Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Thank a system administrator this Friday
This Friday, July 29 is System Administrator Appreciation Day. A system administrator, or sysadmin, is the person who (from the http://www.sysadminday.com/ website):
...plans, worries, hacks, fixes, pushes, advocates, protects and creates good computer networks, to get you your data, to help you do work -- to bring the potential of computing ever closer to reality. So if you can read this, thank your sysadmin -- and know he or she is only one of dozens or possibly hundreds whose work brings you the email from your aunt on the West Coast, the instant message from your son at college, the free phone call from the friend in Australia, and this webpage.
I truly believe sysadmins do not get nearly the appreciation they deserve, so I'm baking a cake for ours at the place where I work (don't tell them. It's a surprise). I will bring it in on Friday morning and celebrate all the work they do.
I work on the same floor as our information technology department and I love how they are always there. No matter how late or early it is, someone is working. Even if it's the Friday before a three-day weekend or the day before Thanksgiving and everyone else in the building is gone, someone in our IT department is discussing some problem, often in a huddle. I never feel lonely when I'm at work, even if my half of the floor is deserted.
So, please, thank a sysadmin on Friday, July 29. The website even gives gift suggestions such as goodies, Best Buy gift cards and six packs of Mountain Dew. I love sysadmins and I'm going to tell them. (Photos from the http://sysadminday.com/ website)