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Poetry For Sysadmins: Shall I Compare Thee To a Lumbering Bear?

samzenpus posted about 4 months ago | from the admin-admin-burning-bright-in-the-office-fluorescent-light dept.

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itwbennett writes Don't forget that July 25th is Sysadmin Day — a good day to show love to the folks who save your butt again and again when you mess up your computer. Forget the chocolate and flowers, long-time sysadmin Sandra Henry-Stocker has tailored some poems to celebrate these under appreciated, hard-working souls.

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Rise up. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47528975)

All sysadmins, rise up today. The world is yours for the taking. Nothing can stop you. You hold the keys.

Sandra? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47529021)

Hmm. That's a weird name for a guy.

some? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47529049)

I guess 2 is "some".

Re:some? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47529085)

I guess 2 is "some".

Try scrolling down. Geez...

Re:some? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47529095)

I guess 2 is "some".

Try scrolling down. Geez...

Scroll down? What the hell are you talking about? There are only two.

Re: some? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47529165)

Try scrolling with your middle finger

People are talking about this all over the net. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47529151)

Check it out. It's very cool.

Guess it's not the greatest day. (2)

KruiserX (1008455) | about 4 months ago | (#47529157)

Especially at http://sysadminday.com/ [sysadminday.com] Site is already down.

Re:Guess it's not the greatest day. (4, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | about 4 months ago | (#47529947)

Maybe they should have projected some extra traffic on sysadmin day. I hope their sysadmin didn't take the day off.

Re:Guess it's not the greatest day. (1)

Dr. Tom (23206) | about 4 months ago | (#47531363)

LOL

ACK! Ignore! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47529187)

Please, for the love of your own mental health, do not click the story's hyperlink to the poems.
They are just bad. I might not have been able to do better if I was in kindergarten. By third grade, yes, I could have. If I just spent five or ten minutes trying.

If you want something to lighten your mood today, check out Despair.com [despair.com] or spend some time reading XKCD [xkcd.com] . And if you don't get XXKCD, there is ExplainXKCD [expalinxkcd.com] which can help.

But, please, please, please, don't read those poems that the story's hyperlink points to. They're worse than awful.

Re:ACK! Ignore! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47529257)

Thank you. I unfortunately went to the page to read the poems. They actually depressed me :)
Damn, I wish I knew that it was SysAdmin day. Screw it, I am taking a partial day off :)

Re: ACK! Ignore! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47529293)

sysadmin poetry == Vogon poetry

Re:ACK! Ignore! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47529591)

If you don't get xkcd, there's xkcdexplained [tumblr.com] , or xkcdsucks [blogspot.com] , or xkcd-sucks [blogspot.com] , or xkcdisntfunny [blogspot.co.uk] .

There are two questions whose both correct answers correlate pretty highly with whether I'm going to get along with someone casually:

  • Do you like cats? Answers "yes";
  • Do you like xkcd? Answers "no".

Speaking as a sysadmin (3, Insightful)

Psiren (6145) | about 4 months ago | (#47529307)

If I find myself fixing someone's computer, then someone else is not doing their job properly. That's why we have (competent) help-desk staff. As a sysadmin I'm far too busy looking after servers, storage and network to worry about your PC. If I'm doing my job properly, you'll never see me.

Re:Speaking as a sysadmin (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 4 months ago | (#47529345)

Smaller organisations have not enough servers or users to justify separate staff, so it's not uncommon to see a sysadmin who also does support, or support staff who also admin the couple of servers the office needs.

Re:Speaking as a sysadmin (2)

niado (1650369) | about 4 months ago | (#47530567)

Smaller organisations have not enough servers or users to justify separate staff, so it's not uncommon to see a sysadmin who also does support, or support staff who also admin the couple of servers the office needs.

I would say this situation is not just "not uncommon", but ubiquitous.

I would even say that most people whose job title is some derivative of "system administrator" do at least some end-user or desktop support as part of their day-to-day job duties.

Re:Speaking as a sysadmin (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47529407)

If I find myself fixing someone's computer, then someone else is not doing their job properly. That's why we have (competent) help-desk staff. As a sysadmin I'm far too busy looking after servers, storage and network to worry about your PC. If I'm doing my job properly, you'll never see me.

You're right, you should be only looking after server because that is the job that can easily be outsorced to third world.

Re:Speaking as a sysadmin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47531119)

I'm a sysadmin too and if I'm doing my job improperly, you'll definitely never see me. I'm like a ghost, man.

Poetry says ReadMe ... (1)

Forget4it (530598) | about 4 months ago | (#47529427)

README
http://www.advogato.org/person/ReadMe/diary.html?start=9#0 [advogato.org]

+ Like most public domain distributions this package contains a README.
+ Unlike those packages, this one contains ***only*** a README.


Bootstrap
begin
{
  • I write therefore you are reading;
    else you are reading then someone has been writing;
    I am that someone;
    I am a literature machine;

}

Wrong audience (1, Troll)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about 4 months ago | (#47529435)

Poetry isn't for left-brained types. It is the province of free-thinkers, of artists, it's not really intended for anyone else. The low number of comments on this article is evidence enough nobody cares.

"Poetry is nobody's business except the poet's," wrote Philip Larkin, "and everybody else can fuck off."

Re:Wrong audience (4, Insightful)

UncHellMatt (790153) | about 4 months ago | (#47529651)

And as the near immortal Lazarus Long once said, "A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits." The whole "left brain - right brain" concept has been thoroughly disproven BTW. http://www.plosone.org/article... [plosone.org]

Anonymous jewels (1)

Keruo (771880) | about 4 months ago | (#47529579)

I find this comment [slashdot.org] very suiting, too bad he said Mordor rather than Redmond..

You guys had me at sudo pkill -9 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47530077)

(Apologies to Jerry Maguire)

Do not Rhyme (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 4 months ago | (#47530085)

The poems do not even rhyme.

my poem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47530089)

July 25th is Sysadmin Day

Of what might I of you compare?
When using windows I just sit at the desktop and stare
When using linux it just runs without pain
Maybe I should say it again
When using windows I am in trouble
When using linux it works to the double
But that is only thanks to you
You set my computer up, and suddenly you are through
One two minutes and it is done
Dont have to wait for the programs to run
It just works out of the box
Ubuntu 14.04 rocks
So thanks Sysadmin for making my day

http://www.o-madsen.dk/skriverier/digte/2014/105-July_25th_is_Sysadmin%20Day.php

Beer (2)

grasshoppa (657393) | about 4 months ago | (#47530409)

Seriously.

Cool and good sysadmins (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47530647)

The sysadmins I meet in the past were intelligents, sensibles, good-willing and good working peoples. One of them loved photography. Another one told us how he liked to give good food to his family.

Haiku (1)

mendax (114116) | about 4 months ago | (#47533939)

I think changing the messages produced by 404 pages so that they produce haiku similar o that produced by BeOS its NetPositive browser runs into a problem would be funny, especially if the sysadmin doesn't know about it!

Unix ro Dummies (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47534221)

This book had a section on how to treat your system admin.
Thought it was great when I first saw it. and it still applies.

I would say a card with money to be spent on drinks,food and a summer super hero movie, would be great.

signed a ex unix/vax/mainframe system admin

Global audience - lobal timezones (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47547153)

and a note for the sysadmins of Slashdot.
One day you will realise the global audience and effect of TIMEZONES.
Either use your CMS to publish stuff in the LOCAL users timezone... or put this stuff out12 -> 24 hours before you are so those of us 10, 12 or more hours ahead of the Slashdot servers see date sensitive stuff on BEFORE the day, rather than AFTER.

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