maybe people would. :p

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (1)

slaxative (1867220) | about 4 years ago | (#33084184)

I'll be happy when today is over. Its Friday!!!!

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (3, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 4 years ago | (#33084224)

Are you thinking something sugary and hallmarkesque, like the PR that "administrative professional's day"(formerly for appreciation of secretaries, now renamed) gets, or something more along the lines of "We route your packets, we back-up your documents, we administer your databases, we install your drivers. We maintain your uptime while you sleep. Do not... fuck with us. "?

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (2, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | about 4 years ago | (#33085126)

Are you thinking something sugary and hallmarkesque, like the PR that "administrative professional's day"(formerly for appreciation of secretaries, now renamed) gets, or something more along the lines of "We route your packets, we back-up your documents, we administer your databases, we install your drivers. We maintain your uptime while you sleep. Do not... fuck with us. "?

The latter please. The bit actors from the Sopranos are probably looking for some easy ad money.

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (1)

frank_adrian314159 (469671) | about 4 years ago | (#33087072)

Are you thinking something sugary and hallmarkesque, like the PR that "administrative professional's day"(formerly for appreciation of secretaries, now renamed) gets?

As some of the more outspoken AAs used to say at one place I worked, "Raises, not roses." They were less than effective because they never added the magic words at the end of their missive: "or else we'll organize a union, asshole."

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (1)

Vetruvet (1639267) | about 4 years ago | (#33084318)

Just like programmers' day (Sep. 13th; 12th if leap year). Add both to all calendars...

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (1)

bsDaemon (87307) | about 4 years ago | (#33084456)

We should have an industrial action day. e-commerce, and thus a large swath of the economy, grinding to a halt for a day would be the wake-up everyone needs. And it wouldn't cost us any air time fees

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (2, Interesting)

molecular (311632) | about 4 years ago | (#33085290)

Someone want to fund a commercial? Lets add it to every calendar world wide. Who's with me?

We don't need commercials, how lame is that!
Like the calendar idea.
How about using adzapper (or the like) on our proxies replacing all ads with a "happy sysadmin's day" message for the day?

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (2)

cjb658 (1235986) | about 4 years ago | (#33085504)

Well, if you're not happy, this video [youtube.com] will cheer you up:

Happy sysadmin day!

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (1)

fifedrum (611338) | about 4 years ago | (#33085558)

I email the entire company once a year, about a week before. Cron is yer friend.

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (2, Funny)

An ominous Cow art (320322) | about 4 years ago | (#33088492)

Do you really want to be reminding them how easy it would be to replace you with a cron job? :-)

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33085582)

Happy admin day! I should mention I forgot my email password again...

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (1)

maxume (22995) | about 4 years ago | (#33086650)

Your claims of direct interpersonal interaction are undermining your credibility a bit here.

It's called a pay check. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33086882)

You're welcome.

Happy sysadmin day! (1)

FoolishOwl (1698506) | about 4 years ago | (#33087448)

And are you hiring?

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (1)

An ominous Cow art (320322) | about 4 years ago | (#33088420)

I went to the 'Seasonal' aisle of my local supermarket, and they had absolutely no SysAdmin Day decorations for sale.

It's disgusting, the way this country treats its SysAdmins.

Re:Happy sysadmin day? (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 4 years ago | (#33088562)

They were celebrating the DIY aesthetic of the true sysadmin. They'll sell you the beer; but you'll have to provide the empty bottles yourself...

I very much appreciated sysadmins here at IETF. (1)

Zarhan (415465) | about 4 years ago | (#33084104)

Mailing list posting from one of the sysadmins (Too bad they don't do word wraps).

http://www.ietf.org/mail-archive/web/78attendees/current/msg00848.html [ietf.org]

Staying up until 7 AM so that bunch of geeks could get decent connectivity in their hotel - kudos.

There was also the nice orange Cat6 cable running through the parking lot, going through windowframes and doorways and ending up at a Catalyst switch taped to a window :)

So just for today... (3, Funny)

Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) | about 4 years ago | (#33084150)

When we leave the bag of dog poop in their cube, we don't light it?

I think I can handle that.

Network Administrator not System Administrator (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33084236)

A System Administrator is different than the Network Administrator. They may be the same individual, but the job is different.

It is the *Network* Administrators that keep the Net alive. Without them, the System Administrator's servers would be just islands.

Re:Network Administrator not System Administrator (1)

FoolishOwl (1698506) | about 4 years ago | (#33088000)

My copy of "Essential System Administration" has chapters on TCP/IP networking, managing network services, and configuring email servers. It seems to me that whether "system administrator" and "network administrator" are distinct concepts depends upon the context, and that in practice there's extensive overlap.

Re:Network Administrator not System Administrator (1)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | about 4 years ago | (#33089664)

Networks are systems, but systems are not always networks.

SysAdmin Appreciation Day Argentina (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33084242)

Hey ! happy sysadmin day to everyone !!

Here in Argentina we are having an after-office to toast to ourselves and our servers !!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVA6zCQwE-c
http://www.diadeladmin.com.ar :wq!

Celebrated? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33084262)

The 11th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day is today. Celebrated worldwide on the last Friday of July,

Celebrated by who? I've never heard of it and now that I have, I wish I hadn't.

Personally .... (1)

PPH (736903) | about 4 years ago | (#33084272)

... I'd like to wish our BOFH overlords a happy sysadmin day.

will celebrate (1)

nimbius (983462) | about 4 years ago | (#33084324)

just as soon as i put this sql group back into rotation and i need to doublecheck the logs on the new smtp relays to make sure they arent doing that weird bounce thing they were last night...er...morning right? it was 2ish?

BTW whats the cake for today.

Re:will celebrate (2, Funny)

Logarhythmic (1082321) | about 4 years ago | (#33085958)

BTW whats the cake for today.

Who are we kidding? The cake is a lie.

Re:will celebrate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33087236)

What are you talking about? The cake isn't a lie. Now, your chances of GETTING any of it... that's a whole other discussion.

If you're a Happy Sys Admin... (2, Funny)

snspdaarf (1314399) | about 4 years ago | (#33084336)

...and you know it, clap your hands!

Re:If you're a Happy Sys Admin... (1)

swanzilla (1458281) | about 4 years ago | (#33084390)

...and you know it, clap your hands!

Now stop dicking around and go reboot the load & performance box.

Re:If you're a Happy Sys Admin... (5, Funny)

Theoboley (1226542) | about 4 years ago | (#33084394)

The sounds of silence ring out across the nation...

Re:If you're a Happy Sys Admin... (1)

Gazzonyx (982402) | about 4 years ago | (#33086490)

Are you implying that Sys Admins are Simon and Garfunkle fans?

Re:If you're a Happy Sys Admin... (1)

Theoboley (1226542) | about 4 years ago | (#33087460)

Sorry, that joke went whooosh over my metalhead. Also, too young to know :P i'll get off your lawn now.

Re:If you're a Happy Sys Admin... (1)

Gazzonyx (982402) | about 4 years ago | (#33087594)

Crap, kid; I'm 26. Now I _really_ feel old! Get off my lawn!

Re:If you're a Happy Sys Admin... (1)

Theoboley (1226542) | about 4 years ago | (#33089294)

LOL you've got 2 years on me.... not that old Sir.

Re:If you're a Happy Sys Admin... (1)

arkane1234 (457605) | about 4 years ago | (#33090412)

Seriously... I'm 36, and I still feel young around the people I work around :)
(system admin)

Re:If you're a Happy Sys Admin... (2, Funny)

Norwell Bob (982405) | about 4 years ago | (#33084412)

[deafening silence]

Re:If you're a Happy Sys Admin... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33084424)

...and you know it, clap your hands!

What about all the one handed sys amdins you insensitive clod!!!

Oh wait that is the happy sys admin, you just cant see the other hand

Re:If you're a Happy Sys Admin... (1)

marcello_dl (667940) | about 4 years ago | (#33091308)

Happy
Sane
Sysadmin

Pick two.

Re:If you're a Happy Sys Admin... (1)

telekon (185072) | about 4 years ago | (#33091414)

A happy sysadmin? You mean a sysadmin in a UNIX-only environment, with an infinite budget and no users to support?

I'd like to shake his hand.

Dear Sysadmin (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33084362)

Dear Sysadmin,

We could have a company with no IT department. Oh it wouldn't run nearly as well, because you are an important SUPPORT function. But it would still bumble along somehow. But it doesn't work the other way around. You can't fire everyone else and leave just the IT department, because then there'd be no one for you to support and no reason for you to exist.

So start acting like you understand that you're here to support me, and I'll start appreciating you more.

Re:Dear Sysadmin (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33084716)

Clearly you don't work for a company with 500+ desktop users and countless outside users hitting various web servers every day where IT is at the core of the business (like say, a large e-commerce outfit or a telco). But even in those places IT is seen by many as nothing more than unimportant computer janitors, yet when for one reason or another no one in IT is around for a few days the entire operation comes to a screeching halt and some poor sysadmin with a high fever and a headache capable of killing large farm animals has to stumble to work to fix something that someone broke, the classic examples including someone deciding that it would be ok to cut power to the main on-site server room "for just a minute" (read: 30+ minutes so most servers shut down) so they can repair the elevator (because it's easier to just switch the power for the entire building off than taking 30 seconds to figure out which switch to turn off. And yes, this meant that everyone in our main building sat around doing nothing for the 30-60 minutes it took to repair the elevator and then another couple of hours while IT rushed to repair the damage), someone in senior management deciding to power-cycle the domain controller when they can't login at 8 AM (since they denied the required server upgrade so the domain controllers can't handle the load efter merging with another company which is now using the same domain controllers) and countless others...

And in case you're wondering how they managed to find the domain controller? Well, this senior manglement character actually called a person in IT (who was actually on vacation that week) saying he couldn't login, he was told this was most likely due to too many users trying to login at once, he then asked a few followup questions including the name of the domain controller. The person being asked these questions assumed this was just curiosity/research into the possibility of pushing for money for new domain controller machines, turns out this person had somehow figured out that if he power-cycled the primary DC he'd disconnect everyone who was logging in so he'd be able to login faster and since all our servers are labeled and senior manglement has access to every part of the building....)

Re:Dear Sysadmin (3, Interesting)

Linker3000 (626634) | about 4 years ago | (#33085454)

"...and some poor sysadmin with a high fever and a headache capable of killing large farm animals has to stumble to work to fix something that someone broke,..."

Amen to that - I fell seriously ill on the last day of a holiday about 2hr drive from home. I also have T2 diabetes, which just added to the fun. I emailed my boss in the afternoon of that last day to say I would be staying over until I was fit for travel. My boss responded the next morning to enquire whether I was coming in to work and I replied when I managed to wake up and crawl out of bed at around 11am that I was staying another day then someone was driving me home via my doctor (who subsequently signed me off work for 2 weeks with strong antibiotics for a serious chest infection).

Anyway, when I got home there was a hand delivered letter from work inviting me to a disciplinary hearing upon my return for failing to notify my boss of my absence from work prior to the start of the working day (for the day I replied to his email at about 11).

Well, they went ahead with a formal disciplinary and put a first written warning on file, although that was only after I appealed against their initial decision to jump straight to a final written warning.

Fortunately that boss has gone now.

Re:Dear Sysadmin (1)

operagost (62405) | about 4 years ago | (#33086010)

You mean you don't have a copy of the email informing him that you would be out in your sent mail? And how do you arbitrarily skip a written warning?

Re:Dear Sysadmin (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 4 years ago | (#33086576)

"..a high fever and a headache capable of killing large farm animals has to stumble to work to fix something that someone broke, "

Yeah, they shouldn't be coming to work. If they are that sick, and everything comes to a halt, then maybe management will get addition staffing.

as long as you allow yourself to be abused in that manner, you will be.

Re:Dear Sysadmin (1)

FlynnMP3 (33498) | about 4 years ago | (#33090538)

Dang. Your IT friend deserves at least a sucker. Wait - no those can be messy when he/she is working on those computer things. A gummy bear would be more fitting. Those have no spine either.

Ps. For the humor impaired, this was/is sarcasm. On multiple levels. Reading comprehension is FUN!

Re:Dear Sysadmin (1)

st0rmshad0w (412661) | about 4 years ago | (#33085252)

LEARN to use the equipment necessary to DO YOUR JOB just like a mechanic learns to use the tools he needs and THEN maybe you can spout off about us supporting you. Most IT support roles could be eliminated if the end users weren't either blithering idiots or pathologically scared of computers. Seriously, if you can't remember your password how do you manage to drive a car to work and back every day?

well if we did have to change it each week then it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33085396)

well if we did have to change it each week then it will not be that hard.

Re:Dear Sysadmin (2, Insightful)

cjb658 (1235986) | about 4 years ago | (#33085566)

Most IT support roles could be eliminated if the end users weren't either blithering idiots or pathologically scared of computer

No! No! Please continue in your ignorance!

Re:Dear Sysadmin (1)

timelorde (7880) | about 4 years ago | (#33085642)

My car doesn't require me to create a new key every 30 days.

Re:Dear Sysadmin (1)

operagost (62405) | about 4 years ago | (#33086052)

And most cars only have a key for both the door and ignition, and sometimes a locking gas cap. They don't have separate keys for the glove compartment, seat adjustment, gear shift, radio, wipers, and lights.

Re:Dear Sysadmin (1)

mikael_j (106439) | about 4 years ago | (#33086322)

But the purpose of a car is a lot simpler than that of a computer (when looking at the entire computer system).

A better way to look at it is to see the computer as a collection of tools (spreadsheet software being one tool, email client another and so on). But it still boggles the mind that some people can use the same software day after day, week after week, month after month and still have weekly calls to helpdesk because they forgot where the Print button is in the application they use for several hours per day (and which they print things from at least a couple of times per week)...

Re:Dear Sysadmin (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about 4 years ago | (#33086054)

My car doesn't require me to create a new key every 30 days.

Because a thief just needs to break the window. A car key is kind of like a password on a non-physically locked down computer, or one where the passwordless guest account has admin access.

Re:Dear Sysadmin (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about 4 years ago | (#33085462)

We could have a company with no IT department. Oh it wouldn't run nearly as well, because you are an important SUPPORT function. But it would still bumble along somehow.

Maybe at a small business, but just try running a 50+ sized business without any IT. Your company would probably run swimmingly for the first year, have virus problems the next, catastrophic hardware failures and data loss the third, and then you'd sell the old computers without wiping the harddrives, and your business would then face legal troubles. IT may be a support role, but it's a mid-high educated support role, like a paralegal or a nurse (and a lot of us have a Masters in CS, but just don't like programming). Stop treating us like ditchdiggers. BTW, did you find that token yet? We can't get you back on the network with out it.

Re:Dear Sysadmin (3, Informative)

arth1 (260657) | about 4 years ago | (#33085712)

Dear Anonymous Coward

You are about to be subjected to a rant.

System Administrators generally don't work for the IT department, at least not in the way you seem to think. The IT department is where you find the Windows support people, while the System Administrator is the one who fixes things when the IT department has messed up, and implements safeguards to make it harder for IT to mess up, and easier to clean up when they succeed in doing it anyhow.

To use a language you might understand, a System Administrator is to IT PC support like an accountant is to a payroll clerk.

And yes, it's very conceivable that a small company can do without a sysadmin on the payroll. Just like they can do without an accountant on the payroll. The services can be purchased outside the company when needed.

But when the brown stuff hits the revolving blades, you may be glad you have them.

System Administrator Appreciation Day is about letting them know you appreciate all the times they have kept the faeces away from the chopping action, without you even noticing.
The better the sysadmin is, the lazier and more overpaid you think he is, because his success can be measured in all the bad things that doesn't happen. When your network didn't go down while your suit buddy's network did, you get upset with the sysadmin because e-mails to your buddy bounce while your buddy's network is down. You don't appreciate him for your network being up, despite all the things you and your suit friends have done to bring it down, including (but not limited to) surfing teen pr0n from your overpriced notebook while at a hotel room, bringing infected USB keys from home, "bringing" a printer home because you thought nobody used it (in reality, it would print out ALERTS, which thankfully weren't that often), or buying inadequate and overpriced hardware to scratch the back of your suit buddies at the nineteenth hole, blatantly ignorant of the problems interfacing yellow crap to brown crap. No, you leave that problem to the IT department, who can't tell crap from their own shoes (with good reason). So when the sysadmin fixes things to at least working conditions, you get upset because he isn't productive, and doesn't give you a big smile.

Dear Anonymous Coward, if you took the time to look things over, you might be astonished to find that the company does better when you are on vacation than it does when the sysadmin is. Perhaps you aren't as indispensable as you think?

Re:Dear Sysadmin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33086912)

Dear Sysadmin,

We could have a company with no IT department. Oh it wouldn't run nearly as well, because you are an important SUPPORT function. But it would still bumble along somehow. But it doesn't work the other way around. You can't fire everyone else and leave just the IT department, because then there'd be no one for you to support and no reason for you to exist.

So start acting like you understand that you're here to support me, and I'll start appreciating you more.

The happy sysadmin day will be the one one of us will rip with his bare hands the heart out the chest of one of you.

Sincerely, have yourself a bowl of dicks.

Re:Dear Sysadmin (1)

holiggan (522846) | about 4 years ago | (#33087232)

First of all, it's not to "support you". It's to support the company, with the tools it needs to do bussiness. No, that shinny laptop that your company assigned to you is not "yours". It's the company's. I know it's a tough concept, but it's lot's of people seem to forget about it.

Second, for more and more companies, IT isn't just a SUPPORT function. It's part of the core. IT downtime due to people that don't understand that they are using company property and not using their "cute toys" from home can cause serious financial problems. Yes, the company could "bumble along somehow". Its just that it might go bankrupt with the losses. Try to stop all the IT from a logistics company and say that "it's just support, the core is the trucks that move stuff!" and see what happens.

Third, I've seen companies composed entirely of IT people. Small, medium companies. And they survive. In fact, they thrive. You know why? Because IT people usually are curious about other things, and pretty intelligent, and able to take a leap of faith and try something else, if it comes to it. We are used to be able to adapt quickly. We are used to fend for ourselves, many times without a single drop of training/appreciation. But you know what? Anyone that wants to start a business, at some point says something like "hey, who's gonna take care of the computer stuff?". Yeah. You're gonna need an IT guy somewhere along the line. Oh, you can do it yourself, of course. Just wait until you loose 5 years of archived email to and from clients (that you must *legally* have), because your email server ran out of hard disk space, because the backups keep failing and you don't know why and never cared, because, hey, IT is just support, and anyone can do this right?

Fourth. IT is probably the number one department that knows its just supporting the "core" business. Sometimes the problem is the people in the other departments that have no clue what their place in the company is. It's easy to tell an IT department "get me a softwarez that manages relations with customers", but if the department that needs it doesn't have a clue about processes, about customer care, about what do actually do when a customer rings, it's kind of hard to make things work.

Fifth, please try not to be so arrogant about other people's jobs. You never know when your own job will be turned obsolete, and you might have to swallow your own words. And you can keep your "appreciation". As long as our direct managers know we are doing a good job, and shielding us from pointless, personal, idiotic attacks like your kind, we don't need any more "appreciation".

IT people are not be perfect. IT might be "complicated", and "make your head hurt". But please don't bash people needlessly. Everything you said could be said about top management and CEOs and director's boards. But I bet that you wouldn't have the guts to tell it to their faces.

Re:Dear Sysadmin (1)

FoolishOwl (1698506) | about 4 years ago | (#33087604)

Car manufacturers? Cars just get people to and from work. They're just support. Doctors? They just support people's health. Farmers? Carpenters? Teachers? Engineers? All just support for other people, so they can do their real work.

What most human beings do is support other human beings. The few who don't are parasites. Human societies are interdependent ecosystems.

if you want to be appreciated (-1, Troll)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | about 4 years ago | (#33084386)

Then offer to work minimum wage.

Otherwise, consider the extra pay gratitude.

Oh Great (1)

Linker3000 (626634) | about 4 years ago | (#33084408)

It's 1707 in the UK and I am just about to leave for home. NOW YOU TELL ME - so no cakes and flowers for me then.

Re:Oh Great (4, Funny)

Eevee (535658) | about 4 years ago | (#33084686)

It's 1707 in the UK...

It's okay, you've got a couple of hundred years before you need to worry about computers. Watch out for the Jacquard loom, that will be showing up in only 94 years.

Re:Oh Great (1)

Linker3000 (626634) | about 4 years ago | (#33085260)

Hmm, I thought that leaving out the colon would set that up nicely.

/Posting from home now - that's one (the only!) benefit of working in a rural office; a 10 minute drive home through the countryside.

Re:Oh Great (1)

FoolishOwl (1698506) | about 4 years ago | (#33087720)

You know, for some time now I've been thinking that the Doctor really needs a good sysadmin to straighten out the TARDIS. It's good he's finally got one.

Another day. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33084512)

I'm the sysadmin, among other things.
If something figuratively burns down and I have to fix it in odd hours, I get thanked for it, and I'm able to take paid time off.
That's okay I guess.

And as with all the other named days of recognition, I will disregard it.

Re:Another day. (1)

kaatochacha (651922) | about 4 years ago | (#33091226)

What is this mysterious "Paid Time Off " of which you speak?

Well gee... (1)

Phics (934282) | about 4 years ago | (#33084548)

It seems nice to have a day for it... people don't care or even notice that System Admins exist until something goes wrong, and then they are simply blamed until it goes right again.

I did my part. (4, Funny)

RingDev (879105) | about 4 years ago | (#33084598)

I opened a trouble ticket with the text "Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day!"

-Rick

Re:I did my part. (2, Funny)

Bandman (86149) | about 4 years ago | (#33085110)

Ticket closed. Resolution: Beer Acquired.

Re:I did my part. (3, Funny)

Linker3000 (626634) | about 4 years ago | (#33085278)

Don't forget to respond in about 3 days and then escalate the ticket to second or third line for action.

If I did that my boss would open one on me (1)

Dex1331 (1810146) | about 4 years ago | (#33088154)

Unfortunately my upstream would not appreciate me calling attention to SAAD in such a manner so unless I want a trouble ticket opened on me, I will have to keep it to myself.

Non-Holiday (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33084608)

That's like having a day for sasquatch. A Happy System Administrator? Doesn't exist!

Silly Holiday! (3, Funny)

Wh15per (1526101) | about 4 years ago | (#33084994)

My wife told me this holiday was a bunch of garabge. So I told her no more flowers on Administrative Professionals' Day. And then I DDoS'd her server. Haha!

Definitely not unique (1)

Angst Badger (8636) | about 4 years ago | (#33085012)

"In the past year, [sysadmins'] pay has dropped, and more of their positions are being farmed out to temporary workers."

Sysadmins... and everyone else.

That said, cheers to all the sysadmins out there and thanks for all the hard work!

Somebody remembered... (2, Informative)

acoustix (123925) | about 4 years ago | (#33085038)

Somebody must have been reading the intranet site at my company because this year people brought in food for the I.T. department. It's on the company event calendar. I'm stuffed. The food and appreciation makes me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.

Re:Somebody remembered... (1)

p3bf (459005) | about 4 years ago | (#33085268)

You trust eating food given to you by other people employed at your company? The IT staff at places where I've worked don't even leave their lunches in the company fridge. Perhaps they were overcautious, but all it takes is one vengeful person.

Re:Somebody remembered... (4, Funny)

acoustix (123925) | about 4 years ago | (#33085578)

I've had a vision of my death and it involves some Windows Server 2008 R2 machines becoming self aware and plotting my death. So unfortunately I trust my coworkers more than my Windows servers.

For what it's worth, my Cisco gear did try to save my life and fight them off.

Re:Somebody remembered... (1)

Dog-Cow (21281) | about 4 years ago | (#33085738)

If the food is making you feel fuzzy inside, you probably shouldn't have eaten it.

Thanks! (1)

molecular (311632) | about 4 years ago | (#33085250)

thanks for making the tubes work, keep it up!

This.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33085328)

is a SAAD day for all of us.

Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33085426)

Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day... Humpf!

That's easy... when will we have our own Appreciaton Day, us grumpy admins?

Bollocks!

They like temps as they don need health care to be (0, Offtopic)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | about 4 years ago | (#33085538)

They like temps as they don need health care to be pay for by the work place and that why worker cost so much in the usa the high cost of health care that over seas that work places do not pay for.

Nice to be Appreciated (1)

helix2301 (1105613) | about 4 years ago | (#33085586)

It's nice to have a day you are appreciated. Next time you send that e-mail, save that document or IM your friend please remember all the hard work that goes into those services.

Re:Nice to be Appreciated (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | about 4 years ago | (#33085816)

I appreciate anyone who does work I can't or don't want to do. A day of appreciation is nice but a few moments on a regular basis are better. I know it's the janitor's job to empty my garbage can but I still thank him for doing it.

Why did I use the janitor in my example? Because he deals with a lot of garbage and doesn't get much credit for it either.

Re:Nice to be Appreciated (1)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | about 4 years ago | (#33089752)

When the cleaning crew comes by to empty my trash cans, I thank them.

Every time I'm working late and they come to my cube.

hmm (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 4 years ago | (#33086530)

Happy [insert job your paid for doing here] day.

Mamby pamby whiny crap.

Re:hmm (1)

Mister Whirly (964219) | about 4 years ago | (#33087784)

The funny thing is that a little appreciation can go a long way, and costs the company little or nothing. Secretaries get free lunches, flowers, cards, etc. so why not Sys Admins?

Yay you. (1)

danwesnor (896499) | about 4 years ago | (#33087282)

Yay you. Here's a $%^&ing cookie. Now get the $%^@ back to work and hit your $%&^ing ticket quota!

why? (1)

SuperDre (982372) | about 4 years ago | (#33088040)

Just like secretary-day, I find this a BS-day.. Why would a sysadmin have a special day? what is so special about him/her that they need a special day? You're getting paid to do the job you were hired for, just like any other person is being paid for the job he/she does and they don't get a special day.. it's just big BS...

UK sys admins have a site (1)

ferrgle (945967) | about 4 years ago | (#33089352)

And dont forget that the official UK sys admin day site is at http://www.sysadminday.co.uk/ [sysadminday.co.uk]
I am confident that it wont get slashdotted.
Mainly because nobody cares about sys admins

Although I must admit that lots in work liked that I took in cakes!

What? Fill a Boss' e-mail address into a webform? (1)

mysidia (191772) | about 4 years ago | (#33090282)

No self-respecting sysadmin would dare sign their boss up for (er) spam, would they?

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