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(Some Guy)   Today is System Administrator Appreciation day, so buy them a soda and some microwave popcorn before telling them that you deleted the internet   (thedailywtf.com) divider line 81
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2012-07-27 08:10:41 AM  
 
2012-07-27 08:10:43 AM  
Don't worry about it, you already bought me a very nice bottle of bourbon.
 
2012-07-27 08:12:04 AM  
I'm a network engineer. Does that fall under sysadmin day?
 
2012-07-27 08:12:50 AM  

John Nash: The website is down


Came here to say I was heading that way for observance. Thank you, good sir.
 
2012-07-27 08:22:25 AM  
Everybody at home and work think I'm SysAdmin. GAF for five seconds?
 
2012-07-27 08:22:51 AM  
The popcorn would be nice. I do have a few co-workers that bring me 2 liters when that have to bring me a computer to fix. So I think I am ahead of the curve on this one. Though I never got a thing at any of my previous jobs.
 
2012-07-27 08:30:15 AM  
Happy SysAdmin Day. Go punch a user, you earned it.
 
2012-07-27 08:32:42 AM  
Hail, oh Elders of the Internet!
 
2012-07-27 08:32:54 AM  
Also regarding the linked post:

"There was about 25 feet of network cable, not taped down, running over the office floor to a wall jack and then under the door into the server room to their server which is conveniently located on a file drawer with the exhaust pointing right at the thermostat."

As if taping a cable on the floor down would make anything ok.
 
2012-07-27 08:33:52 AM  

hosalabad: As if taping a cable on the floor down would make anything ok.


Hey, at least it is loose on the ground instead of stretched taught 6 inches off the ground
 
2012-07-27 08:34:54 AM  
the documents i keep in the recycle bin are missing, restore them please
 
2012-07-27 08:39:03 AM  

hosalabad: Happy SysAdmin Day. Go punch a user, you earned it.


Can I clip their knees with a fungo bat instead?
 
2012-07-27 08:39:57 AM  

Fatlander: the documents i keep in the recycle bin are missing, restore them please


Don't laugh: we actually had people who did this on a system at my job when the regular emptying
of the communal trash bin in our main productivity application got rid of some files.
 
2012-07-27 08:46:09 AM  
I'd love to share some amusing CSB sysadmin story but after 20 years of doing this shiat, feel like I'm just about done with it. And the enterprise is just about done with me, or at least the CIO thinks so; she's of the opinion that Linux runs itself, so heads (or headcount) will no doubt be rolling out the door soon when migration to "the free, zero-downtime, self-aware cloud" is complete. BWHAHAHAH *sigh*

/No presents for SysAdmin day, thanks; just please no more power outages in the DC and I'll be happy w/ that.
 
2012-07-27 08:50:04 AM  
I swear to God, the next sales person that says 'the cloud' is the answer to all our problems, gets a kick in the junk.
 
2012-07-27 08:53:45 AM  
So far this morning.

1. ZOMG I WROTE OVER THAT FILE!!!!
2. Hmmm, I can't log in to my VPN account that I haven't used three years

/not bad for 45 minutes.
 
2012-07-27 08:54:17 AM  
Yay. Today my job as sysadmin will be disabling accounts, pulling in systems for backup/wipe and dealing with whatever other fallout comes from this round of headcount reduction.
 
2012-07-27 08:56:41 AM  
Storage admin here. My day consists of asinine restores. People asking for more storage (its free!). Someone calling me and asking if a backup was running at a specific time because their app is having issues.
 
2012-07-27 09:00:30 AM  
Should we include some cat nip in with the gift basket? I'm not exactly up on protocol.
 
2012-07-27 09:02:21 AM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: hosalabad: Happy SysAdmin Day. Go punch a user, you earned it.

Can I clip their knees with a fungo bat instead?


I would opt to break their fingers....bt that might be illegal.
 
2012-07-27 09:06:13 AM  
It's been a pretty quiet week here, which is surprising - I'm covering for two other people in the office (of six) that are gone. Other than some silly user problems, nothing of any real significance has gone wrong. Some Exchange 2010 issues integrating into our new CommVault 9 server, but our support was actually quite helpful in getting that going. Ongoing firewall problem that got dumped in my lap - somebody's trying to overcomplicate secured FTP and our firewall's not having it, but that's a long-term issue. It's nice that we can have a third of our staff take a week off in the mountains somewhere and don't have to bug them.

/Been here twenty minutes, still no tickets
//Coffee time
 
2012-07-27 09:12:38 AM  
rm -r /Internet
 
2012-07-27 09:22:03 AM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: I swear to God, the next sales person that says 'the cloud' is the answer to all our problems, gets a kick in the junk.


"the cloud" ugh...
 
2012-07-27 09:31:00 AM  
Sysadmins like Root Beer and Whatchamacallits. Or at least, I've been told.
 
2012-07-27 09:32:01 AM  

bikerbob59: Lt. Cheese Weasel: hosalabad: Happy SysAdmin Day. Go punch a user, you earned it.

Can I clip their knees with a fungo bat instead?

I would opt to break their fingers....bt that might be illegal.


Knecapping and broken fingers count too. Also pulling nails out rust pliers, and spoons scooping out eyes.
 
2012-07-27 09:34:14 AM  

bulldg4life: hosalabad: As if taping a cable on the floor down would make anything ok.

Hey, at least it is loose on the ground instead of stretched taught 6 inches off the ground


No, no...Nooooo. The word is taut. T-A-YAOOOO-T. Taut.

And if you aren't reading this in MAAHHH AAYYYY voice...

reggiesami.files.wordpress.com

...well, you are now. Get it right Christine.
 
2012-07-27 09:34:16 AM  
Hot Cocoa Sampler Boxes all around then.
 
2012-07-27 09:37:15 AM  

hosalabad: bikerbob59: Lt. Cheese Weasel: hosalabad: Happy SysAdmin Day. Go punch a user, you earned it.

Can I clip their knees with a fungo bat instead?

I would opt to break their fingers....bt that might be illegal.

Knecapping and broken fingers count too. Also pulling nails out rust pliers, and spoons scooping out eyes.


FWIW, I'll pass... I'm against animal abuse.
 
2012-07-27 09:46:26 AM  
I spent a decade being a Sys admin. I'm now switching to nursing. Even on days when I have to do nothing but change old people diapers all day long, there is still less shiat than working in IT.
 
2012-07-27 09:50:21 AM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: I swear to God, the next sales person that says 'the cloud' is the answer to all our problems, gets a kick in the junk.


I think there will be a line forming for this one... Really "the cloud".... Because "internet" was just too technical....
 
2012-07-27 09:50:34 AM  

Recourse: I'm a network engineer. Does that fall under sysadmin day?


Come join me, brother, we get our own special breed of stupid. The "guy who thinks he knows what he's doing but actually deleted the entire IOS"

"What do you MEAN if I disabled 'ip cef', my ip input traffic will crash my router!? That's BAD?"

"Oh, there were just so many commands in there, they didn't look important. I googled it."

"We have 10GigE switches, yes, but you wouldn't buy a router with similar ports. Yes, sir, *that's* why you have a bottleneck.... ever hear of the weakest link in the chain!?"

"Yes, if you close your laptop, all your Presence will shut down. And your softphone."

These comes from my own team.
But I've done it too.

Just yesterday, sending some test faxes (like a BOSS): "Communication error!? WTF? I can't get these to the fax gateway!!"

Associate walks over. Plugs in RJ-11 into wall. Layer 1.
 
2012-07-27 09:53:53 AM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: I swear to God, the next sales person that says 'the cloud' is the answer to all our problems, gets a kick in the junk.


I hear that more now in Asset Management than I did as a SysAdmin. A kick in the junk is way too nice.
 
2012-07-27 09:54:07 AM  
Zeus has taken out part of a DMZ'd webserver this morning - yippie.
 
2012-07-27 09:57:45 AM  

John Nash: The website is down


Of course it's down; the sysadmin has today off!
 
2012-07-27 09:59:46 AM  
SteelDraco
Been here twenty minutes, still no tickets

What, y'all don't have 4 months of backlog tickets? What kinda shop are y'all running there!??!

/working year 10 of sysadmin duty
 
2012-07-27 10:11:39 AM  

meteorite: I spent a decade being a Sys admin. I'm now switching to nursing. Even on days when I have to do nothing but change old people diapers all day long, there is still less shiat than working in IT.


I've been in this industry in one capacity or another for 30 years. In all that time, I never once thought a steaming pile of shiat in a diaper was better than what I was doing.

Then the ITIL framework came along and now I have more shiat to shovel than the guy at the back of the parade behind the elephants. Longs for a happier time of cowboy admins and 'hey, lets just bounce the server and go have lunch' salad days.
 
2012-07-27 10:13:03 AM  
I think putting up with their miserable attitudes and rudeness 24/7 means that there should be a "tolerating sysadmin day".
 
2012-07-27 10:18:35 AM  

sure haven't: I think putting up with their miserable attitudes and rudeness 24/7 means that there should be a "tolerating sysadmin day".


you really should be on our side of the stupid to see what exactly we have to deal with.

"i don't know anything about computers, but, she was having problems and needed help so i tried to fix it "
 
2012-07-27 10:19:52 AM  
farm4.staticflickr.com
 
2012-07-27 10:22:19 AM  
blog.serverfault.com
 
2012-07-27 10:22:22 AM  

sure haven't: I think putting up with their miserable attitudes and rudeness 24/7 means that there should be a "tolerating sysadmin day".


Then can we have "Tolerating Muggles Day?"
 
2012-07-27 10:22:43 AM  
Hey, guy. I dragged the operating system icon to the shredder icon, and now I'm having trouble rebooting the boot-boot, or whatever. If you have a moment...
 
2012-07-27 10:29:54 AM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: meteorite: I spent a decade being a Sys admin. I'm now switching to nursing. Even on days when I have to do nothing but change old people diapers all day long, there is still less shiat than working in IT.

I've been in this industry in one capacity or another for 30 years. In all that time, I never once thought a steaming pile of shiat in a diaper was better than what I was doing.

Then the ITIL framework came along and now I have more shiat to shovel than the guy at the back of the parade behind the elephants. Longs for a happier time of cowboy admins and 'hey, lets just bounce the server and go have lunch' salad days.


combine that with servers which run under the umbrella of Fed regs (e.g. health care regs) and you have my sympathies.

PaperPushing Tool: "You need to recertify that server."
Me: "It's the same server it was last year. Well maybe we patched it."
PPT: "Right. Here's the 30-page form, we need that with 3 levels of signature and all appendices must be numbered correctly or this will be rejected."
Me: "F*rk."

And then there's the change control. Acck. The SysAdmin work is not the hassle... the paperwork is, at least in any organization of significant size.
 
2012-07-27 10:31:56 AM  

Head_Node: SteelDraco
Been here twenty minutes, still no tickets

What, y'all don't have 4 months of backlog tickets? What kinda shop are y'all running there!??!

/working year 10 of sysadmin duty


My backlog is all long-term stuff, not just things I didn't have time to do. That's what I work on when things are slow.

This is about year three for me. I started here as helpdesk, and still do that, but I'm also in charge of all the Windows servers (we're about half Windows and half Linux).
 
2012-07-27 10:37:27 AM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: I swear to God, the next sales person that says 'the cloud' is the answer to all our problems, gets a kick in the junk.


Mind if I help out with the junk-kicking?
 
2012-07-27 10:38:18 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: Fatlander: the documents i keep in the recycle bin are missing, restore them please

Don't laugh: we actually had people who did this on a system at my job when the regular emptying
of the communal trash bin in our main productivity application got rid of some files.


I cannot count the number of people who are upset if we empty the trash in their Outlook. It's like they want to delete mail but not really.

And how about the users that copy themselves in when they send mail. Because having one copy of every mail note you ever send in your Sent Mail is not enough ... you need a second in your inbox as well!!!
 
2012-07-27 10:45:32 AM  
fc08.deviantart.net
 
2012-07-27 10:50:33 AM  
Does the small (5 person) business employee whose part time responsibilities include keeping the tech running cuz no one else can, count?

If so: I prefer a second pot of coffee for the afternoon. Thankyouvermuch.

I'll raise the morning cup to you 'Mr./Ms. I have to deal with idiot corporate stooges."
 
2012-07-27 10:50:33 AM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: I swear to God, the next sales person that says 'the cloud' is the answer to all our problems, gets a kick in the junk.


imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-07-27 11:00:12 AM  
In about 15 minutes I'm taking my team to the movies, then lunch at a nearby brewpub.

It's good to be the boss.
 
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