Sys administrators get 'appreciation' Day

Break out the cake and ice cream (balloons optional), it's World Systems Administrator Appreciation Day on Friday, July 26.

Dubbed "a special day to acknowledge the worthiness of the person who really keeps the wheels of your company turning", a Web site has been established at outlining planned festivities.

The site encourages employees to say thanks to their administrators claiming: "Let's face it, system administrators get no respect 364 days a year. We are asking for a nice token gift and some public acknowledgement, (although sports cars and large piles of cash would be nice)."

Gift ideas include handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) units, portable MP3 players, Web and Java enabled phones and radio-controlled cars, trucks or boats.

There are even tongue-in-cheek tips for users when dealing with their system administrator:

* When talking about your computer use terms like "thingey" and "big connector",* When your administrator sends an e-mail marked "highly important" delete it at once. He's probably just testing some new e-mail software feature anyhow,* When your administrator is eating lunch at his desk, walk right in and spill your guts and expect him to respond immediately. They exist only to serve and are always ready to think about fixing computers,* When the administrator says he's coming right over, log out and go for coffee. It's no problem for him to remember your password,* Feel perfectly free to say things like, "I don't know anything about that computer crap." It never bothers administrators to hear their area of professional expertise referred to as crap.

* When the printer won't print, re-send the job at least 20 times. Print jobs frequently disappear into the cosmos for no reason. When the printer still won't print after 20 tries, send the job to all the printers in the office. One of them is bound to work.

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