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System Administrator Appreciation Day

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the thanks-for-the-passwords-guys dept.

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jcookeman writes "Today is System Administrator Appreciation Day: 'a special day, once a year, to acknowledge the worthiness and appreciation of the person occupying the role, especially as it is often this person who really keeps the wheels of your company turning.' Congratulations to all who keep the electrons of our global networks flowing properly!"

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Congrats! (5, Funny)

xintegerx (557455) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195222)

Now, get back to work, Michael! Yes, YOU!

Kiss My Admin Ass! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195414)

-Michael

Re:Congrats! (2, Funny)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195481)

Happy Sys Admin day Ravesh!

How was last night's cricket game?

dear sysadmin (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195224)

you are like a gay with the aids

First Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195226)

First Post

Are you kidding me? (5, Funny)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195229)

Developers and SysAdmins are mortal enemies! What's with this "Appreciation" stuff?

(I kid, I kid!)

Re:Are you kidding me? (5, Funny)

thhamm (764787) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195363)

Damn. I do both. Now i know where this death wish comes from!

Re:Are you kidding me? (1)

nate nice (672391) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195419)

Indeed. It's always my pleasure after working on some crazy code all week calling the sysadmins to give my system a facelift. It's like having your own...sysadmin I guess. I feel like a total primadonna because I refuse to do repairs on my computers. It's awesome.

Where's my present? (5, Funny)

ProfaneBaby (821276) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195231)

No, really,internet goes down today if there's not something on my desk by noon.

Re:Where's my present? (1)

pdbogen (596723) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195391)

I second.

I don't want flowers and candy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195234)

Since this it MY day I wan't everyone in my (consulting) company to line up and receive the tip of my shoe in his/her ass.

Happy SAD day (3, Funny)

kevin_conaway (585204) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195237)

Wish everyone a Happy SAD day. Watch the confusion spread across their faces..

Re:Happy SAD day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195283)

"SAD day" is redundant, the "D" already stands for "day". Kills the joke, I know... I'm just anally retentive like that. Guess I'd make a good sysadmin *rimshot*

Re:Happy SAD day (1)

kevin_conaway (585204) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195394)

Are you the same type of person who complains about PIN Number and ATM Machine? Who cares?

Things like that help give context to a person who otherwise doesn't know. Saying "Happy SAD" to a person doesn't really provide any meaningful information about whats going on. "Happy SAD Day" at least lets the person know that its some sort of holiday. It also forms a complete sentence :)

Re:Happy SAD day (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195409)

Hey kevin. Shut up, nigger.

Re:Happy SAD day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195422)

My pet peeve is "SDK Kit".

No kidding (1)

Ham_belony (820906) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195239)

That is why I could rtfm anyone today! They are all out celebrating.

Is This Like Secretaries' Day? (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195240)

Should I send flowers?

...and people wonder why American Worker productivity has begun to lag...

Blocked! (5, Funny)

mpatmcg (75337) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195241)

Our sysadmin(s) blocked the site! They must not want to be appriciated.

Re:Blocked! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195337)

Mine's blocked too. Huzzah for websense!

Too bad... (4, Insightful)

Teddy_Roosevelt (757045) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195242)

you're so buried in emergencies you won't be able to enjoy it...

Seriously (1)

Twyford (322467) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195253)

No Presents? The guess who gets our monthly spam dumped into their mailbox?

We need a service... (1)

jacobcaz (91509) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195254)

We need a service to remind us of all these odd-ball "holidays".

The only "day" I can remember is Avogadro's day because 6.02 x 10^23 was DRILLED into my skull by my high school chem teacher.

Maybe all these "days" could be posted in advance or turned into a Hallmark card or something. I can't remember them all!

Re:We need a service... (0, Redundant)

bornyesterday (888994) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195282)

Pi Day = April 14 (3/14) Approximately Pi Day = July 22 (22/7)

Re:We need a service... (1)

ucahg (898110) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195317)

Pi Day = April 14 (3/14)

March 14?

Re:We need a service... (1)

numark (577503) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195338)

March is the third month of the year (for Pi Day), not April ;)

Re:We need a service... (1)

bornyesterday (888994) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195455)

Yeah, that too. I still get confused by that whole switch from the Julian calendar.

That reminds me, Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day is in September (or October)!

Re:We need a service... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195384)

My friends and I created National Penis Humor Day, it's celebrated on August 8th, you just tell dick jokes all day, it's great and it just around the corner. Tell a friend!

Re:We need a service... (2, Interesting)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195324)

We need a service to remind us of all these odd-ball "holidays".....Maybe all these "days" could be posted in advance or turned into a Hallmark card or something. I can't remember them all!

Shockingly enough, Hallmark [hallmark.com] provides a "reminder" service. As Homer would say "Mmmm....capitalism". Of course, you have to give them your e-mail address, but hey, that's the price you pay.

re: we need a service... (2, Insightful)

ed.han (444783) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195378)

here's the problem, as i see it: don't we have a lot of these days already? boss's day, secretary's day, etc.? i mean, you wanna talk about scope creep, folks, and here we see it w/ days set aside for pretty much everything.

i'm not saying admins, bosses & secretaries don't deserve a special day set aside to recognize the ways in which they're helpful (hopefully!) and are appreciated: they do. what i'm saying is that isn't this really true of everybody, though, regardless of job title of responsibilities?

ed

$headline =~ s/Appreciation/fear/; (1)

Sartak (589317) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195255)

Remember, kids! If you have a BOFH, this is like Valentine's Day alone!

Re:$headline =~ s/Appreciation/fear/; (1)

Ham_belony (820906) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195312)

LOL

And by the way.. (5, Funny)

m93 (684512) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195256)

next Friday is Hawaiian shirt day, so if you want, go ahead and wear a Hawaiian shirt and jeans.

Re:And by the way.. (1)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195359)

You owe me a cup of coffee!

Mmhm. And I'm the Pope. (2, Funny)

Aeron65432 (805385) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195257)

For such a group of elite sysadmins, the sysadminday website is surprisingly....bad.

Looks kinda like my younger sisters Geocities site.

Re:Mmhm. And I'm the Pope. (4, Insightful)

Nytewynd (829901) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195353)

As a developer this makes sense to me. Sysadmins and developers suck at site design. That's why we hire people to make them pretty, so we can slap the backend on it. (Ha, I said "slap the backend".)

Re:Mmhm. And I'm the Pope. (1)

saintp (595331) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195368)

Hey, they're sysadmins, not designers. They're too busy keeping the box running (despite the attempts of half a million /. nerds) to make a pretty site.

Heck, I'm amazed they even used colors. I half expected it to look a lot like the Lynx website [browser.org] .

Re:Mmhm. And I'm the Pope. (1)

John3 (85454) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195478)

You gotta love the dancing stars.

Thanks, administrators! (5, Insightful)

ReformedExCon (897248) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195258)

I usually take the network administrators for granted and I think that's a testament to the great work that they do. Like the best technology, the best system administrators run so smoothly that you don't even think about them.

I've been lucky in that every company that I've worked at has had very professional and very knowledgeable system administrators. I know there are a lot of system administrators on this site. I'd like to take this opportunity to say Thank you.

I'll be sure to kick the ethernet cable out of the wall and "forget" my password just for them.

Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie (4, Interesting)

Beolach (518512) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195260)

Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie made The System Admin Song. You can get it (and many other funny songs & skits) from their artist page [ampcast.com] on ampcast.com.

Re:Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195350)

ah yes. three dead trolls in a baggie.

the internet helpdesk one is a classic as well.

Re:Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie (1)

Beolach (518512) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195490)

Whoops, looks like I should have RTFA before posting. They actually have a link to a video of Wes playing The System Admin Song, but (at least, going off the text transcript: my download isn't finished yet), it doesn't have the introduction that the mp3 on ampcast has.

And the reward is? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195267)

We'd like you to come in tomorrow and work through the weekend. 7am to start will be fine. You can have a little sleep in.

No appreciation from me.... (2, Funny)

mac123 (25118) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195269)

They get no appreciation from me until they fix my @#^%$ automatic cupholder!

Happy S-A-D to me! (5, Funny)

Amoeba (55277) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195272)

Now where are the hookers and beer? Bring me your finest meats and cheeses or I shall be forced to pipe all email through a jive translator.

Re:Happy S-A-D to me! (1)

op12 (830015) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195438)

where are the hookers and beer? Bring me your finest meats and cheeses...

Nice. Instead of picking to go high class or low class, you take both. You forgot to demand some high class wine though :)

System Admin: Die (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195275)

i hate my system admin. they can die. you dont deserve a day.

Thats just great (1, Insightful)

BaudKarma (868193) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195284)

So when is Payroll Clerk Appreciation Day, or Staffing Manager Appreciation Day, or Database Administrator Appreciation Day, or appreciation days for any of the other vital positions that keep a company functioning? Why are Sys Admins (and secretaries, I suppose) singled out for their own special day?

Re:Thats just great (5, Insightful)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195329)

Why are Sys Admins (and secretaries, I suppose) singled out for their own special day?

Because they are traditionally the touchiest and thinnest-skinned groups within any corporation?

Re:Thats just great (4, Funny)

r00k123 (588214) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195470)

Hey!

I take offense to that.

Re:Thats just great (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195365)

Because they like playing the victim role, thinking they have the most frustrating and most challenging jobs, which no one else on earth seems to have. Also, they have insufferably huge egos. Maybe they want a cute secretary to smile at them, and use this as an indirect route to achieve that lofty goal.

MOD PARENT UP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195465)

IT geeks in general have this attitude! Especially on Slashdot.

Re:MOD PARENT UP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195499)

For what? Making a retarded blanket statement about an entire career field?

I think not.

Re:Thats just great (1)

slaker (53818) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195390)

We are keepers of teh Internets, and of the LART. What more reason do you need?

Re:Thats just great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195426)

But what's the difference between a system administrator and a network administrator?

Re:Thats just great (1)

Boss, Pointy Haired (537010) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195450)

I think the point is that sysadmin's come under an dis-proportionate amount of flak from the end user community, as opposed to, say, the Payroll Clerk who shouldn't really attract anyone's negative attention unless _they_ screw up.

Sysadmins, on the other hand, seem to attract negative attention because YOU screwed up.

no kidding. (1)

thhamm (764787) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195290)

yes, and thank you. the perfect day for problems on one of my servers. this is not fair. :(

Sys Admin gambling (1)

Edward Ka-Spel (779129) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195291)

My Sys Admins blocked the site. It was listed as a gambling site. So that's what they do when they stay late to work...

Re:Sys Admin gambling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195354)

Ditto.

Mod parent +1 Funny. :)

Coming Soon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195295)

Janitor Appreciation Day
Janitor Appreciate Day
Janitor Appreciation D4y
June-itor BJ Day
Janitor Appreciation Day
Janitor Appreciation Day

System Admins Insider Dealing (1)

buddha01 (882550) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195296)

System admins get the best chance in investment banks through data access to do insider dealing, couple that with comms guys who just happend to over hear conversations.. system admin the best way to get rich if you can get past having to support a nt box.

uh yeah..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195300)

does this mean we have to play with his cat 5 if he asks us to?

Re:uh yeah..... (1)

AutopsyReport (856852) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195397)

It's Cat7 when you deal with me.

I'm all for it (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195304)


You either appreciate me with some donuts or trinkets or I 0WN3R your ass.

My sysadmin... (1)

Moo Moo Cow of Death (778623) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195306)

My sysadmin blocks gaming and p0rn sites. What thanks do I have to give them? :p

Blocked by Websense! (1)

Whatchamacallit (21721) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195308)

The link to www.sysadminday.com is Blocked by Websense and classified as a Gambling site!

This is why I don't like web filtering!

electrons don't flow (1)

j1mmy (43634) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195323)

they vibrate.

Re:electrons don't flow (4, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195369)

ThaT Is SO uNTruE. SurELY yoU'D feEL it If ThEy VibRAteD...

Re:electrons don't flow (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195395)

If the current is DC, then they do indeed flow. Just very, very slowly.

Except of course, (1)

wazzzup (172351) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195326)

if you are an MCSE :)

Kidding.

Ironic... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195330)

by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 29, @11:40AM
This coincides with the first day of DefCon [defcon.org]. Just a quick thanks from all the hackers fo DefCon to show the sysadmins how much we appreciate their work. We couldn't do it without you.

~packetgrinder

So that's what happened... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195334)

They have been telling everyone that they're having security issues today and there would be network problems all day, and they might not be able to get to the phones. Apparently they are just off getting trashed somewhere. I'm on to you! Lazy bastards. I need my work porn!

Sysadmins -only- (1)

Exaton (523551) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195370)

Ye gollywonkers, from the look of the site it's obviously not Web Designer appreciation day !

Yes, let' (1)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195371)

Oh, how I like these days : They somehow seem to reflect 'Ok, let's have respect/appreciation for those people... today'... But how about the rest of the year ?

Same reason why I don't give a crap about either Mother's day, or Father's day (besides it being created to fill up for the holiday-less periods of the year, so people end up spending their money)

DUPE! (5, Funny)

Sp00nMan (199816) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195372)

I swear, every year at the end of July we get the same "Sysadmin Appreciation Day" story. Can't the editors search the archives!!?!?

Hmrph (1)

Ikn (712788) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195392)

I'd appreciate them if they hadn't nix'ed my remote desktop connection to my home machine. But for those out there that aren't pricks: keep up the great work.

Piss off (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195399)

Fuck you're imaginary made up hallmark holidays.

Cable monkey day. Pfft.

Relevant UserFriendly strips: (4, Insightful)

Roguelazer (606927) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195403)

We need another day... (5, Funny)

zenmojodaddy (754377) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195405)

... for the poor saps in businesses too small to have their own IT department, but who nevertheless get the honour of running round like a tit every time a company director claims the Interweb is broken... IN ADDITION to doing their regular job.

Me, jealous? Hell yeah. Last week I had to try to recover some data from a dead machine by taking the hard drive out and sticking it in the fridge. Without having the correct size screwdriver, so I had to fudge around with my Swiss army knife and a pair of mini-pliers. (They're a bit bitey.)

I wouldn't have minded too much but when I sent an email round asking staff not to disturb the extra-large ice-pop in the freezer, I made a reference to MacGyver and got two dozen emails back in the space of five minutes asking what the f*ck I was talking about or claiming to be too young to know what the f*ck i was talking about.

Come on. I deserve cake too, don't I?

Re:We need another day... (2, Funny)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195444)

You have "gay pride day", isn't that enough?

linked articles (1)

Oostertoaster (808578) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195406)

some of those linked humor pages are pretty funny.

http://monster-island.org/tinashumor/humor/beeros. html [monster-island.org]
http://monster-island.org/tinashumor/humor/diskcar e.html [monster-island.org]

A few of those made me laugh, and now everyone in the surrounding cubicles thinks I'm insane. Thanks /.

Not happening (1)

hedge_death_shootout (681628) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195416)

When our useless sysadmin grasps basic concepts - like how DNS works - only then will I show any 'appreciation'.

I'd celebrate but... (1)

I8TheWorm (645702) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195420)

...WebSphere blocked me.

A bit ironic. (1)

grub (11606) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195425)


I was just at a 'coffee & cinnamon bun' thing for a fellow geek that's leaving our institute today. Heheh

You're welcome (1)

meester fox (877084) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195430)

I'd love to see what happens when I just sit on my ass and let things break on the network. Maybe that would put things into perspective.

I guess it's a matter of: when it works, thank the boss for putting such a good system in the place. When it breaks, blame the admin for doing a bad job.

They only notice your work when something goes wrong.

What next ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195431)

Already we have valentine day, father day, mother day. So we have to fill other days of a year to appreciate the other ignored people like
Grand father Day
Grand mother Day
Children's Day
Nanny Day (Jude Law will appreciate this.)
Tech Support Day
Cleaners day

So we can celebrate every day as a special day.

Whoohoo, I rock! (5, Funny)

charnov (183495) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195432)

Ok...that's as much appreciation as I gonna get. Now I have to get back to randomly switching the routers on and off.

Let's hope (1)

AutopsyReport (856852) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195434)

Let's hope they can use this day to network with some ladies.

Rip-off! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195435)

I've never seen a bigger collection of images with "rack" in the title that didn't include a single female!

ROFL! (1)

WhiteZero (902841) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195436)

Just so happens that I'm sitting in my MCSA class right now! hahaa How appropriet.

Infinite thank you to.. (1)

markpapadakis (115698) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195445)

.. The slashdot administrators for keeping the site running so other administrators can come up online and and see what others have to say about their appreciation date :)

Budwiser ad.. (1)

it_flix (808213) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195464)

This reminds me of those budwiser ads...
Heres a BIG thank you to the system admin man.

System Adminiistrator Day is for Gambling (2, Funny)

Chagatai (524580) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195474)

Imagine my surprise when Websense decided in its infinite wisdom that the SAD website is a gambling site and blocked my access. Yes, thank you, Mr. System Administrator.

Who the {bleep} cares (1, Insightful)

FatRatBastard (7583) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195487)

Wow, and during the same week as Retired Japaneese Pole Vaulter Appreciation Day. Who'da thunk it.

The only "appreciation day" I give two shits about is pay day. Everything else is touchy-feely, new age pablum.

System Administrator Appreciation Day (2, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195492)

...They shouted back, "No, not him! Give us Barabbas!"

Thankfully there's no profit motive behind this... (1)

Infonaut (96956) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195494)

Oh, wait. There is!

http://www.sysadminday.com/Gifts.htm [sysadminday.com]

I'm waiting patiently for Web Developer Day. Petroleum Transfer Technician Day was last Tuesday.

ten minutes to five (GMT+1) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13195500)

Always good to know that you're appreciated. Ten minutes to bloody five I saw this. On a Friday.

...and as a show of appreciation (4, Funny)

Adrilla (830520) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195504)

we can slashdot the S.A.D. website to show how much we care.

gifts (2, Funny)

rhaig (24891) | more than 9 years ago | (#13195507)

I'm suprised that the gift suggestion list doesn't have any alcoholic beverages listed.
additions:

    Beer (good stuff, not colored water)
    Scotch (that's single malt, not something you'd mix, and older than 12years please)
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