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Today, this very Friday, is Sysadmin Day. As a system administrator, I'm naturally biased and think every day should be sysadmin day, but it's nice to know we have at least one day a year set aside for some recognition. What is really heartening to see is just how much awareness of the day has grown since its inception. As …


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  1. Anonymous Cowherder


    I've been given cookies!

    Ones that you can actually eat, not ones that store preferences either!

    1. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

      Re: Cookies!

      That's fantastic! Happy sysadmin day to you and to all sysadmins everywhere. Even Australia. /cc Adam Fowler && Aaron Milne.

  2. AdamFowler_IT

    Over in Australia

    Sysadmin day (the working day hours) are now over in Australia, nobody remembered here :(

    1. Pete 48

      Re: Over in Australia

      Australia is a large country, with an East Coast and a West Coast, just because it over for you in the East, doesnt mean its over for Australia.

      We still have 30 minutes of working day left here in the west, and im still waiting for some acknowledgement.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Over in Australia

        Hey, he's an eastern stater... to them Australia is the east coast... well, unless from Sydney in which case Australia is Sydney.

      2. AdamFowler_IT

        Re: Over in Australia

        Actually I'm a middler :) Sorry WA!

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Over in Australia

          My bad fellow middler :)

  3. Snark

    I'm going to celebrate in proper SysAdmin style. I've another 15hr work day planned due to completely unreasonable deadlines and understaffing. Still, I'll use the overtime to celebrate...

    1. Roger Greenwood

      You get overtime?

      Lucky bastard.

      1. Snark

        Re: You get overtime?

        I believe the argument goes along the line of refusing to work stupid hours without it and "we won't hire anyone else who can do it and our penalties for not doing the work are way more than paying you overtime costs". I am sure at some point insanity will prevail and they'll assume they can get it all done offshore to "save money".

  4. rich0d

    Going out and buying a dozen krispy kreme's for me and my co-workers, who have also probably no idea of the day of appreciation of us. :)

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    My employee is celebrating by scheduling a massive database upgrade that will take 4 days to complete. Unless it was the sysadmins that scheduled the work and told the bosses it will take 4 days and now they're off partying...

  6. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

    It will be well past Beer O'clock here in Blighty.

    I'd better head off down the Brewery before they are sold out (as they were last weekend) of beer or maybe I'll get some Hair of the Hog. Oh, these decisions are really hard. Isn't it the weekend yet

  7. Anonymous Coward
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    Carefull though..

    In many regions this day is hardly known and sometimes its considered 'cool' to know about it and to make a good impression as an employer.

    I do think its important to be very careful in regions where it is better known. Take the article here; "you can enter a competition", however: "you only need to register here..". And that should really lead up to the question: "So what are you going to do with my data?".

    In this case marketing, obviously, but it seems to be to a minor degree: "By clicking this button you submit your information to the webinar organizer, who will use it to communicate with you regarding this event and their other services". Obviously this isn't for me, I don't need more spam, thanks.

    So keep that in mind as well. Organisations who may appear to acknowledge "sysadmin day" might not simply do so because they feel good about us sysadmins but because they hope to collect a lot of personal information which can then be used for plain old marketing purposes.

    1. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

      Re: Carefull though..

      From the first article about the webinar:

      "None of the personal details used during registration will be retained after we've managed to get the swag out to the winners. I won't be providing the list of information to the vendors in the panel nor will I spam with you annoying marketing spam."

      Rules are here.

      Marketing? Not part of the plan. Not by half. This is about getting vendors to give you things, not about giving your info to vendors.

  8. Huw D

    SysAdmin day beers

    Will be hitting the pub in 6 hours courtesy of the gifts of money from staff and vendors alike :D

  9. Lee D Silver badge

    Useless to me - I work in schools and apart from the odd caretaker or contractor, there's no-one else about.

    Sysadmin Appreciation Day is pretty much the sysadmin working while everyone else is on holiday, for me.

  10. Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

    Still nothing here...

    2 more hours and still nothing. But I generally get thank yous over the year so I'm not to let down about it.

  11. OzBob

    DId someone remember

    to send Ed Snowden anything to celebrate?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: DId someone remember

      We could have a whip-round and buy him a mobile phone?

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    SysUNadmin day

    What day can we celebrate the obstructive and incompetent sysadmins?

    The ones who say no

    The ones who wait till the last minute then after several prods respond with a no

    The ones who sit on all the planning meetings and sign off on design docs then raise objections at the 11th hour

    The ones who fail to mention anything about how server A can't see server B due to their shitty network implementation

    1. fran 2

      Re: SysUNadmin day

      Lighten up man

    2. MartinBZM

      Re: SysUNadmin day

      HAAAAAAAAAAAhahahahahahahahahahahahaha !

      Please stop or I'll ... Schedule you a Windows 'update'.

      Ah, PubO'clock!

    3. MissingSecurity

      Re: SysUNadmin day

      Oh...You're one of those users....Enitilement...hmmm...*musing begins

  13. Peter Simpson 1


    We're getting ours a cake after lunch...they don't suspect a thing yet...

  14. Redsyrup

    Lunch on the company dime

    A nice sit down lunch with the Director of IT is the most I can hope for. Everyone else and their uncle is oblivious.

  15. Eric Kimminau TREG

    My question

    I would like to know what happens to all of the 5.25" floppies that I have put into the slot between my two floppy drives on the front of my computer. I think I have managed to fit 14 or 15 in there so far but my computer keeps asking me to "Insert next disk".

    Thank you!

  16. MrScott

    Monadminday, Tuesadminday, Wedadminesday, Thursadminday, Friadminday, Sysadminday, Sunadminday

    Know way to know for sure if sysadmin molecule is cis or trans, isomeric or chiral. All I know is when I add alcohol and stir the letters go all weird.

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You've had your 5 minutes...

    Now get back to work, tossers!

  18. seebert

    One great way to change this- if you are running your company's exchange or other calendar server- is to put a recurring appointment for the last Friday in July on everybody's calendars.....

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