We'd like to honor each and every SysAdmin out there laboring in the networks, armpit deep in Cat5, fending off feral lusers, and maintaining that small black box with a flashing red light called The Internet. We salute you, SysAdmin heroes and heroines far and wide!
Now, to unveil the winners of our SysAdmin Survival Pack.
First, a thank you to our nominators, without whom we wouldn't have heard the harrowing tales of our esteemed SysAdmin nominees. May your your emails arrive with attachments intact and your hard disks be free of malware henceforth.
It wasn't easy to randomly throw darts--er, carefully choose the 10 nominees selected for public praise and voting. We hope that all the nominees get the respect they deserve today, but especially our winner, chosen by popular vote:
SysAdmin King Daniel O., Director of IT, in Fresno, CA, who wins a Steampunk cork pop gun and all this stuff
And his nominator Tracy B., who wins a $100 ThinkGeek gift certificate
The winning entry, written by Tracy:
"We work for a Boys & Girls Club, and Daniel is our sole IT person for 16 sites, and often has to deal with staff and volunteers who are clueless on how computers operate. "Oh, it needs to be turned on for the printer to be used by other people?" or "My computer died, and I forgot that you told me I needed to back up my files. Is there someway that I can get that document back?" Since we're a non-profit, we get donated doorstops by people who've upgraded their systems, and think they're doing a wonderful thing by giving us something that still uses Windows 95. Somehow, he's been able to integrate everything, keep it all running and still teach kids how to properly navigate the internet. I realize that we're small potatoes compared to others, but to several thousand kids who use our computer rooms on a daily basis, Danny's dedication and devotion to technology is something we depend on...and often, underappreciate."
Runners-up each receiving a $50 gift certificate:
1. Jeff L., The (Not So Social) Systems Administrator, in College Station, TX
2. Devon M., SysAdmin, QA, Technology Go-To Guy, in Chicago, IL
Random $30 gift certificate-winning voter: wolfdragoons24
Congratulations, winners! We'll be in touch via email soon.
So happy SysAdmin Day, geeks. We leave you with this epic story submitted by Indigo Dreams: