System administrator day.

I think this is just the best day ever.
So. Join me today for a pint to mark System administrator day

An extract from the Sys admin Day site reads:

A sysadmin makes sure your network connection is safe, secure, open, and working. A sysadmin makes sure your computer is working in a healthy way on a healthy network. A sysadmin takes backups to guard against disaster both human and otherwise, holds the gates against security threats and crackers, and keeps the printers going no matter how many copies of the tax code someone from Accounting prints out.

A sysadmin worries about spam, viruses, spyware, but also power outages, fires and floods.

When the email server goes down at 2 AM on a Sunday, your sysadmin is paged, wakes up, and goes to work.

A sysadmin is a professional, who plans, worries, hacks, fixes, pushes, advocates, protects and creates good computer networks, to get you your data, to help you do work — to bring the potential of computing ever closer to reality.

So if you can read this, thank your sysadmin — and know he or she is only one of dozens or possibly hundreds whose work brings you the email from your aunt on the West Coast, the instant message from your son at college, the free phone call from the friend in Australia, and this webpage.

I’m one of the lucky ones. I love my job. I love when something breaks because I get the satisfaction of fixing it again.

Still though, could things only break between normal social hours like between 9AM and 11PM? That would be fantastic.
I got a text this morning at 4AM to tell me that one of the archival servers were down. Great. That’s exactly what I want to hear at 4AM in the morning.