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Get ready for SysAdmin Day on July 29

SysAdmin Day is Friday, July 29. Whether or not you're expecting any recognition from your workplace, you can still enter a contest to win some cool prizes -- but the deadline is tomorrow. See the details here!

Yes, there is an organization out there working to recognize the long-suffering system administrators, and so the official System Administrator Appreciation Day will be celebrated this Friday, July 29. Has this caught on in your workplace? No? Then you might want to start dropping some hints. How about a nifty animated gif that you can plant here and there?

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If you're not confident that your co-workers and users will take the hint, you can add a little bribery to sweeten the pot. ThinkGeek is offering a $500 spending spree as an incentive for folks to nominate their sysadmin for entry in ThinkGeek's 2011 SysAdmin Pageant. The panel will choose a SysAdmin King and Queen, who will win an array of prizes from ThinkGeek. Pageant judges will be the folks behind the scenes at The Mary Sue and Geekosystem. And there seems to be no problem with putting your own name in the hat to win the shopping spree money. Get cracking, because the deadline is tomorrow!

So enter to win a $500 shopping spree for yourself--or nominate your favorite Sysadmin--by 11:59pm ET on Thursday, July 28! Watch The Mary Sue and Geekosystem for updates, and we'll announce the winning SysQueen and SysKing on Sysadmin Day, Friday, July 29.

Let us know if your users/coworkers recognize you on SysAdmin Day.

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11 comments
Cooperatedeal
Cooperatedeal

Have to agree with other posts as well, problem is most have no idea what it takes to do our job. I can only dream that my job knowledge level was as static as some of these other peoples...

nicoduca
nicoduca

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andriaxphilx
andriaxphilx

:) Have to agree with other posts as well, problem is most have no idea what it takes to do our job. I can only dream that my job knowledge level was as static as some of these other peoples...

SysAdMan
SysAdMan

My computer lab users MAY have done something nice for me, but as I work as a computer scientist for FAA HQ, I'm one of the 4,000 on furlough (read "leave without pay") this week. I'm reminded of the WORTH "demotivational" poster at Despair.com (one of my favorite sites), which reads: "Just because you're necessary doesn't mean you're important." So much for this year's SysAdmin day...

Cubbie
Cubbie

No one apprceiates 'The Computer Person' until they really screw something up. You save their butt, you may get a thanks and then it's back to your cave...slackers. Have to agree with other posts as well, problem is most have no idea what it takes to do our job. I can only dream that my job knowledge level was as static as some of these other peoples...

ITsupportCOC
ITsupportCOC

I have never been appreciated here...they say they do (because Ive complained about it) but actions speak louder than words. The stupid secretairies get more appreciation and respect than I do. The only time anyone "thinks" of me is when they have a problem. Would be nice if they spread the appreication across the board. (ok...just venting...been a busy cranky day). :)

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

the next time you feel that way, ask yourself when was the last time you said 'Thank you' to the janitor.

jguerra
jguerra

Yeah right....

Maarburg
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Not even on sight? -sounds like the bandwidth shapping project starts... now. :)

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer like.author.displayName 1 Like

Reality programming killed the video channel.

nomad_tech
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For making me your SysKing, I would like to thank the legions of overeducated mindless Doctors and MBA's who somehow got this far in life and acheived so much without ever knowing where they saved their documents, knowing the difference between a monitor and the computer, or what a power button is. I hope you remember the nice gift I got you for bosses day.