System Administrator Appreciation Day
|System Administrator Appreciation Day|
|File:System Administrator Appreciation Day.jpg|
|Date||Last Friday in July|
|2020 date||July 31|
|2021 date||July 30|
|2022 date||July 29|
|2023 date||July 28|
|Related to||Programmers' Day|
System Administrator Appreciation Day, also known as Sysadmin Day, SysAdminDay, or Sysmas, is an annual event created by system administrator Ted Kekatos. The event exists to show appreciation for the work of sysadmins and other IT workers. It is celebrated on the last Friday in July.
The first System Administrator Appreciation Day was celebrated on July 28, 2000. Kekatos was inspired to create the special day by a Hewlett-Packard magazine advertisement in which a system administrator is presented with flowers and fruit-baskets by grateful co-workers as thanks for installing new printers. Kekatos had just installed several of the same model printer at his workplace.
The official SysAdmin Day website includes many suggestions for the proper observation of the holiday. Most common is cake and ice cream. There are many international websites which celebrate the holiday.
Many geek and Internet culture businesses, such as O'Reilly Media, also honor the holiday with special product offerings and contests. Various filk songs have been written to commemorate the day. The songs have reached a level of popularity where they are also covered by other performers.
- Spiceworks interview with the founder of System Administrator Appreciation Day Ted Kekatos
- The System Administrator Day Song (video and mp3)
- UKUUG System Administrator Day Song (video and mp3)
- Sysadmin Appreciation Day 2012 Tribute
- Hoyt, Elizabeth (July 27, 2001). "System Administrator Appreciation Day".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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