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"Sysadmin of the Year" Winners Announced

kdawson posted more than 7 years ago | from the kudos-for-ubergeeks dept.

Announcements 206

lisah writes "Ten winners of this year's 'Sysadmin of the Year' contest have been announced and, while Robin 'Roblimo' Miller says it's not quite like winning the Miss America contest, being selected from approximately 2,500 entrants is nothing to sneeze at. This year's first place winner battled an office fire to save a RAID backup server, while another IT manager won an honorable mention for his dedicated work at a yarn store. From the article, '[The nominating entry said:] Any man who would take on a position at a yarn store, much less a technological position while surrounded by a dozen women, ages 55+ deserves some kind of reward...'" Linux.com and Slashdot are both owned by OSTG.

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Rewards? (3, Funny)

Non-CleverNickName (1027234) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102618)

So does the winner recieve all of the Xena and Star Trek: Voyager season DVDs, as well as a lifetime supply of Hot Pockets and Pop Tarts?

Re:Rewards? (2, Funny)

Brill (691333) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102644)

pocket protectors. dozens of 'em.

Re:Rewards? (4, Funny)

roseblood (631824) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103086)

He is expected to perform greater miracles in the future! afterall the sysadmin of the year should be able to fix anything!

"The computer doesn't work, fix it asshole, its your fault, you're the computer guy!"

"My password was 'iloveu' and now all my stuffs are gone, put them back you asshole!"

"I cant login to my account, I don't remember the password, fix it asshole!"

"The computer deleted my emails, put them back you asshole, now!!!"

You should be able to handle all four of these user requests at the same time, and resolve them all yesterday. If you don't people will wonder why they are paying extra to have the sys admin of the year, and will fire you and replace you with some one else at a lower payscale.

Cocoon-like reward? (4, Funny)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102646)

Any man who would take on a position at a yarn store, much less a technological position while surrounded by a dozen women, ages 55+ deserves some kind of reward


Oh, c'mon. I think we all know what his "Cocoon-like" reward was.

Re:Cocoon-like reward? Luke, use the ctrl+ keys! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103894)

I was wondering what all this yakking about a yam store and 55+ year old women was about, until I used the + key. It's still kinda mysterious, but I'm glad no sweet potatos were harmed in the competition.

Re:Cocoon-like reward? (3, Interesting)

tarason (720261) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103964)

Hey, don't mock - I own a yarn store ; where family members work - I started computers as a VMS System Manager (REAL Computing bigot) and later 15 years as a consultant (VMS (while it lasted) /Unix/ NT) - I don't knit, But I do the web site.

Those Darn flames. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17102680)

" From the article, '[The nominating entry said:] Any man who would take on a position at a yarn store, much less a technological position while surrounded by a dozen women, ages 55+ deserves some kind of reward...'""

It could have been worse. The yarn store could have burst into flames.

sysadmins (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17102684)

The medieval equivalent of a stable boy

Re:sysadmins (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103002)

Really. The last one out - of a burning building? Seems like a bizarro-world "Ask Slashdot" question. ("Would you risk going extra-crispy to save this stuff?"). I guess we have a new (low) standard of interview question: "You have four minutes to evacuate. The servers are bolted down. What do you do??")

Re:sysadmins (4, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103316)

The only reason I can think of for risking one's life to save a RAID array is if you hadn't taken proper backups and stored them offsite. If that is the case, then the guy hardly deserves a "Sysadmin of the Year" award. Basically, he'd be getting an award for doing a brave yet foolish thing in order to cover for his lack of planning.

Re:sysadmins (3, Insightful)

Ortega-Starfire (930563) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103404)

Well, it could also be that the backups are done monthly, they put a significant amount of data on the server between cycles, and thus they would not be able to restore this latest data with the backup. But IMHO, except defending your country, there is no job really worth dying for.

Re:sysadmins (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103794)

But IMHO, except defending your country, there is no job really worth dying for.
Thats not really a job, now is it.

Re:sysadmins (2, Interesting)

TClevenger (252206) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103534)

Depends on how many hours of work would be lost as well. I take tapes offsite every Monday, which means that I stand to lose at most 5 business days of work. But if I had a few minutes and could grab the RAID out of the rack and take it out with me, (very possible, since it's a 2U box and not particularly heavy), I can save the time to reconstruct that week's worth of financial transactions, received emails and other work where the originals may have been lost (in the case of the entire building burning.) And, if nothing else, it's $3,000 less equipment I'd have to buy and reconfigure, and I can have a replacement server couriered from my vendor and hooked up to the RAID, and people up and working within 12 hours.

Re:sysadmins (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103594)

What good would a backup tape be if the box you're restoring to is extra crispy? And if you're getting a tape from offsite you have to wait for it to be found and delivered (assuming your offsite repository is more like Iron Mountain and less like supervisor's garage).

With a live box you've cut your wait time dramatically.

I know I'd rather have a live box rather than rebuild from scratch...

Re:sysadmins (2, Insightful)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103764)

Backups or not, I'm never risking my life for computer hardware, period. I'm not as easily replaceable.

Re:sysadmins (1)

Daemonstar (84116) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103770)

Never know, it may have been where he was keeping all his porn/movies/pirated software/etc. It's not like you want the company that's recovering the data off the drives to find incriminating things on it. :P

Re:sysadmins (5, Funny)

nizo (81281) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103808)

I think he made the rational decision that he would rather burn to death than wait for the new server hardware to arrive, and then wait for file restores to finish, all while people dropped in every 2 minutes to ask when the server would be back up.

Re:sysadmins (2, Funny)

elcid73 (599126) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103250)

There were sysadmins in medieval days?

They must have been protecting *from* burning during raids, not protecting RAIDs from burning.

Re:sysadmins (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103354)

Someone needs to be watching out so that your battering ram doesn't go up in a ball of flame when they shoot burning arrows at it. Some of those siege engines are quite sophisticated, you know.

for the love of all that is holy... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17102686)

no bathing suit contest segment, PLEASE!

Hire a real photographer (1)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102714)

They could have hired a real photographer to shoot the winners, the winner's picture looks like it's been taken at a party a saturday night around 3:30am with a point-and-shoot digital camera.

No one talks to sysadmins... (1, Troll)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102722)

Pat McGovern, who organized this contest for sponsor Splunk, says, "no one talks to sysadmins unless something breaks."

Perhaps that's because so many of them are BOHF, power freaks who treat "their" users like crap.

Hardly! (5, Funny)

Darlantan (130471) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102936)

Why, I take very good care of my users. In fact, I wouldn't have a job without them, right? I mean, I support the computers they use, and without them the computers wouldn't NEED any support. In fact, I just had a brand new backup system installed in our halon-protected server room. It's there to ensure that any data they find valuable will always be available. Go ahead, step in and take a look for yourself. It's right there in the back row, about halfway down.

No, really, I insist. Have a look.

Re:Hardly! (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103294)

Go ahead, step in and take a look for yourself. It's right there in the back row, about halfway down.

No, really, I insist. Have a look.
No offense, but everything about that invitation screams "It's a trap!!"

You say: No, really, I insist. Have a look.
I read: No, really, I insist. Have a look. I'll just lock the door behind you & dump the halon tanks*

*or [insert your nightmare here]

Re:Hardly! (2, Informative)

JerkBoB (7130) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103442)

No offense, but everything about that invitation screams "It's a trap!!" /me sighs.

Must I?

Read this: BOFH [wikipedia.org]

Re:No one talks to sysadmins... (3, Funny)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103006)

Perhaps that's because so many of them are BOHF, power freaks who treat "their" users like crap.

Actually, livestock would be more appropriate. After all, users have some value at contract time.

Re:No one talks to sysadmins... (1)

Jon_E (148226) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103476)

Perhaps that's because so many of them are BOHF, power freaks who treat "their" users like crap.

ok yoda ..

when BOHF you are .. think this way you will not, hmm?

Is Apu branching out? (1)

Kadin2048 (468275) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103616)

Perhaps that's because so many of them are BOHF, power freaks who treat "their" users like crap.

Bastard Operator Hell From? Is that like the non-union Second-world equivalent of a Bastard Operator From Hell?

Editor of the year? (1)

undii (965381) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102736)

Definitely wasn't in this post: "while surrounded by a dozen women, ages 55+ deserves some kind of reward...'"

Re:Editor of the year? (1)

SoapDish (971052) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102840)

Check out what was written for Justin Hartwell, Yarn Lady. It's in the last paragraph.

That's definitely my favourite sysadmin on the list.

Swimwear reduces support calls (1)

tttonyyy (726776) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102742)

For one thing, there was no swimsuit competition -- although if there had been, winner Michael Beck says he would have worn "orange and black surf shorts."
1. Wear swimwear for all support calls
2. Effort expended/income ratio adjusts favourably
3. PROFIT!

From a sysadmin (3, Insightful)

DaMattster (977781) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102760)

What do you want me to do, clap? I'd say ALL sysadmins are heros because they need to put up with a stupid userbase and inept managers that see their bottom line only.

Re:From a sysadmin (2, Insightful)

nEoN nOoDlE (27594) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103688)

I'd say ALL sysadmins are heros because they need to put up with a stupid userbase and inept managers

And with that kind of thinking, that's why most of the users think the system admin is a jackass.

Something smells crispy... (5, Insightful)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102798)

... battled an office fire to save a RAID backup server ...

Of course, the sysadmin did have a complete backup set of tapes stored offsite? I would think that company could afford to let the hardware go up in smoke instead of facing a possible lawsuit if the sysadmin died on the job.

Re:Something smells crispy... (3, Funny)

ToxikFetus (925966) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102918)

I would think that company could afford to let the hardware go up in smoke instead of facing a possible lawsuit if the sysadmin died on the job.
You obviously don't read enough Dilbert.

Re:Something smells crispy... (1)

HaloZero (610207) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102934)

Probably, but those tapes are useless if you don't have the apparatus to recover the data on them. There's something to be said for defending your hard work from fire - literally - if it comes down to it.

Re:Something smells crispy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103208)

Your company has insurance. You can hire almost any piece of kit you need to get up and running, including any tape driver and interface cards you need. If you're running the sort of hardware that you can't easily hire or replace (Hey, some people rely on PDP1's still!) then you'd better make sure you have a proper fire system installed that will not damage the hardware.

What you do not do, ever, is stay in the building to try and be a damn hero to "save" the hardware. While it certainly deserved an award, it should have been an Honourable Mention Darwin Award.

Re:Something smells crispy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103398)

Exactly

We had less than 4 minutes to evacuate the building. Everyone grabbed their desktops and exited as quickly as they could. Our sysadmin was the last person to leave the building. He had fortunately rescued our RAID backup server on his way out. With this backup server, he was able to get our business back up and running.

If he had done his job properly, there would have been a DRP [wikipedia.org] complete with fresh off-site backups.

Even if there weren't proper backups, people are more important than data and hardware, period.

Re:Something smells crispy... (1)

Bromskloss (750445) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103572)

I would think that company could afford to let the hardware go up in smoke instead of facing a possible lawsuit if the sysadmin died on the job.
Man, those lawsuits everywhere. You must be American, right?

Re:Something smells crispy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103690)

Of course, the sysadmin did have a complete backup set of tapes stored offsite? I would think that company could afford to let the hardware go up in smoke instead of facing a possible lawsuit if the sysadmin died on the job.

You know, there are some datasets that are too large to have offsite tapes.

There are also security restrictions for transfering data.

Its always better to have stuff work vs having it down for an amount of time while something is retrieved from offsite tapes (and the data will be old too right?)

If they even considered doing offsite tape backups where I work it would entail the migration of about a small to medium box truck worth of tapes every time.

Re:Something smells crispy... (1)

0racle (667029) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103702)

I've worked at places that by policy put the value of the hardware and the attempt to be always available above the safety of their staff. So the company may prefer to have their sysadmin die rather then their systems be destroyed.

Re:Something smells crispy... (1)

_Swank (118097) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103826)

Isn't the right question why does this guy even get first place "Sysadmin of the Year" when the incident in question happened 2 years ago? At least he didn't win the grand prize...

Knit picking (2, Informative)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102810)

Any man who would take on a position at a yarn store, much less a technological position while surrounded by a dozen women, ages 55+ deserves some kind of reward...
Hah! As a somewhat avid knitter, I wish more men would work in yarn stores, as there are only so many sweet old ladies I can handle in a single shopping expedition. I say "somewhat avid," as the one thing that stops me from knitting a lot more is the fact that I can't type or play video games while doing it.

Speaking of video games, anyone who thinks knitting is all girly flowers and things hasn't seen the cool retro-gaming knits at Bits 2 Die 4. [b2d4.com]

What a Grand Prize (5, Funny)

zentinal (602572) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102826)

The winner got "Washington DC"? The whole thing? Man, I knew OSTG had major league pull, but that's amazing! ;-) Note to Michael Beck - Now that you own Washington DC, please replace Congress, the Supreme Court and the President with a few Beowulf clusters. We should see a marked improvement in performance.

Re:What a Grand Prize (2, Funny)

J.R. Random (801334) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102964)

Heck, just replace the President and Vice President with an abacus and there will be a marked improvement in performance. When was the last time an abacus started a war just for fun?

Re:What a Grand Prize (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103766)

It's to the point where any left leaning pot shot gets +5 interesting?
Before someone says so, "yeah, I'm new here".

Re:What a Grand Prize (1)

roystgnr (4015) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103738)

Now that you own Washington DC, please replace Congress, the Supreme Court and the President with a few Beowulf clusters. We should see a marked improvement in performance.

Don't you know the first thing about sci-fi? As soon as you give too much power to artificial constructs, one of them is bound to go on the fritz and start killing people. It's not just HAL-9000 or the Cylons; the theme goes as far back as Frankenstein's monster.

Hell, just look at the Vice President - all we gave him was a cybernetic heart, and he's already had to be restrained from going Terminator on his old hunting buddies.

A game of inches... (5, Insightful)

jj00 (599158) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102830)

It's a thin line between winner and (ultimate) loser:

Scenario 1:
Man risks life to save RAID server, and lives.
Reward: System admin of year, free t-shirt, maybe a free watch from company at holiday party.

Scenario 2:
Man risks life to save RAID server, dies in process.
Reward: Gets mentioned in every system admin journal of something you should not do.

Scenario 3:
Man backs up RAID server to remote location and evacuates building before it collapses.
Reward: Lives fruitful life with wife and kids.

I know that Hindsight is 20/20, but it had to be said.

Scenario 4 (2, Insightful)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102946)

Man has several minutes to evacuate the building as the fire is in another unit. Man casually grabs RAID server because off-site backups are a week old. (We really have no idea if there were off-site backups or not).

It's easy to imagine the panic scenario where the guy is risking his life for some dumb data, but the article doesn't really make it sound like that at all.

Re:Scenario 4 (1)

CrazedWalrus (901897) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103376)

Man has several minutes to evacuate the building as the fire is in another unit. Man casually grabs RAID server because off-site backups are a week old. (We really have no idea if there were off-site backups or not).
 
It's easy to imagine the panic scenario where the guy is risking his life for some dumb data, but the article doesn't really make it sound like that at all.
From TFA:

We had less than 4 minutes to evacuate the building. Everyone grabbed their desktops and exited as quickly as they could.
Grabbed their DESKTOPS?? Doesn't exactly sound as if their asses were a-flame, at any rate.

Re:A game of inches... (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103448)

According to the text for him he basically saved the company's ass. It sounds like they would've been out of business if it wasn't for him. I hope they gave him some serious (monetary) appreciation.

Re:A game of inches... (1)

digitalderbs (718388) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103582)

In the case of an unmanageable fire, you're completely right. However, there is nothing irresponsible about extinguishing a manageable fire (or clearing an exit path) with an extinguisher. Ahead of time, everyone should mentally locate all extinguishers, always think about possible sources of fire, how big a fire has to be before it is unmanageable (with about 10 seconds for a CO2 extinguisher) and exit paths.

Kinda makes me wonder... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17102832)

How many of the companies these men work for would backstab them in a second if it meant higher profits?

fire rescue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17102834)

That's awesome on the rescuing RAID backup from a fire, but am I the only one thinking that I would just leave the building, let insurance pay to get new hardware and recover from the offsite backup?

Re:fire rescue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17102870)

offsite backup?

How I read it: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17102836)

Any man who would take on a position at a yarn store, much less a technological position while surrounded by a dozen women
Woo hoo! I'd take it!

ages 55+
Oh....

What you don't know is that was what happened to him applying for the job too...

Think of the experience! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103348)

... okay, posted anonymous since this post appears to be pro-granny loving!

I don't get the Miss America reference... (1)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102844)

Are you trying to say that sysadmins aren't judged by their looks, or that they aren't good looking? Oh... both. OK, well, back to the cave!

Where are all the BOFH? (1, Insightful)

wsanders (114993) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102920)

I read the winners and you have to kiss a lot of asses to get recommendations like that.

Where's the old BOFH spirit, people?

The profession is doomed.

Yams (3, Funny)

StarvingSE (875139) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102970)

I read through the entire blurb and half the comments until I realize the guy works at a "yarn" store and not a "yam" store. I was trying to wrap my mind around the business logic of selling nothing but yams.

Wow, that prize takes some beating. (2, Funny)

cliveholloway (132299) | more than 7 years ago | (#17102986)

"Grandprize: Washington DC".

I thought DC was owned by the lobbyists? How did they negotiate that?!?

Yeah, all men hate being around old women. (1, Flamebait)

tgeller (10260) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103000)

Any man who would take on a position at a yarn store, much less a technological position while surrounded by a dozen women, ages 55+ deserves some kind of reward...'"

This is the most hateful, priggish, bigoted, self-limiting, sexist thing I've read in a week. And I read a lot.

Re:Yeah, all men hate being around old women. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103138)

You could stop reading so much, or not take so much personally.

BTW, there are lots of young aspiring female knitters as customers at yarn stores; some of which are hotties too.

While you're sitting around being all offended, some other guy is going out there and gettin' with them.

Re:Yeah, all men hate being around old women. (2, Informative)

SoapDish (971052) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103162)

Too bad it was clearly written by those 55+ year old women you think it discriminates against.

Or perhaps you say it discriminates against men who want to work at a yarn store with women twice their age?

Re:Yeah, all men hate being around old women. (4, Informative)

Monokeros (200892) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103166)

That's a quote from Janice Yamamoto, The woman who nominated him. ...Just so you know.

Re:Yeah, all men hate being around old women. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103526)

It doesn't change the fact that they rewarded the typical male in the IT role at a store. This happens everywhere. I'm sorry but Grandmas don't go out of their way to make the guy feel uncomfortable. Rather, they stand on their heads to make him feel appreciated, welcome, and probably bring him homemade cookies every Friday for being such a good boy.

What they didn't reward is the real challenge, the atypical female in the IT role at a store, corporation, etc. Besides dealing with the daily eye to boob-eye-boob-eye technical discussions, advice is regularly given to 'reboot and try again, that should fix it.' I've never head it said to any of the men. Not even the newbies fresh from college.

It's rather depressing.

*ehem* A little female angst worked out there.

Re:Yeah, all men hate being around old women. (2, Insightful)

jdigriz (676802) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103920)

'Reboot and try again' is often valid advice when dealing with technology that routinely fouls up its memory state so as to become unusable. If it's not said to the men, perhaps it should be. What do they get told, "It's broken, you're screwed!"?

Even more difficult (3, Funny)

Quila (201335) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103062)

ny man who would take on a position at a yarn store, much less a technological position while surrounded by a dozen women, ages 55+ deserves some kind of reward...'"

That's not so hard. Try being doing the same at a modeling agency or such, and actually be able to concentrate on your work while surrounded by a dozen hot babes.

OTOH, that would be its own reward.

Re:Even more difficult (1)

bladesjester (774793) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103214)

That's not that difficult, really. My ex was a model and I was occasionally backstage. All it takes is decent self control.

Most of the models there liked me because I was cool about all of it, and because I can actually have a conversation (you'd be amazed at how many of them were just doing it to work their way through school).

I still joke about body tape and butt glue.

Re:Even more difficult (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103706)

Most of the models there liked me because I was cool about all of it, and because I can actually have a conversation (you'd be amazed at how many of them were just doing it to work their way through school).

And they all really just want to direct too right? *grin*

Re:Even more difficult (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103482)

I have a friend who used to do IT for a major ad firm. Seems ad firms attract a lot of good looking woman. He took a lot of cold showers.

Ohh....YARN store (1)

SoundGuyNoise (864550) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103120)

I went through the whole synopsis and 1/2 the posts before I realized it said "YARN store" instead of "YAM store".
Either way, it probably doesn't change the social scene much.

yarn yam yarn yam yam yarn

FONT that!

No picture of the Hot Sysadmin? (5, Funny)

zcubed (916242) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103210)

Sysadmins are famous for coming in all sorts of packages, but Dawn stands out in that you'd never guess she spent all her working hours tippy-tapping as a senior system administrator and technical lead. She's model gorgeous--tall-ish and slim with strawberry blonde hair and, of course, the requisite sysadmin pale skin.
But they have a picture of the idiot that risked his life for a damn server!

Sexism! (0, Troll)

TheMCP (121589) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103226)

Any man who would take on a position at a yarn store, much less a technological position while surrounded by a dozen women, ages 55+ deserves some kind of reward...


How fantastically sexist. I'm disgusted that such opinions are casually treated as acceptable in this day and age.

It's sexist BOTH in that it implies there's anything wrong with a man who has something to do with knitting, AND that it implies that there's some reason why someone shouldn't want to work around a dozen women.

Re:Sexism! (3, Insightful)

Rakishi (759894) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103374)

I'm disgusted that such opinions are casually treated as acceptable in this day and age.

Well since it was written by 55+ year old women I'd give them some slack as they grew up in a different age and time.

Re:Sexism! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103464)

And as has already been pointed out, that was written by the women he works with in his nomination letter. Get a frickin' clue. A comedic, self demeaning joke. Kind of like when anyone on slashdot makes a joke about how no woman would want to hang around with a slashdotter obsessed with star wars and pr0n.

Re:Sexism! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103512)

Fine. Guess what? You don't have the right to go through life without ever being offended.

Re:Sexism! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103544)

Sexism on Slashdot?!? You mean a site whose demographic is primarily composed of 15-25 yr old male IT workers (or do I repeat myself?) could be sexist? Say it ain't so!

Burning down the house (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103358)

Selfless sysadmin braves burning office to save the RAID backup?

You only have 1 life until cloning manages to get us to at least Human-RAID Level 1. One bad failure mode, and your flesh and blood hardware is at best non-functional (3rd degree burns) to a non-recoverable (dead).

Unless the industry in question is health-care, the military, nuclear power plant where actual lives are at stake, screw, screw, SCREW the RAID backup, or tape library, or whatever. In the aforementioned industries, you damn well better have disaster recovery planning, current offsite backups, and a whole host of other risk mitigation, management and recovery strategies.

The company goes out of business? Too bad, so sad, but your life is more precious than that. I can always get another job. My wife and kids will not be able to replace me as easily.

Really. This sounds more like a nominee for a Darwin award, rather than a Sysadmin award.

One more way to turn off the women (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103484)

Tell your dinner date you just won geek of the year.

Count the microseconds before she excuses herself to go to the ladies room.

mod 0p (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103528)

beyond the scope of may be hurting the Getting together to Users. Surprise lead developers happinnes Another 80s, DARPA saw BSD

why grab the server if you're burning (2, Insightful)

angelwalkwithme (984267) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103580)

The one sysadmin said: "Asked if he had any advice for aspiring sysadmins, Thomas said, "Back up, back up, back up -- and plan for the absolute worst."" Shouldn't he have had a off-site backup if was really following good admin practices? Why run into a burning building...

And in related news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17103604)

...every single person on this list was outsourced to India. The money saved will go toward the executive compensation funds of their respective companies.

Thanks for all your hard work, guys!

.....are in his vocabulary (1)

fatboy (6851) | more than 7 years ago | (#17103804)

The word "no" and phrase "I can't" are not in his vocabulary.

But the word "no" and phrase "I won't" are in his vocabulary. :)
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