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Happy Systems Administrator Appreciation Day!

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

If you're an end user and you're reading this article on a computer at work, just remember that someone had to configure the network you're using to access our website, set up the desktop you're working on so you can get your job done, protect your data from theft or loss, and answer all those occasional "quick" questions you may have. Read: What Makes a Good SysAdmin?

If you're a SysAdmin, then today is your day!

July 25th is the 15th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. It's a day to "pay tribute to the heroic men and women who, come rain or shine, prevent disasters, keep IT secure and put out tech fires left and right,” as the SysAdminDay website puts it.

The annual event was created by system administrator Ted Kekatos as a takeoff on Secretary's Day and was first celebrated on July 28, 2000. Kekatos was inspired to create the holiday after seeing an advertisement for the HP LaserJet 4000 printer which showed a sysadmin in his cube with a line of appreciative users bringing him fruit baskets and flowers., the official site for the holiday created by Kekatos, includes plenty of suggestions for observing the holiday with cake and ice cream topping the list followed by other suggested food items, but also including "words of gratitude" and "confetti."

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Ketakos started the site by typing an email announcing the event and sending it to everyone in his address book. He later set it to various computer magazine editors. Some of those magazines picked it up and the event started getting press. Though not widely known outside of tech circles, the holiday has gained popularity in places like Russia where SysAdmin Day is celebrated through the weekend with events in numerous cities, such as those reported in this article in Russia Today.

Internet culture sites such as ThinkGeek and CafePress have also honored the day with special product offering, contests, or promotions, while professional organizations, such as the League of Professional System Administrators, and SAGE/USENIX recognize the annual event.

Sadly, if you're expecting a Hallmark card from your users, don't hold your breath as the greeting card giant doesn't list Systems Administrator Appreciation Day on their website, however there are plenty of e-card websites that do, so be sure to keep an eye on that inbox!

Regardless, if you get one email or dozens, happy System Administrator Appreciation Day from Tom's IT Pro to you!

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