Well, on the 25th of July some of us celebrated the 9th SysAdmin Day, but I forgot!
Thanks to Aghi, I remembered and with a slight delay, I made sure to add it to my calendar, so next year I won’t miss it.
On the front page of the website dedicated to this event it states what a sysadmin is, and why you should thank us:
If you can read this, thank your sysadmin
A sysadmin unpacked the server for this website from its box, installed an operating system, patched it for security, made sure the power and air conditioning was working in the server room, monitored it for stability, set up the software, and kept backups in case anything went wrong. All to serve this webpage.
A sysadmin installed the routers, laid the cables, configured the networks, set up the firewalls, and watched and guided the traffic for each hop of the network that runs over copper, fiber optic glass, and even the air itself to bring the Internet to your computer. All to make sure the webpage found its way from the server to your computer.
A sysadmin makes sure your network connection is safe, secure, open, and working. A sysadmin makes sure your computer is working in a healthy way on a healthy network. A sysadmin takes backups to guard against disaster both human and otherwise, holds the gates against security threats and crackers, and keeps the printers going no matter how many copies of the tax code someone from Accounting prints out.
A sysadmin worries about spam, viruses, spyware, but also power outages, fires and floods.
When the email server goes down at 2 AM on a Sunday, your sysadmin is paged, wakes up, and goes to work.
A sysadmin is a professional, who plans, worries, hacks, fixes, pushes, advocates, protects and creates good computer networks, to get you your data, to help you do work — to bring the potential of computing ever closer to reality.
More about this day, and sysadmins on: http://www.sysadminday.com/
And a short sysadmin song, written by a sysadmin, performed by a sysadmin and brought to you by a sysadmin: