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Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day 108

Posted by kdawson
from the how-about-some-green-appreciation dept.
ArbiterOne writes "The 11th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day is today. Celebrated worldwide on the last Friday of July, this day honors those who fight in the digital trenches to keep the Net alive. OpenDNS offers a way to remind your boss about the holiday, while another blogger shares war stories. The startup Ksplice has created an homage to these heroes in the style of Choose Your Own Adventure." Reader Netbuzz submits a sobering look at the profession from Network World, which notes, "In the past year, [sysadmins'] pay has dropped, and more of their positions are being farmed out to temporary workers."
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Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day

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  • Ask your boss to stay with you till you leave work.
  • Happy sysadmin day? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by slaxative (1867220) on Friday July 30, 2010 @10:53AM (#33084078)
    I've been a sysadmin for a while time now, and I've never had one person wish me a happy admin day. It would seem the only people who know about this, happen to be sysadmins. No one has a clue when I mention it. We need more sysadmin day advertising. Someone want to fund a commercial? Lets add it to every calendar world wide. Who's with me?
    • by Abstrackt (609015)

      I've been a sysadmin for a while time now, and I've never had one person wish me a happy admin day.

      Happy admin day! ;)

      • by nizo (81281) * on Friday July 30, 2010 @11:07AM (#33084370) Homepage Journal

        Now get back to work!!

        • by laejoh (648921)
          Now get back to work or I'll replace you with a very small Perl script!
          • Couldn't he, say, advertise what day it is by using his IT skills and permission to, for example, tag every internal email with "Don't forget, today is System Administrator Day. Be sure to tip your local IT person today!"

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by BrokenHalo (565198)
        Having spent many a miserable Christmas, Easter or other so-called "break" tied to a pager or (worse) a dumb terminal over a dialup line, I can only say a sysadmin's lot is not an 'appy one. (Apologies to W.S. Gilbert [youtube.com]...) Let's see:

        When a user's not engaged in his employment (his employment)
        Or maturing his pathetic little plans (little plans)
        His capacity for innocent enjoyment (-cent enjoyment)
        Is just as great as any honest man's (honest man's)...
    • by jgagnon (1663075)

      If you'd act like you're happy more then maybe people would. :p

    • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Friday July 30, 2010 @11:00AM (#33084224) Journal
      Are you thinking something sugary and hallmarkesque, like the PR that "administrative professional's day"(formerly for appreciation of secretaries, now renamed) gets, or something more along the lines of "We route your packets, we back-up your documents, we administer your databases, we install your drivers. We maintain your uptime while you sleep. Do not... fuck with us. "?
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by Culture20 (968837)

        Are you thinking something sugary and hallmarkesque, like the PR that "administrative professional's day"(formerly for appreciation of secretaries, now renamed) gets, or something more along the lines of "We route your packets, we back-up your documents, we administer your databases, we install your drivers. We maintain your uptime while you sleep. Do not... fuck with us. "?

        The latter please. The bit actors from the Sopranos are probably looking for some easy ad money.

      • Are you thinking something sugary and hallmarkesque, like the PR that "administrative professional's day"(formerly for appreciation of secretaries, now renamed) gets?

        As some of the more outspoken AAs used to say at one place I worked, "Raises, not roses." They were less than effective because they never added the magic words at the end of their missive: "or else we'll organize a union, asshole."

      • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        .....Do not... fuck with us.

        But but but... this is one of the problems I'm trying to *solve*!

    • by bsDaemon (87307)

      We should have an industrial action day. e-commerce, and thus a large swath of the economy, grinding to a halt for a day would be the wake-up everyone needs. And it wouldn't cost us any air time fees

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by molecular (311632)

      Someone want to fund a commercial? Lets add it to every calendar world wide. Who's with me?

      We don't need commercials, how lame is that!
      Like the calendar idea.
      How about using adzapper (or the like) on our proxies replacing all ads with a "happy sysadmin's day" message for the day?

    • by cjb658 (1235986)

      Well, if you're not happy, this video [youtube.com] will cheer you up:

      Happy sysadmin day!

    • by fifedrum (611338)

      I email the entire company once a year, about a week before. Cron is yer friend.

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        Do you really want to be reminding them how easy it would be to replace you with a cron job? :-)

        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          by dangitman (862676)

          Do you really want to be reminding them how easy it would be to replace you with a cron job? :-)

          There's much more to it than that. I'm a cron artist.

    • by maxume (22995)

      Your claims of direct interpersonal interaction are undermining your credibility a bit here.

    • And are you hiring?

    • I went to the 'Seasonal' aisle of my local supermarket, and they had absolutely no SysAdmin Day decorations for sale.

      It's disgusting, the way this country treats its SysAdmins.

      • They were celebrating the DIY aesthetic of the true sysadmin. They'll sell you the beer; but you'll have to provide the empty bottles yourself...
  • Mailing list posting from one of the sysadmins (Too bad they don't do word wraps).

    http://www.ietf.org/mail-archive/web/78attendees/current/msg00848.html [ietf.org]

    Staying up until 7 AM so that bunch of geeks could get decent connectivity in their hotel - kudos.

    There was also the nice orange Cat6 cable running through the parking lot, going through windowframes and doorways and ending up at a Catalyst switch taped to a window :)

  • by Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) on Friday July 30, 2010 @10:57AM (#33084150)

    When we leave the bag of dog poop in their cube, we don't light it?

    I think I can handle that.

  • ... I'd like to wish our BOFH overlords a happy sysadmin day.

  • just as soon as i put this sql group back into rotation and i need to doublecheck the logs on the new smtp relays to make sure they arent doing that weird bounce thing they were last night...er...morning right? it was 2ish?

    BTW whats the cake for today.
  • by snspdaarf (1314399) on Friday July 30, 2010 @11:04AM (#33084336)
    ...and you know it, clap your hands!
  • It's 1707 in the UK and I am just about to leave for home. NOW YOU TELL ME - so no cakes and flowers for me then.
    • Re:Oh Great (Score:5, Funny)

      by Eevee (535658) on Friday July 30, 2010 @11:23AM (#33084686)

      It's 1707 in the UK...

      It's okay, you've got a couple of hundred years before you need to worry about computers. Watch out for the Jacquard loom, that will be showing up in only 94 years.

      • Hmm, I thought that leaving out the colon would set that up nicely.

        /Posting from home now - that's one (the only!) benefit of working in a rural office; a 10 minute drive home through the countryside.
      • You know, for some time now I've been thinking that the Doctor really needs a good sysadmin to straighten out the TARDIS. It's good he's finally got one.

  • It seems nice to have a day for it... people don't care or even notice that System Admins exist until something goes wrong, and then they are simply blamed until it goes right again.
  • by RingDev (879105) on Friday July 30, 2010 @11:19AM (#33084598) Homepage Journal

    I opened a trouble ticket with the text "Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day!"

    -Rick

  • Non-Holiday (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 30, 2010 @11:20AM (#33084608)

    That's like having a day for sasquatch. A Happy System Administrator? Doesn't exist!

  • by Wh15per (1526101) on Friday July 30, 2010 @11:40AM (#33084994)
    My wife told me this holiday was a bunch of garabge. So I told her no more flowers on Administrative Professionals' Day. And then I DDoS'd her server. Haha!
    • by rsax (603351)
      Pace yourself man. You're eventually going to want to use her server again.
  • "In the past year, [sysadmins'] pay has dropped, and more of their positions are being farmed out to temporary workers."

    Sysadmins... and everyone else.

    That said, cheers to all the sysadmins out there and thanks for all the hard work!

  • by acoustix (123925) on Friday July 30, 2010 @11:42AM (#33085038) Homepage

    Somebody must have been reading the intranet site at my company because this year people brought in food for the I.T. department. It's on the company event calendar. I'm stuffed. The food and appreciation makes me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.

    • by p3bf (459005)
      You trust eating food given to you by other people employed at your company? The IT staff at places where I've worked don't even leave their lunches in the company fridge. Perhaps they were overcautious, but all it takes is one vengeful person.
    • by Dog-Cow (21281)

      If the food is making you feel fuzzy inside, you probably shouldn't have eaten it.

  • thanks for making the tubes work, keep it up!

  • They like temps as they don need health care to be pay for by the work place and that why worker cost so much in the usa the high cost of health care that over seas that work places do not pay for.

  • It's nice to have a day you are appreciated. Next time you send that e-mail, save that document or IM your friend please remember all the hard work that goes into those services.
    • by Abstrackt (609015)

      I appreciate anyone who does work I can't or don't want to do. A day of appreciation is nice but a few moments on a regular basis are better. I know it's the janitor's job to empty my garbage can but I still thank him for doing it.

      Why did I use the janitor in my example? Because he deals with a lot of garbage and doesn't get much credit for it either.

      • When the cleaning crew comes by to empty my trash cans, I thank them.

        Every time I'm working late and they come to my cube.

  • by geekoid (135745)

    Happy [insert job your paid for doing here] day.

    Mamby pamby whiny crap.

  • Yay you. Here's a $%^&ing cookie. Now get the $%^@ back to work and hit your $%&^ing ticket quota!
  • And dont forget that the official UK sys admin day site is at http://www.sysadminday.co.uk/ [sysadminday.co.uk]
    I am confident that it wont get slashdotted.
    Mainly because nobody cares about sys admins

    Although I must admit that lots in work liked that I took in cakes!

  • No self-respecting sysadmin would dare sign their boss up for (er) spam, would they?

  • With such comments as "Most days you suck. Today you suck less." and "Great job at keeping things working most of the time" *sniffle, tries to hold back tears*

    (only reason they remember is I have it added to my shared work calendar)

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