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Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the thanks-for-the-uptime dept.

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alphadogg writes "It's the last Friday in July. Have you hugged your system administrators today? Bought a cake? Picked up the tab for lunch? There's still time to show your thanks for the unsung heroes who keep corporate desktops, servers and networks running. Today is System Administrator Appreciation Day, an annual event thought up by IT pro Ted Kekatos. A company picnic and an old HP advertisement sparked the idea for the first SysAdmin Day, now in its 12th year."

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Happy Self Esteem Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36920936)

I appreciate myself!

Happy System Administrator Day (2)

cosm (1072588) | more than 2 years ago | (#36920938)

The servers are down.

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (2)

BlueMikey (1112869) | more than 2 years ago | (#36920972)

I would appreciate it if my company fired the current sysadmins and hired someone competent.

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921254)

Thanks, I've deleted your e-mail invitation to the picnic. And your home drive. And the backups. Still working on your Google accounts.

Love,
Your Incompetent SysAdmin

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (1)

GooberToo (74388) | more than 2 years ago | (#36922016)

Thanks, I've deleted your e-mail invitation to the picnic. And your home drive. And the backups. Still working on your Google accounts.

Ah ha! Proof you're not the admin he's talking about. Had you been the administrator, you wouldn't know how to do those things. Perhaps you have a paranoid chip on your shoulder and should be fired too.

Your Incompetent SysAdmin

"Your paranoid, delusional, malicious, SysAdmin who wasn't being discussed."

There, fixed that for you.

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921034)

Yeah, actually I do have a server down right now. :)

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921054)

I was fucking in last night at 00:15 when we lost power. And I was here until 03:30 when power had been back on for an hour and I brought the servers up in their proper order. I then slept in a hotel room on my own dime, because I was back in at 07:20 today.

I'll work until 17:30 today. We've had so many storms in the area that I have gotten 7 hours or less sleep every night for the past two weeks. This means I give up my hobbies on the weekend, as I am too fucking tired to compete safely.

But does anyone give a rats ass about this? No. They are pissed off that I missed the first 20 minutes of a company wide meeting because I was monitoring circuits that had wet Smartjacks in order to make sure that the branches stay up.

Fuck system admin day. I'm going back to school.

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921084)

:(

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921110)

Is it not balanced by days where there is very little to do?

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921204)

Unfortunatly I work in a ISP/Corp-consulting firm. There is always some fire to put out or some project that's had it's deadline moved up.

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921160)

Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays...

Dude, don't do it. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921210)

Fuck system admin day. I'm going back to school.

For what? Nursing? Things suck really bad for them too and if you take in consideration all the nurses that have been pumped out lately, there will be a glut soon - because of the cuts currently happening, jobs are hard to come buy (my wife is a nurse who was just let go: all these people out of work have no insurance and therefore medical is suffering too).

Dental school? I know a dentist who was laid off and he had a HUGE problem getting a job.

Law school or Med school? Good luck with that.

MBA?! NFW. I got one and it was the most worthless waste of time and money in my life.

Yeah, I know it sucks and there's a lot of bullshit and nighttime shit, but the grass only looks greener on the other side. You got a job and sys admins are still enjoying some job security. Take it from me: suck it up and take it because I don't know of any profession that's doing well now - other than CEO of a multinational corporation.

Re:Dude, don't do it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921268)

Apply for elected office. They always seem to get paid more every year and they never have layoffs.

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921246)

Why don't you leave that shit hole and work some place that has UPS and generators, and doesn't have a leaking roof?

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921296)

poor baby, sounds like every day of my life since i've started a family... i haven't had a good night's sleep in 3 years! :-b

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921570)

No matter how many failed disks you have to swap or backups you have to restore, at least at 3am your servers aren't screaming at you until you clean up their feces and feed them.

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921330)

Might I suggest nursing school? The hours are often weird, but that's not always bad (e.g. three 12-hour days on, four days off). And demand will only go up, no matter how fixed-up or fucked-up the health care system gets. Not a great choice if you can't handle body fluids or you got into tech because you hate dealing with people, but for some people it's the perfect career if they need to get out of one they hate.

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (2)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921772)

why would he want a cut in pay and worse hours?

Plus, who wants a nurse as whiny as he is?

Do you know (-1, Offtopic)

jabberw0k (62554) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921332)

Do you know how to speak without swearing?

Re:Do you know (1, Insightful)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921398)

Do you realize that the concept of "swear" words is completely ridiculous, arbitrary, and vary greatly from culture to culture?

Re:Do you know (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921668)

Who gives a flying cholaflazwhyng about that? Plymble off and get back to work - juznuxer!

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921684)

I can't be the only sysadmin here who reads this and says, "Funny, that's 10 times better than I have it."

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (2)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921208)

My mother told me that good servers don't go down.

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921446)

but your momma sure does!

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (1)

archen (447353) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921454)

That's one of the things that often sucks most about IT: You often don't get to choose the server, software or support, but you get stuck fixing it all the time. Oh, and you still get blamed for how much it sucks.

Re:Happy System Administrator Day (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921482)

You mother didn't fsck enough.

About the budgets, people forget (1)

Quila (201335) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921744)

The DoD has a $19 billion space budget too.

This includes the GPS system, weather satellites and communications.

Re:About the budgets, people forget (1)

cosm (1072588) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921888)

Good to know, I'll probably adjust those statistics accordingly. They're a bit rough around the edges and averaged from multiple sources. Still, even knowing there's an additional 19B, it doesn't stack up against all the other programs (military and entitlements), and hence my intended point about long term priorities.

And... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36920944)

Not a single fuck was given.

Re:And... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36920994)

Not a single fuck was given.

Or had.

Re:And... (2)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921036)

Like a solider, you are appreciated once you are no longer around to do the job. It sucks, but that's often the only way any of us gets appreciated.

Are they worthy? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36920980)

We have several people in our department who are much more competent than our sysadmins. It seems like a constant battle. We often have to explain to them how the best way to do things is and why they are not doing it correctly. They probably need to pay the position more money so that competent people will choose that career path and not the more lucrative one that is our primary business and what butters our bread.

Re:Are they worthy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921046)

Yea, I mean, I once met a secretary who didn't give me a message, so we should cancel Secretary's Day while we're at it. And my buddy's mom is serious bitch, so there goes Mother's Day. Obviously I don't know your sysadmins, but I think the reason sysadmins deserve a day is much the same why secretaries and nurses have one: we work long fucking hours for shitty pay and have to listen to assholes like you who are certain our job is easy and they could do it better.

Re:Are they worthy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921168)

Well said!!

Devs call you an arsehole cause you won't let them have full admin rights to run some shitty script, go crying to management, the mangement then tell you to open it up! You try to state why you said "No" get told you're being difficult, getting the way and "incompetent"! Bollocks! I get paid to protect the system and keep it in a consistent state so it works 99.9% of the time. If devs had their way security would be an after-thought, what am I saying, it often fucking is when they're involved!

Re:Are they worthy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921220)

Man, you have separate sys admins and developers? Like, as in two people? WOW! Some people are soooo lucky.

Re:Are they worthy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921674)

if i don't have FULL admin rights on my computer, you better shackle my hands, and poke my eyes, because that's how i feel when i sit on such a shitty computer.

Re:Are they worthy? (2)

Feyshtey (1523799) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921790)

Pay is only half of the issue.

You would just be paying people more to come to work to listen to "more competent people" tell you to just shut up and do what they are asking you to do while explaining why it has to be done that way, but :
- dont understand you are doing exactly what your boss (and theirs) tells you that you're required to do by company policy.
- have no clue that their code sucks ass and has massive resource leaks that caused the problem in the first place (not POS servers with shitty administration).
- are asking you to changing routing and code in such a way that it's sending everything in triplicate and saturating the network which is the source of the latency (not a POS network managed by idiots).
- have no clue that if you comply with the request and give them some minor convenience or allow them to avoid actually having to design a solution, you will break the 10 other business unit's that use the same servers and/or network.
- have no clue that what you're asking is an inherent security risk, and telling me that it's such a hardship for you to keep track of two whole passwords instead of one doesnt make it any less of a risk.
- have no clue that just because Windows will allow you to do it, doesn't mean it's smart to do it. (Yes, I suppose you could nest directories 100 deep, but I'm not an idiot because I wont try to figure out how to make the anti-virus scans run faster on it just because you have the orginazational skills of a baboon in heat.)

I could probably spend the rest of today writing more of these... I really have to start a blog.

Hmmm (5, Funny)

Legion303 (97901) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921024)

My wife always comes to me when the computers act up. I think I can leverage this into a blowjob.

Re:Hmmm (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921090)

Well, I gave my sysadmin a hand job for doing well.

You know, there are times I hate being my own IT guy.

Re:Hmmm (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921504)

If you give him a blowjob he'll give you even better uptime. It takes some flexibility, but it's worth it.

Posters (1)

epdp14 (1318641) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921044)

Anyone have a pdf of a poster I can place on my office door? I need to remind the cretins in the accounting office outside.

Re:Posters (1)

Pvt_Waldo (459439) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921406)

Don't put up the posters unless you've got the guts to call them cretins to their faces. And don't be surprised at the reaction you get.

Re:Posters (2)

epdp14 (1318641) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921436)

I call them cretins every day. I am not sure if they know what it means, however. I try to confuse them by saying it in a light, cheery tone like "How are my cretins doing today?"

needs a hallmark card (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921078)

it isnt a real day until it has a hallmark card.

Also National Chicken Wing Day in the US (1)

kenrblan (1388237) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921114)

I don't think it's a coincidence. System Admins deserve some free chicken wing love today.

Re:Also National Chicken Wing Day in the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921348)

Hooters here I come!

Pieday Friday is useful now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921132)

Ill hug the one guy that does everything, the 4 useless ones will get a pie in the face.

I got to drive the company car for the first time (0)

sandytaru (1158959) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921164)

2005 xTerra. It was an experience. I also brought in cookies for everyone else in the office to share with me.

Re:I got to drive the company car for the first ti (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921232)

Did you really just brag that you drove an old Nissan SUV? Set your sights a bit higher and you might crest 60k IT drone.

Re:I got to drive the company car for the first ti (1)

sandytaru (1158959) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921470)

It was a fun adventure and an excuse to get away from my computer. Also a much nicer car than my ratty old 97 Honda Accord.

Face it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921174)

Face it. Nobody likes you. This "holiday" is a sham. It is worse than national frozen food month.

Re:Face it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921726)

But I though National Frozen Food Month was SysAdmin Day? What am I supposed to do with all these Hot Pockets, pizzas, and burritos.

Hugging a sysadmin? (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921178)

No, I haven't hugged my sysadmin, and I probably won't do so - something about not wanting to get multicolored greasy stains on my shirt.

Re:Hugging a sysadmin? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921616)

they should just hug themselves (posted from ubuntu client which didn't have traceroute installed)

Not a good idea (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921196)

if you live in a country like Saudi Arabia. They may think you are gay or you are having a relationship and in both ways you end up in jail :P

Never met my system admin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921272)

Ext. 26492, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, he doesn't even seem to take a lunch break, that's all I need to know.

SA is the BOFH (2)

Creepy (93888) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921276)

I think my SA is the BOFH [wikipedia.org]... a hug may get me killed... or committed. I'll stick to the Code Hack zone, where it is safe I think.

Does this mean (2)

Grand Facade (35180) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921302)

I'll get fair pay,

and an 8 hour day?

Re:Does this mean (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921736)

Paul, get back to work and stop complaining for the thousandth time! Make sure those TPS reports are on my desk by COB too.

Re:Does this mean (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921820)

Find a job that treat their employees better. Or get a labor lawyer t give you an opinion of what salary means in your state. Tenh sue for back OT, and settle for company policy that sys admins get OT. Suddenly all those little daily emergencys aren't as important.

SysOp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921324)

When I was a kid, back in the days of BBS's and their SysOps's. I allways wanted he title of SysOP, now they call it SysAdmin.. bummer. I was a reall BBS SysOp fora year or so though way back when..

Re:SysOp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36921556)

Ops are different than Admins.

Re:SysOp (1)

NetNed (955141) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921682)

Sort of. The sysop usually would have people who used the BBS they OPerated be sysadmins of certain parts of the BBS. That didn't mean that the sysop didn't do any administration though, as most times it was the sysop that created or ok'ed new accounts and gave permissions. Maintain the BBS for the most part came down to the sysop also. Sysadmins were really akin to moderators on forums now.

Thanks! (1)

HaZardman27 (1521119) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921334)

As much friction as there can be between sysadmins and developers (devs not giving proper instructions, sysadmins not notifying us about "scheduled" server maintenance, the hassle of trying to get production logs...) I can still appreciate it that it's not my ass on the line when servers go down in the middle of the night. Thanks, and I hope you have time tonight to enjoy a beer!

Everyday is SysAdmin day (2)

Uloi (1996356) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921378)

You always have to kiss their butts to do anything. 1/2 the time they are in the server room playing WOW.

***Blow Me A Rasberry*** (1)

tunapez (1161697) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921496)

Another 'special' day, oh joy. I like how every day is special anymore. Mom assures me I'm special, too
 
Tomorrow is 'Cat Walkers' Day! Grab a leash it's gonna be special!

Artificial appreciation days (3, Insightful)

grimmjeeper (2301232) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921604)

If sysadmins were more consistently good, we wouldn't need to manufacture a day to "appreciate" them. One of the reasons sysadmins are under appreciated is because a non-trivial percentage of them aren't worth spit. Sure, I've worked with some incredible admins and appreciated every second of their time. But I've worked with some pretty clueless idiots who had no business whatsoever coming anywhere near a computer. Nobody remembers the good admins because everything just works and no one needs to call them. Unfortunately, that means that the only admins you really do remember are the ones who couldn't figure out how to pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel. And that is what is really not fair for the good admins and why they are under appreciated.

So, for all the good admins out there, kudos to you. You should be appreciated on more than just one day arbitrarily chosen out of the year. For the rest, well, mother always said if you didn't have anything nice to say don't say anything. I don't have anything to say to you.

Re:Artificial appreciation days (1)

Feyshtey (1523799) | more than 2 years ago | (#36922010)

Good sys admins are generally smart enough to quit so they can find work that doesnt involve hand-holding clueless jackasses.

Meh (0)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921618)

every company I have ever worked for has had some douche clown in that position

one cause the guy knew how to install a hard disk
one cause the guy installed the bosses surround sound
and the last one cause he knew how to install windows, and the company just moved cross country

so no, fuck the admins, they are worthless dolts that take 6 fucking weeks to run 1 god damned phone line and then they just twist two wires together covered with masking tape keeping me out of a real position

And once again... (1)

EvilStein (414640) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921692)

not a single fuck about us was given that day. But god forbid you forget "Secretary Appreciation Week" or whatever it is. :/

Back to the basement, cube trolls!

Re:And once again... (1)

Kaffien (635219) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921784)

In honor of this day go home early and watch 'the IT crowd' it will speak to you I'm sure.

Re:And once again... (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921848)

Did you tell anyone? Did you get it on the company calendar? No? well then how the fuck will anyone know?

Good administrators (2)

OhEd (877009) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921706)

We are down to one part-time sysadmin, and she does a terrific job. I've seen lousy sysadmins, and know well to appreciate a good one. Now if only management appreciated her as well!

Re:Good administrators (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921864)

Management won't appreciate anything unless it is properly spelled out i a report, along with costs and saving.

we're celebrating in the office (1)

nimbius (983462) | more than 2 years ago | (#36921838)

by going out for pizza!!

after this resilvering finishes and someone figures out why the sql replication for the dedicated masters is latent but sometime a little later than the cron jobs for the reporting run and hopefully before anybody finds out we're not going to be in the skip-level meeting for the transition team that will probably prevent us from fixing that mailqueue inode issue brent reported yesterday but mira hasnt bugged yet because dev pushed new changes to the production environment ticketing system yesterday that we need to roll back sometime this evening.....

after the pizza i guess...or before?
argh, hang on someone just hit me up on jabber about that mysql lag thing again.
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