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Systems Administrators: 'Thanks!'

Showing appreciation to systems administrators worldwide on July 26 for their relentless, hard work year-round.

Think of systems administrators as the life guards of IT, constantly scanning the network and clients for trouble. Periodically, sysadmins come to the rescue of blue-screening servers and end users from computer conniptions, but not often acknowledged by coworkers with a "thanks" for a job well done.

"System Administrators get no respect 364 days a year," states Ted Kekatos on his Web site, http://www.sysadminday.com. So, he's trying to change that again this year, with a reminder to those who bump into their sysadmins to extend some appreciation on Systems Administrator Day this Friday, July 26.

This is the third year that Kekatos, who's now a software consultant/sysadmin at heart, is celebrating what originally began as a small company picnic in Chicago. (See last year's story, "System Administrator Appreciation Day" in the News archive.) Meant as a day to highlight the hard-working efforts of sysadmins worldwide with their own day, Kekatos suggests on his Web site that coworkers show appreciation with gifts (excluding any item with a corporate logo), a day off, or a cake and ice cream party.

Last year, Kekatos says he sent requests to Hallmark and Bluemountain to publish greeting cards. Although he isn't certain if his campaign is responsible, Bluemountain this year offers one (http://free.bluemountain.com/engx/
professions/PRO_sysadmin.html
).

About the Author

Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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