back to article Rejoice! System Administrator Appreciation Day (SAAD) is nigh

All Mariah Carey wanted for Christmas was you. Freddie Mercury and Queen wanted a lot more. All in fact. But what will the league of sysadmins desire most when their Appreciation Day rolls round next week? Now in its 23rd year, SAAD or System Administrator Appreciation Day is slated for July 29, and the The Register is …

  1. My-Handle Silver badge

    A handshake and a heartfelt thank-you

    It's not much, but it's a good start.

  2. GlenP Silver badge

    I'd happily give mine a day off but I made that mistake today and my phone hasn't stopped ringing so he's out of luck!

  3. ColinPa

    Baby sitter required

    So who will look after the end users, while the SAAD people are collecting their awards and attending the thank you party? Do phones have to be left at the door?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Baby sitter required

      This is an important cultural note, if you have a helldesk/pfy/edtech/anywarmbodywhocananseraphonecallwithturnitoffandthenonagain:

      Share the joy of the day, bring in something to share with the rest of the IT and IT adjacent (and lets face it, probably also basement dwelling) colleagues and coworkers. Make a good impression and even the DBA might come down from the Ivory tower of the up-of-stairs to run interference for a day.

      It's on an Friday, so you weren't going to change anything anyway right?

      1. MrDamage Silver badge

        Re: Baby sitter required

        Who even needs the interns? We could just script it, and have Roy do the honours for us

  4. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge
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    I doubt I can find the site now, but a developer wrote a post on his blog some years ago with a quote that I've etched (more or less accurately) into my memory:

    "Most people don't know what sysadmins do, but if they all took lunch at the same time, you would run out of bullets defending your shopping cart full of canned goods from radioactive mutants before they had even gotten around to ordering."

    I'm on permanent recovery (god willing) from being a sysadmin, but props to my former brethren and sistren!

  5. Antron Argaiv Silver badge

    I retired at the end of last year

    So this year will be the first I haven't acknowledged a worthy sysadmin. I'll send an email to my former IT friends acknowledging them, though.

  6. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    Obvious: a new roll of carpet, a year's supply of quicklime, a new spade and a screwdriver set for loosening window frames. Sysadmins deserve to be supported in their hobbies.

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      On second thoughts people like to stick with their old familiar implements so just a new blade or handle for the spade, depending on what's worn out or broken this year.

      1. MrDamage Silver badge

        Upgrade your hardware

        The newer shovels make digging in dry, hard, or compacted soil easier.

        1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

          Re: Upgrade your hardware

          The serrated blade should make it easier in the more favoured woodland - getting through tree roots. And dismemberment...

          1. bombastic bob Silver badge

            Re: Upgrade your hardware

            maybe a chainsaw and hockey mask to go with it?

  7. TekGuruPA

    A new LART, of course!

  8. miken101

    The Internet... turn it off and on again.

    For a 24 hour period.

    Then people might just appreciate what we do.

    And it would also give us something to do for the following year!

    1. Gene Cash Silver badge

      Re: The Internet... turn it off and on again.

      I HEARTILY second this notion. Turn the net off for a day, and see how people get along.

      I mean EVERYTHING. All the internet-of-twats devices, gas station pumps, light bulbs, thermostats, phones, ATMs, in the whole world lose connectivity for a 24 hour period.

      NO exceptions. If your bank/restaurant/hospital can't run without internet, you need to fix it.

      Probably more fatalities than Thanos snapping his fingers...

    2. Usually 1027309

      Re: The Internet... turn it off and on again.

      We turned the internet off for a day, that'll learn you ya bastards!

      Hi I'm from HR, unfortunately the economic shock from the internet outage, yesterday, means we have to reduce opex. We are therefore placing 80% of sysadmins at risk of redundancy

      1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        Re: The Internet... turn it off and on again.

        OK, we'll turn off decmmission HR systems so 100% of HR become redundant.

  9. stiine Silver badge

    Strippers and party balloons.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Bean Soup

    Made with boiled beancounters.

  11. Pirate Dave Silver badge

    Coke and ho's?

    (But at my age, that's Coca-Cola and Hostess Ho-ho's.)

    1. Shooter

      Brother, does that ever ring true!

  12. Will Godfrey Silver badge


    A practical gift

    1. Short Fat Bald Hairy Man

      Re: Asprin

      Dare I suggest that an even more practical gift would be a real doll?

  13. TeeCee Gold badge

    Obvious, really.

    Some nice, shiny new bit of kit to install. Ideally something that requires extensive assembly and which will not work without surgery and extensive reconfiguration.

    That sort of thing could keep me happy for days on end. Bonus fun points if the provided manual is in error in a couple of key places, as sorting that out always got me a warm, smug feeling of godhood.

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Public Holiday

    Here in Darwin in the NT, it is usually a public holiday. Allegedly Darwin Show Day, but I just put that down as an excuse.

    Unfortunately this year, show day was the Friday the week before, so at work on SAAD.

  15. Bill Gray

    I am shocked -- shocked! -- at the inaccuracy...

    "...It also follows Pi Appreciation Day on July 22..."

    July 22, also known as 22/7 = 3.142857..., is π Approximation Day. My wife even made a quiche, which is approximately a pie. (In truth, I think it was just a coincidence, and she just happened to want to make a quiche. But it was baked in a pi plate.)

    1. Cederic Silver badge

      Re: I am shocked -- shocked! -- at the inaccuracy...

      Ah, you appreciate pi on the date that most nearly approximates to it.

      Similarly, you appreciate your sysadmins on the day that most closely reflects their value to you. $29/7 an hour.

  16. PenGun

    How quickly we forget. Never forget "down, not across". ;)

  17. Mr Dogshit

    That web site is "Proudly powered by WordPress"

    Are we sure these are sysadmins?

  18. Danny 2


    A sys admin helped get me sacked once, for no good reason. I figured that out but 'magnanimously' offered him a lift home, way out of my way.

    All the drive I was thinking, "On coming traffic or the road ahead." He certainly deserved a crash, but I'm an engineer, the oncoming traffic didn't deserve that.

    I was demoted to sys admin in Holland once, it was horrific all that porn taking up a quarter of the server I'd suddenly inherited. And what to do about it. How to look people in the face next day.

  19. James Dore

    A goddamn RAISE.

  20. Antonius_Prime

    May as well roll this out again!

    In honour of sysadmin day.

    (Guess the "inspiration", win an internet cookie...)

    "Hi, you're gonna call off your righteous indignation.

    You're gonna publicly state that there is no such thing as unnecessary downtime, or, these guys are gonna take your email access.

    Look, the people you are after are the people you depend on:

    We run your systems, We empty your file trash, We connect your websites.

    We keep the system up so people like you can come on Facebook and bitch about downtime.

    We guard your collection of 'pictures' while you sleep.

    Do not mess with us.

    We're the admins."

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "a punch and pie party"

    punch the most obnoxious and pie the rest?

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I'd just be happy to have my project deadlines changed to something realistic. "Yesterday" is not realistic

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