Some heroes get a key to the city; some gain the glowing admiration of thousands of doe-eyed citizens, and others work long hours, across time zones (and maybe across time itself), keeping everything safe and running, with no recognition at all. These un-sung, undercover heroes are the SysAdmins, and, today, we the Symantec Connect community team takes a special moment to offer them the recognition that they deserve. Happy International System Administrator Appreciation Day!
To celebrate, we’re inviting all of you SysAdmin heroes out there to take a minute or two out of your busy day of saving the world to tell us your top “woes” (humor is encouraged, and watch your “phrasing”) in the comments below. For your woes, we “have something for that”--100 Symantec Connect rewards points to the first twenty commenters today (one entry per person, please)! Make sure to “vote up” your favorite suggestions. Symantec judges will select our top five favorites as winners to print on a special Symantec System Administrator Appreciation Day T-shirt (which we will also be giving away to those commenters whose suggestions are chosen). Read full contest rules here.
To kick things off, here are our “Top 5 SysAdmin Woes” from our Reddit audience:
- “Just because it's an electronic device with buttons, doesn't mean I can or should fix it. I did not attend VCR and TV repair school.”
- “Saying ‘It doesn't work’ doesn't help much. Use several nouns and verbs… even a colorful metaphor or two would be nice.”
- “Yes. I adore you for waiting until 4 PM on Friday to bring me a problem we could of resolved earlier in the week. Good times. </sarcasm>”
- “We never get to ‘clock out’. Even while on vacation, we get those calls… “HOW DO I PRINT?!””
- “Things would go much smoother if folks would approach our desks with offerings of Legos or Chocolate before launching into the latest urgent plea for help because of an accidental file deletion.”
Check out the interview with SysAdmin Day founder, Ted Kekatos, and get the scoop on the story behind the day.
We feel your pain! Thanks for everything that you do.
Happy Sys/Storage/Server/DB Admin Day,
From all of the Symantec Connect Community Managers