…is today, apparently.
I can’t say I remember getting much appreciation when that was my own job title, but evidently things have changed a bit. Sophos is making quite a big thing of it on its Naked Security blog.
- Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day! includes an excellent XKCD cartoon. (I think they should have made it clearer where it came from, though: see the XKCD licence page. But maybe that’s a matter of interpretation.
- Worst things to say to a sysadmin [POLL] seems to speak for itself.
- Help a sysadmin: Common ground for security professionals and system administrators is a little more serious.
I was reminded by the ‘Worst things to say’ blog of an article I saw many years ago in much the same context. It took a bit of finding, but it turned out that another site had the same thought a couple of years ago.
You need to go down the page a bit to find the reprinted section about Ted the mistreated sysadmin. Most people will love it apart from sysadmins and support professionals who might worry that someone will take it seriously, and those awful people who really do regard the people they work with so inconsiderately. But I’ve worked with enough people like that myself not to worry about offending them… Not at ESET, by the way. Those days are long gone.
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow