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 http://www.SysAdminDay.com.
Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.