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Author Topic: July 25th - Happy SysAdminDay you poor b*stards  (Read 4952 times)

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July 25th - Happy SysAdminDay you poor b*stards
« on: July 25, 2008, 08:29:04 AM »
Last Friday Of July (this year on July 25th) is SysAdminDay - System Administrator Appreciation Day.

I knows these guys and gals need a day of appreciation -- it's a largely thankless painful job, made all that much harder by the fact that the entire internet infrastructure is a disaster.

So let's say a word of thanks to our tireless wonderful sys admin at DonationCoder, Gothi[c], who has done an incredible job keeping this server running smoothly.



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Re: July 25th - Happy SysAdminDay you poor b*stards
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2008, 08:35:47 AM »
it looks like a painful job to me so i'm very grateful to Gothi[c].

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Re: July 25th - Happy SysAdminDay you poor b*stards
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2008, 08:44:59 AM »
Thanks! :)
I didn't know about this one, hehe.

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made all that much harder by the fact that the entire internet infrastructure is a disaster.

No kidding!

Email is evolving into a situation where only a handful of very large providers trusts eachother. (the situation is growing into a situation where yahoo, hotmail, and google will trust eachother and suspect anything else to be spam). The spam problem keeps on getting worse despite new technologies being invented all the time to combat it, and it gets very hard to identify genuine email from spam sometimes. People today send html, images, documents and even movies via email on a protocol that was initially designed to handle just text. None of these old protocols were designed with the internet of today in mind.
Don't even get me started on DNS. Recently they just found a huge vulnerability in the protocol that would allow an attacker to poisen the cache of a dns server. (eg: when you type in donationcoder.com the dns server at your isp could very easily LIE to you and give you the ip of some other -possibly malicious- website.) Mind you that this was not a vulnerability/bug in some program. This was a protocol weakness, thus affecting many if not all programs that implement it. Moreover, the exploit code for this vulnerability was released way too soon. ISP's barely had the time to upgrade their software (and I bet many still didn't!)
The www is a mess and html standards suck, browsers implement them randomly...
I could go on forever I think :)

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Re: July 25th - Happy SysAdminDay you poor b*stards
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2008, 10:39:58 AM »
I could go on forever I think
So, you're not completely satisfied?

Thanks a bunch for what you do!  When things run smoothly it's all too easy to overlook the very fact that they do, giving little or no thought to the effort that lies behind the apparent normalcy.


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Re: July 25th - Happy SysAdminDay you poor b*stards
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2008, 01:15:45 PM »
Unsung perhaps, but not unappreciated. Thank you. :)
« Last Edit: July 25, 2008, 01:26:42 PM by 40hz »

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Re: July 25th - Happy SysAdminDay you poor b*stards
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2008, 02:22:44 PM »
Happy System Administrator's Day Gothi[c]


I finally got our company web server straightened late this morning ... and as usual nobody said shit. LOL

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Re: July 25th - Happy SysAdminDay you poor b*stards
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2008, 04:38:17 PM »
Happy System Administrator's Day Gothi[c]


I finally got our company web server straightened late this morning ... and as usual nobody said shit. LOL

So sorry to hear that Stoic.

Happy SystemAdministrator's Day!

Never let it be said that the DC crowd does not take care of its own. :Thmbsup:

P.S. If they continue in that vein you could always reinvent yourself, and turn into a BOFH! (http://en.wikipedia....d_Operator_From_Hell) Serves em' right if you do!  ;))
« Last Edit: July 25, 2008, 04:40:34 PM by 40hz »

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Re: July 25th - Happy SysAdminDay you poor b*stards
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2009, 10:04:08 PM »
We missed this years!  :(

A giant belated thank you to John Sennesael (Gothic) for all he does to keep the DC server running smoothly.

If anyone ever needs a high quality system administrator, there is nothing he can't do.

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Re: July 25th - Happy SysAdminDay you poor b*stards
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2009, 11:59:16 PM »
I'm so pissed, I was off sick .au Wed, Thurs and Fri. When I saw the notification on ServerFault on .au Saturday, I sent my boss an email telling him we missed (he didn't know about it). His response was:
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damn - we finally could have gotten the standing ovations we deserve
Somehow I find this unlikely...

Ehtyar.

P.S. F**K email and F**K DNS :)

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Re: July 25th - Happy SysAdminDay you poor b*stards
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2009, 12:04:21 AM »
Being given permission to do this might have been a nice present for most of us methinks, assuming we could gag each and every user immediately following institution of the ban. What do you think guys? 8)

Ehtyar.