July 25: Systems Administrator Appreciation Day!

It's that time of year when those who maintain the hum of the network should stand up and be recognized.

SysAdmin Appreciation Day is the brainchild of Ted Kekatos, who, as a working systems administrator four years ago, began the idea at a small company picnic in Chicago as a way to recognize the quiet but key work that systems administrators perform. (Kekatos' definition of sysadmins is inclusive, and lists anyone whose job is to administer a variety of computer services, such as network engineers, help-desk technicians, and Webmasters.)

His old company no longer thrives, so the picnics that served as the basis for the celebrations are no longer. Nonetheless, Kekatos every year continues to send out press releases to keep alive the growing tradition, now in its fourth year and continues to receive hundreds of e-mails regarding the unofficial holiday. Some of those e-mails, he says, come with pictures of ice cream socials that some companies hold to honor the IT staff (pictures from past year's celebrations are posted on the SysAdminDay site).

The SysAdminDay Web site seems aimed at users, as it defines the role of sysadmins and suggests a list of gifts that are appropriate for giving to administrators.

For more about SysAdmin Day, to go

About the Author

Michael Domingo is Editor in Chief of Virtualization Review. He's been an IT writer and editor for so long that he remember typing out news items in WordStar.

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Reader Comments:

Tue, Aug 5, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Easy as a US Marine i can understand what he says. I personally hold a lot of Certifications, MCSE both nt4 and 2000, Compaq ASE, CCEA (citrix) and a CNE cert. It fumes me that we as professionals work very hard to attain our status. We support a lot of Systems only to have most of our intellect being outsorced to people who despise us. It is easy to call americans arrogant and greedy, but why. we work hard, come serve our country, all we want are jobs that we can work. not to get outsourced for 15% of what an american makes, to where, India, Pakistan, Russia, China. yeah the very countries who dispise is and hate our guts we are sending our work there. the tallent over there wherever are not up to par. i mean highly educated and motivated, means their equivilant degree and poverty level would motivate anyone. I worked for a chinese owned company and let me tell you this. 1 the manager had a degree in electrical engineering yet could not speak english, couldn't do a 1st level job, (install windows, network card.) not stupid but very aragent and stupid to how business is conducted in the united states. the guys from india were even worse. I understand what i am saying is fucked up but man, is this our main compitetion. Worse when i was overseas those people , in my opinion were the worst i have ever seen. always thinking that they were better than any american.
I am a black man and i personally feel bad for them.

Tue, Aug 5, 2003 Scott Canada

Amen to Kevin's comments!! As far as Certs go, they are great for door openers, but you still have to be able to actually do the job. And don't expect extra $$ for the Certs...they don't appear to factor in when discussing salaries with companies.

Tue, Aug 5, 2003 Kevin Philadelphia

With user comments like this, one wonders how we can call ourselves "professionals". How sad.

Mon, Aug 4, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

To Mr USMC - who do you think you are? You might just have to subcontract the military overseas as well to do the job. I hope the average American is not like this idiot who's pumped up with steroids where his brain should have been. Guys, can we have more positive things to say and look at a win-win situation that will benefit everyone. Who wants to start?

Sun, Aug 3, 2003 Chuck Anonymous

I studied for 3 years to get my A-plus MCP in both workstation and server and now employers don't even care about certs...what a waste of time...I could just study 1 more year and get a bachelors degree. Already micro$oft has come out with another OS so I will have to start all over again....I am better off if I go back to working as a truck driver.

Wed, Jul 30, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

systems admin jobs are a joke... being a network admin is just a COMPONENT of a real job. learn how to design high level app environments, that's where the big bucks lie, instead of being another Microsoft "MCSE" lackey. you know Micro-$ doesn't support their silly cert tracks, and hiring employers could care less about certs on the resume anymore.

Wed, Jul 30, 2003 Whistleblower Washington D.C.

I thought you all might find what happened to my company earlier this year interesting. My company contracted some software development work to an Indian firm, which then unbeknownst to us sub contracted the work to a firm in china. When we received the product it was later determined that it had malicious code in it that allowed backdoor access to our systems for the chinese developers. My company works on many defense contracts and I don't think I have to tell you what a bad situation this has become. I just want to warn other companies sending work oversees...make sure they don't subcontract the work...and be sure to do a source code review when you receive the final product.

Tue, Jul 29, 2003 Tim Dallas,TX

Now Boys, don't bash the people over there, they just want to work too. It's the company's that send them all of our work that you should boycott. Cut off the hand that feeds them.

Tue, Jul 29, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Speaking of jobs, anytime your country feels like flexing your muscle against my company , YOU CAN JUST STAND BY.
sgt moore. USMC

Tue, Jul 29, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Yeah, all you Paper Indian outsourcing coke drinking PEOPLE WHO USE ALL CAPS. No wonder people don't appreciate sysadmins with conversation like this.

Mon, Jul 28, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Not true, for one, your jobs!

Mon, Jul 28, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous


Sat, Jul 26, 2003 Varjan Vipul Pakistan

I am not understanding the last three posts. What does 50 white pieces of paper have to do with a coke? Also what is a $% kicking list?

Fri, Jul 25, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

To all you Paper Admins:

Go back to McDonald's and do a job within your ability.

Fri, Jul 25, 2003 Ken Prescott,AZ

Yea, this and 50 white papers, and a buck will buy you a coke.

Fri, Jul 25, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

yep it is called your counrty is next on the $% kicking list

Fri, Jul 25, 2003 Rihpul Gumpta India

Why are we not having Indian Out Sourcers Appreciation Day. I am so busy now with all this work here. Please do the needful and have a day to celebrate me as well.

Fri, Jul 25, 2003 Brian Foert Lauderdale FL

Well it's about time. i have been disgruntled ever since take you dog to work day!!!!

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