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July 26, 2002

Posted by Teresa at 11:38 PM *

Erik Olson, was today really System Administrator Appreciation Day? Were you properly Appreciated, or did you teach your employers why, in formal correspondence, you have the letters “B.O.F.H.” following your name?

And by the way, how does one observe System Administrator Appreciation Day? I’m pretty sure flowers aren’t it. Should we decorate the festive SysAdmin tree with dead mice, dead CDs, AOL coasters, and festoons of perfetti? Stick a little spindle on a DWIM key so we can use it as a mini-dreidl? Try very, very hard to not be stupid?

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#1 ::: Erik V. Olson ::: (view all by) ::: July 27, 2002, 12:00 AM:

1) Yes, it apparently is. Or was. Depends on your timezone at this point.

2) Yes and no. An annoying ex-user dropped a line, which was somewhat nice (and understood why I didn't take a job in the SilliValley for 90K -- I don't like pay cuts) But nobody at work said anything.

3) But I've got a bottle of Woodford Reserve and a bottle of Chimay Cinque Cents. I'll cope.

4) Formal response? Nah. "g/income/s//pants/g" on a mail spool is about as formal as I get.

#2 ::: Erik V. Olson ::: (view all by) ::: July 27, 2002, 12:15 AM:

Oh, yeah. Paying it forward. Or back. Or both. Props to George Mitchell, who runs the machine that ran the website for LACon III and Chicon 2000, and is running the website for Noreascon 4 and Midfan and even more. Also, fellow fan and sysadmin Mike Pins, who's become my sysadmin-of-last-resort for FreeBSD (and a pretty decent advisor if you want to get into hiking.)

There are other fannish sysadmins I'm forgetting. I'm sorry.

#3 ::: Chris O'Shea ::: (view all by) ::: August 07, 2002, 12:19 PM:

Oh, and the much more up to date BOFH archive can be found at

I hope all sysadmins had a great day and here's to another year of trouble free LANs (and very quiet users!)

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