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Nominate SysAdmin of the Year By Oct. 12

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the barely-sung-heroes dept.

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PMcGovern writes "Deadline for nominations for SysAdmin of the Year 2007 is this Friday Oct. 12. The award is sponsored by Slashdot, SourceForge, Digg, Usenix, Lopsa, Splunk, and Naspa. The first 2500 sysadmins nominated win a free SysAdmin Rockstar tee shirt. Prizes include a MacBook Pro, a non-bricked Apple iPhone, Gibson guitar, Splunk license, a full-paid trip to the LISA conference, cases of Red Bull, and more. If you know a sysadmin that goes beyond the call of duty, nominate them."

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bofh == win (5, Funny)

User 956 (568564) | more than 6 years ago | (#20907123)

I nominate this guy [iinet.net.au]

Re:bofh == win (1)

byteframe (924916) | more than 6 years ago | (#20907167)

This is crazy, this guy is crazy! Shut up, let me talk!

Re:bofh == win (1)

dgun (1056422) | more than 6 years ago | (#20907457)

Cooper?

Re:bofh == win (1)

dgun (1056422) | more than 6 years ago | (#20907479)

Cooper [youtube.com]

Re:bofh == win (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20908081)

I'd love to rig such a vote so that the head of the IT department wins the sysadmin of the year award.

It'd add to the excitement of seeing the tensions and competition between the BOFH and the PFY.

I just hope they can get their halon fire suppression system refilled quickly after each of the guaranteed "test runs" in the coming month :)

Damn this deadline (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20907165)

I do incredibly good admining on Oct 13.

I NOMINATE THIS GUY (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20907177)

The sysadmins of the Ubuntu production servers that got compromised by gooks who were dumb and just used the machine to scan for other vulnerable machines, rather than backdooring Ubuntu packages.

Damn Romanians!

Re:I NOMINATE THIS GUY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20908343)

Gooks? Man, I hav't heard that term in years!!!!

Reminders me of the film Romper Stomper... Now that was a geat flick!

Skin-Heads, Skin-Heads looking for a street fight, looking for a root!

Re:I NOMINATE THIS GUY (1)

nonos (158469) | more than 6 years ago | (#20910219)

How can you be sure that the Ubuntu packages weren't backdoored ?

Who is the fat guy on the site homepage? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20907179)

O.o I don't know any system admin who is that much of a fat ass. What kind of "sys admin" lets himself go that far? Does he eat cheetos and play games all day?

Me nor any admin I know is THAT fat. I myself and between regular-husky simply by jogging every day or so, its not hard... try it.

Re:Who is the fat guy on the site homepage? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20907293)

What, you want a fucking biscuit? Go troll somewhere else.

Re:Who is the fat guy on the site homepage? (1)

razorh (853659) | more than 6 years ago | (#20910467)

what? you have time to jog?

And here I thought it was just that most sysadmins didn't have time to eat.. hrmmm...

Re:Who is the fat guy on the site homepage? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20910981)

>Me nor any admin I know is THAT fat. I myself and between regular-husky simply by jogging every day or so, its not hard... try it.

Maybe you should cut that down some, and use the time you free up to learn proper English. Try it.

I nominate Eikonoklastes (4, Funny)

eikonoklastes (530797) | more than 6 years ago | (#20907231)

Seeing as sysadmins are the ones reading slashdot, I foresee a tonne of self nominations.

Re:I nominate Eikonoklastes (1)

speedingant (1121329) | more than 6 years ago | (#20907361)

Like mine. Pick me pick me pick me!

Re:I nominate Eikonoklastes (1)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | more than 6 years ago | (#20908469)

If you have time reading /. then why isn't Exchange operating properly? I still can't sync my PDA or log in through owa.
Because of you slacking I can't do much right now. The only thing I can do is read /. and wait for things to get fixed.

wait a minute...

I vote for Eikonoklastes.

Re:I nominate Eikonoklastes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20912875)

I think that the good ones would be reading slashdot. They've written scripts to do all their work and only occasionally have to walk up to a user's desk to push the power button. Any sysadmin who's running around grinding away at work must not have learned how to script things to keep it simple for the users out there.

A good sysadmin should have things done right so that users rarely have to call him. If there's a user doing dumb things on his system, then give him something easier to do. Show him the magical shortcut that would prevent him from doing that one dumb thing over and over. If you have to keep helping the user with the same problem over and over, then you haven't taught or outwitted the user sufficiently.

USA and Canada only (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20907271)

Shouldn't this be called "north-american SysAdmin of the year", considering they only accept nominees from two countries...?

Re:USA and Canada only (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20907339)

What's next, complaining that the McDonald's Employee of the Month is for one restaurant and not the entire world? You know, not every award without a qualifier is an international award.

Re:USA and Canada only (1)

walshy007 (906710) | more than 6 years ago | (#20910177)

The context is usually gotten from where it is used, in your example of McDonald's employee of the month, you are only likely to see that in said store, if used anywhere else that store would either be implied beforehand, otherwise the name of the store specifically said.

In the case of slashdot, this is an international website, a significant portion of users come from countries other than the US. and thus it makes sense to assume an award by slashdot, digg, sourceforge etc, would be international, for all of the sponsors are. It makes a great deal of sense where only a small portion of your audience will be applicable to use a quantifier to identify them in the summary or title.

Re:USA and Canada only (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20910561)

Slashdot seems to be very U.S.-centric. Do you have any plans to be more international in your scope? [slashdot.org]
Slashdot is U.S.-centric. We readily admit this, and really don't see it as a problem. Slashdot is run by Americans, after all, and the vast majority of our readership is in the U.S. We're certainly not opposed to doing more international stories, but we don't have any formal plans for making that happen. All we can really tell you is that if you're outside the U.S. and you have news, submit it, and if it looks interesting, we'll post it.

Who me? (1)

ender- (42944) | more than 6 years ago | (#20907275)

I guess it wouldn't be very sportsman-like to nominate myself. Of course, it would also be a horrible lie, since I'm a pretty mediocre SysAdmin at best. :)

some advice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20907315)

If any of you guys win, avoid shouting "Yessssss! At last, I'm a Syssie!!!" if you get the call while you're in the men's room.

Yeah, this is a worthwhile topic... (0)

scanrate (470160) | more than 6 years ago | (#20907337)

...while so many other stories go unpublished, we're patting ourselves on the back.

Nice job.

Re:Yeah, this is a worthwhile topic... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20907391)

While I appreciate a good sysadmin as much as anyone, the best is impossible to judge. There are a lot of good ones, but no metrics for comparison.

Somebody has been watching too many reality shows lately.

Re:Yeah, this is a worthwhile topic... (1)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 6 years ago | (#20907653)

let me guess you submitted a story about your barbie doll collection and your annoyed it got rejected. jealousy is such an ugly emotion.

No thanks required (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20907341)

it is a thankless job.

^^I nominate this guy for the MacBook (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20907527)

That was a Zen master comment. No further posts for this story are necessary.

An unbricked iPhone? (3, Funny)

McNally (105243) | more than 6 years ago | (#20907375)

Surely the sysadmin of the year should be able to unbrick their own iPhone..

Re:An unbricked iPhone? (1)

pchoppin (864344) | more than 6 years ago | (#20909837)

Well, I don't know how.

I guess that leaves me out... bummer.

Today's story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20907389)

Me: Hello!
Admin: Hi!
Me: I have a request for you. Could you please install Suse 10.3 on my computer, it is still running Suse 9.3
(sidenote: every other guy already has open 10.2, every other guy who knows at my place)
Admin: Why?
Me: It has OpenOffice.
Admin: 9.3 has StarOffice 7
Me: But it does not support ODF files.
Admin: Ok I will do that.
Me: I have another request for you. Could you please install WindowMaker and rxvt-unicode?
Admin: What is this WindowMaker?
Me: It is a window manager.
(Admin fires up yast2. WindowMaker is there, explained as: "a fancy windowmanager". I hate Suse team. The term "fancy" is not even on . [windowmaker.info]
Admin: Huh! Yet another window manager. Could you please tell me a reason why should I install it?
Me: WindowMaker was already installed in 9.3...
Admin: 9.3 does not count.
Me: Because I use it?
Admin: Don't give that as a reason. Use is not a reason. You know that KDE is the supported windo manager on my system?
Me: Yes I know.
Admin: Then why can't you use KDE? Tell me, why you need another window manager when everyone else is using KDE?
Me: That is not true, Horsch uses FVWM...
Admin: Horsch manages his own system, and he doesn't use BitTorrent!
Me: I did it once, I DIDN't do it ever again!
(Admin looks rxvt-unicode in yast2)
Admin: This program is very small, it can be installed without any trouble.
Me: Thanks, see you.

Huh! I hate my system administrator, I love Linux and I still hate my machine! Kudos to him for causing this much trouble.

Re:Today's story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20907713)

You need to get out more.

I norminate my system admin (1)

jsse (254124) | more than 6 years ago | (#20907409)

because he put scripts to delete all emails with subjects like "CONGRATZ YOU WON A FREE IPHONE FOR BEING THE ADMIN OF THE YEAR BY /.!!!!", so he'd probably won't get the prize anyway.

Sis, add men! (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 6 years ago | (#20907451)

I nominated myself for the sole purpose of registering for something who's male 'model' is fatter and uglier than I am. Sold!

I nominate home Windows admins (2, Interesting)

jesser (77961) | more than 6 years ago | (#20907483)

... for selflessly pooling their resources to create what is perhaps the largest distributed computing project ever, the Storm botnet [wikipedia.org] .

Re:I nominate home Windows admins (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 6 years ago | (#20907685)

Yeah, I was going to nominate myself for this award, but when you put it that way....well, I have to concede to MS's Junk-fu.
But does the Storm botnet run Linux?...No?, well I guess I am SOL here.
The win goes to MS botNets, hands down.

I'll bet SETI@Home would love this kind of power- too bad it's relegated to Windows spambotnets.

Thankfully I have lost track of this shite since I have been running Kubuntu since 5.10.(now on 7.04, and no problems!)

Yes, I caught the recent article about the cracked Linux boxes: http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/10/05/1234217 [slashdot.org] , but I also saw this: http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/10/07/1722202 [slashdot.org] , so I am still leaning towards MS systems causing the most problems.

I used to try to care, but now I am content to keep my own shite squared away, and let the rest muddle through on their own.
I will help if asked, otherwise...Darwin Awards for you! ( why fsck up a good, stable network running great for me and my own)

c'mon (1)

HartDev (1155203) | more than 6 years ago | (#20907501)

no more negativity just nominate someone and have fun with this. I would nominate someone in my company, but they keep us IT guys in a smelly building six exits down the freeway from them. But if resetting outlook and Active Directory counts as a systems admin then I got two or three guys I could nominate...... How do we go about entering those names again?

Going beyond the Call of Duty (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20907555)

to Call of Duty 4? Do we really want to nominate the system admins who have played through 3 video game sequels? I guess that means their systems are running smoothly...

fie gentlemen, fie (2, Insightful)

meliux (630093) | more than 6 years ago | (#20907601)

"The Contest is open only to residents of the U.S. and Canada..."

well bugger that. Here I was expecting an all-expenses-paid-for-round-the-world-trip, but no... I can't even make an "all I got was this lousy t-shirt" comment.

and from TA - and then, not including Quebec (1)

Typoboy (61087) | more than 6 years ago | (#20907719)

"excluding Quebec due to restrictive contest laws." Why? A quick search turned up this [advertisinglawyer.ca] , this [searchwarp.com] and this [gouv.qc.ca] . Interesting.

America IS THE WORLD stupid! (1)

skipau (1169809) | more than 6 years ago | (#20908569)

It appears that only American's and Canadian's can be SysAdmin of the year... I guess that America "Is the World" anyway so... you can't complain that much - otherwise they will put a cap in ya ass!

Re:America IS THE WORLD stupid! (1)

MollyB (162595) | more than 6 years ago | (#20909537)

Interesting. AC made this post [slashdot.org] twenty-seven minutes prior to yours. Marvelous coincidence? I realize that slashdot users overseas get irked over this site's (North) American slant, but it carries political correctness to absurdity if the contest/publicity stunt were made international. The criteria by which sysadmins in say, China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, etc., might be the opposite of what westerners value. Sysadmins in this hemisphere largely facilitate connectivity for the user, while those in the nations mentioned might be valued for their ability to plug holes to keep users from accessing information damaging to the power structure.
BTW, some of the finest posts I've ever read on Slashdot are from overseas. Ideas should be valued above geography, but this is such a trivial thing that it doesn't seem worth getting exercised about.

buffer underrun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20909635)

>The criteria by which sysadmins in say, China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, etc., are judged might be the opposite of what westerners value.
D'oh.

Re:America IS THE WORLD stupid! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20911845)

>> The criteria by which sysadmins in say, China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, etc., might be the opposite of what westerners value

Interesting choice of countries. Having worked in similar locations I can tell you sysadmins are valued on pretty much the same criteria.

Re:America IS THE WORLD stupid! (1)

MollyB (162595) | more than 6 years ago | (#20913115)

Interesting choice of countries.
I've been brainwashed by CNN.

Having worked in similar locations I can tell you sysadmins are valued on pretty much the same criteria.
I happily stand corrected. Thanks.

Whom would I nominate? The unpaid. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20907613)

Probably the sysadmins who do it for free (NGO's), under fire (Iraq, Afganistan, Sudan, Rwanda (I'm going there to do IT work next year) and China (pro-freedom anti-communist NGOs).

I think it's pretty obvious who should win.... (1)

Wescotte (732385) | more than 6 years ago | (#20907741)

I nominate one Wesley Crusher

Re:I think it's pretty obvious who should win.... (2)

arbitraryaardvark (845916) | more than 6 years ago | (#20908165)

I nominate one Wesley Crusher
Done.
wil wheaton
wil@wilwheaton.net
monolith press

1) really is a rock star.
2) plays mean guitar hero
3) adminsters systems well.
4) rules the earth
5) has clever nick name
6) gave pax keynote
7) insane DIY cred

Re:I think it's pretty obvious who should win.... (1)

Wikkiwikki25 (1144049) | more than 6 years ago | (#20916507)

No Way - His nanobots escaped and almost took down the whole ship

MacBook?? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20907805)

How many sysAdmins use MacBooks!?

Re:MacBook?? (0)

tabacco (145317) | more than 6 years ago | (#20908121)

Me? Well, technically I use a G4 iBook, so I could use that Macbook.

Re:MacBook?? (1)

Tsunayoshi (789351) | more than 6 years ago | (#20909755)

My brand spanking new Macbook Pro just came in yesterday...replacing my Powerbook G4

I nominate CowboyNeal for 2500 TShirts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20907877)

I nominate CowboyNeal as SysAdmin of the Year, also I don't see any specific mention that the first 2500 entries cannot be the same person. This might also have the unfortunate* consequence of perhaps eliminating some CowboyNeal options from being available in future polls.

* Relatively speaking, some may be happy, some may frown.

Nobody here deserves it (1)

drharris (1100127) | more than 6 years ago | (#20908009)

If you're reading this, it means you don't deserve to win this award.

Re:Nobody here deserves it (3, Funny)

laejoh (648921) | more than 6 years ago | (#20908257)

hehehe, later they'll say:

Only six people on Slashdot knew that the title of the Sysadmin of the Year was not to wield power but to attract attention away from it.

With humble apologies to a certain D. Adams of course

Stupid contest (5, Insightful)

mcrbids (148650) | more than 6 years ago | (#20908135)

Really, the best sysadmin is one so good that he/she/it doesn't appear to do much of anything at all - because that's exactly what he/she/it should be doing. Who is really going to nominate a guy who seems to just sit around while everything around him seems to work just perfectly?

Thus, the contest is biased. You'll either get:

A) The guy that always seems "industrious", nominated by people who aren't sysadmins, or

B) The guy that seems "lazy", sits around not doing much at all while dozens to hundreds of carefully written scripts fire off all day long, sending an occasional message when an error condition is detected. Since this guy would have to be nominated by a sysadmin, and sysadmins are in the minority, this contest is biased in favor of the incompetent.

Re:Stupid contest (1)

fyoder (857358) | more than 6 years ago | (#20908429)

B) The guy that seems "lazy", sits around not doing much at all while dozens to hundreds of carefully written scripts fire off all day long, sending an occasional message when an error condition is detected. Since this guy would have to be nominated by a sysadmin, and sysadmins are in the minority, this contest is biased in favor of the incompetent.
It's probably a problem that could be overcome by a perl script of only a few lines, but I not only seem lazy, I AM lazy. Though the free shirt would be nice...

Re:Stupid contest (1)

Bluesman (104513) | more than 6 years ago | (#20911773)

A sufficiently intelligent Perl script of a few lines could nominate you over and over by October 12th.

If you could have it also be the winning entry of the obfuscated Perl contest, then you'd win for sure, and deservedly so.

May the best sysadmin win.

Re:Stupid contest (2, Interesting)

blhack (921171) | more than 6 years ago | (#20914483)

Yes, yes, yes yes, and YES!!!

YES! I cannot TELL you how many times i've had to explain this to people. I get to sit in my office and play with my lin box all day because of all the time i spent when we first got started organizing everything, and making sure that everything was setup CORRECTLY!

Some people in my company/industry hate me because I'm 20 (I started here when i was 19) and I'm the admin of a medium sized business (we have about 200 employees). What they don't understand is that the reason why they have to sit in their cubicles inputting numbers into the computer all day, and I get to sit in my office reading /. is:
when i was in highschool and they were out getting hammered and partying, i was at HOME sitting at my computer learning python and perl and mysql. I was learning howto setup apache while they were learning how to use an apple as a makeshift pipe. I was on ebay buying up cheap routers so that i could learn IOS, they were at the local flea market trying to buy fake ids.

Yeah thats a bit of a rant, and slightly off topic, but i have a feeling that a lot of people here share the same experience. It just torques me when people at work get mad because I don't have to do some mind-numbing job all day. /rant off.

Me! (0)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 6 years ago | (#20908291)

I'm the best!

Recruitment stunt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20908351)

Something like this turned out to be a recruitment office stunt, we lost our sysadmin to this.

America is the World! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20908445)

It appears that only American's and Canadian's can be SysAdmin of the year... I guess that America "Is the World" anyway so... you can't complain that much - otherwise they will put a cap in ya ass!

Redbull ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20908505)

"cases of Red Bull"

How about a treadmill ?

help! (1)

AlgorithMan (937244) | more than 6 years ago | (#20909083)

Who's Googles main Admin? I want to nominate him - just to destroy some chairs in redmond...

A nominee from Eastern Europe (4, Funny)

Erikderzweite (1146485) | more than 6 years ago | (#20909181)

A couple of years ago a friend of mine asked me for an advice. He has just started to work as a sysadmin at some middle-sized bank. They have had a lot of *NIX servers that were working just fine. But there was also one Windows NT-based server there with a *very* special application which was absolutely crucial for bank's business processes. The very special "feature" of this application was that it crashed quite often and took the whole server to the realm of BSODs with every crash. The old sysadmin was working in the server room and has had no problem resetting the server manually if needed. My friend, however, preferred remote administration from his sunny office (yea, i know, how weird it sounds :) ) so walking down to server room in order to restart a server was hardly an option for him.
Fixing a program was not possible - no source code was available.

After a weirdest brainstorming i have ever participated at, he finally found a solution - he has built together a crappy PC with linux 2.4 on board and connected it to the server via a crossover cable.
The sole task of this PC was to ping the alleged server and if it wasn't responding - eject /dev/hdc.
The cd-rom drive opened itself and pressed the Reset button on the server. Fool-proofed system and the funniest linux-based solution to solve windows proglems I've seen in my life.

Re:A nominee from Eastern Europe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20909691)

A very creative solution to say the least. Although, it sounds to me that this isn't a "Windows" problem as much as it is the unstable application that's bringing the system down. Either way, the solution is impressive.

Re:A nominee from Eastern Europe (1)

Erikderzweite (1146485) | more than 6 years ago | (#20925173)

A very creative solution to say the least. Although, it sounds to me that this isn't a "Windows" problem as much as it is the unstable application that's bringing the system down. Either way, the solution is impressive.

I just couldn't resist and add some "lin vs. win" salt to the story.

Re:A nominee from Eastern Europe (1)

Sourcehack (1152375) | more than 6 years ago | (#20914423)

funniest thing i've read here in a long while.

I nominate... (1)

Lexical_Scope (578133) | more than 6 years ago | (#20909211)

Kim Jong Il [theregister.co.uk]

But... (3, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 6 years ago | (#20909365)

Isn't he best sysadmin the one you don't know is there. I find in general Bad Sysadmins are the ones complaining all the time, and always working very hard with fires, Complain about the pager because they know it will go off. While good sysadmins are rarely seen unless they want to be so. Because they have the organization running so well and smooth that most problems are preemptively fixed, the ones that are not have enough backup and fail over that he can fix without disrupting anyone else's work. That is a good sysadmin... The problem with that is they are also the first ones to be considered for layoffs because they don't seem to be working hard... But they learn in a couple of months that his job was necessary.

I vote for my SysAdmit (2, Funny)

vitalyb (752663) | more than 6 years ago | (#20909563)

My sysadmin told me to vote for him or he'll post my internet logs and rape my user permissions.

US & A and Canada only? Go f... yourself (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20910121)

'nuf said

License? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20912229)

We need a license for our splunk now? I thought it just kinda came with the territory.

Ok, slam me (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | more than 6 years ago | (#20913317)

Ok, I'm going to risk a massive Troll slam, but my trigger finger's just too itchy.

> Nominate SysAdmin of the Year

With real programmers around, isn't this kind of like the NIT tournament, the battle to be the 65th best college basketball team in the country?

What about BoFH?! (1)

Cygnostik (545583) | more than 6 years ago | (#20916553)

There should sooooooo be a BoFH of the Year award! Then I'd have a chance!

I nominate this guy. (1)

DiezMilScoville (1164953) | more than 6 years ago | (#20924617)

http://www.chemistrius.com/ [chemistrius.com] He's gotta get his main site back online .. *hint*.
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