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Nominate SysAdmin of the Year By Oct. 12 76

Posted by kdawson
from the barely-sung-heroes dept.
PMcGovern writes "Deadline for nominations for SysAdmin of the Year 2007 is this Friday Oct. 12. The award is sponsored by Slashdot, SourceForge, Digg, Usenix, Lopsa, Splunk, and Naspa. The first 2500 sysadmins nominated win a free SysAdmin Rockstar tee shirt. Prizes include a MacBook Pro, a non-bricked Apple iPhone, Gibson guitar, Splunk license, a full-paid trip to the LISA conference, cases of Red Bull, and more. If you know a sysadmin that goes beyond the call of duty, nominate them."
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Nominate SysAdmin of the Year By Oct. 12

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  • bofh == win (Score:5, Funny)

    by User 956 (568564) on Monday October 08, 2007 @11:27PM (#20907123) Homepage
    I nominate this guy [iinet.net.au]
  • by eikonoklastes (530797) on Monday October 08, 2007 @11:49PM (#20907231) Journal
    Seeing as sysadmins are the ones reading slashdot, I foresee a tonne of self nominations.
    • Like mine. Pick me pick me pick me!
    • If you have time reading /. then why isn't Exchange operating properly? I still can't sync my PDA or log in through owa.
      Because of you slacking I can't do much right now. The only thing I can do is read /. and wait for things to get fixed.

      wait a minute...

      I vote for Eikonoklastes.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 08, 2007 @11:55PM (#20907271)
    Shouldn't this be called "north-american SysAdmin of the year", considering they only accept nominees from two countries...?
  • by ender- (42944)
    I guess it wouldn't be very sportsman-like to nominate myself. Of course, it would also be a horrible lie, since I'm a pretty mediocre SysAdmin at best. :)
  • by McNally (105243) <mmcnally&gmail,com> on Tuesday October 09, 2007 @12:20AM (#20907375) Homepage
    Surely the sysadmin of the year should be able to unbrick their own iPhone..
  • because he put scripts to delete all emails with subjects like "CONGRATZ YOU WON A FREE IPHONE FOR BEING THE ADMIN OF THE YEAR BY /.!!!!", so he'd probably won't get the prize anyway.
  • I nominated myself for the sole purpose of registering for something who's male 'model' is fatter and uglier than I am. Sold!
  • by jesser (77961) on Tuesday October 09, 2007 @12:36AM (#20907483) Homepage Journal
    ... for selflessly pooling their resources to create what is perhaps the largest distributed computing project ever, the Storm botnet [wikipedia.org].
    • by rts008 (812749)
      Yeah, I was going to nominate myself for this award, but when you put it that way....well, I have to concede to MS's Junk-fu.
      But does the Storm botnet run Linux?...No?, well I guess I am SOL here.
      The win goes to MS botNets, hands down.

      I'll bet SETI@Home would love this kind of power- too bad it's relegated to Windows spambotnets.

      Thankfully I have lost track of this shite since I have been running Kubuntu since 5.10.(now on 7.04, and no problems!)

      Yes, I caught the recent article about the cracked Linux boxes
  • fie gentlemen, fie (Score:2, Insightful)

    by meliux (630093)
    "The Contest is open only to residents of the U.S. and Canada..."

    well bugger that. Here I was expecting an all-expenses-paid-for-round-the-world-trip, but no... I can't even make an "all I got was this lousy t-shirt" comment.
    • "excluding Quebec due to restrictive contest laws." Why? A quick search turned up this [advertisinglawyer.ca], this [searchwarp.com] and this [gouv.qc.ca]. Interesting.
    • It appears that only American's and Canadian's can be SysAdmin of the year... I guess that America "Is the World" anyway so... you can't complain that much - otherwise they will put a cap in ya ass!
      • by MollyB (162595) *
        Interesting. AC made this post [slashdot.org] twenty-seven minutes prior to yours. Marvelous coincidence? I realize that slashdot users overseas get irked over this site's (North) American slant, but it carries political correctness to absurdity if the contest/publicity stunt were made international. The criteria by which sysadmins in say, China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, etc., might be the opposite of what westerners value. Sysadmins in this hemisphere largely facilitate connectivity for the user, while those in the nat
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Probably the sysadmins who do it for free (NGO's), under fire (Iraq, Afganistan, Sudan, Rwanda (I'm going there to do IT work next year) and China (pro-freedom anti-communist NGOs).
  • I nominate one Wesley Crusher

    • I nominate one Wesley Crusher
      Done.
      wil wheaton
      wil@wilwheaton.net
      monolith press

      1) really is a rock star.
      2) plays mean guitar hero
      3) adminsters systems well.
      4) rules the earth
      5) has clever nick name
      6) gave pax keynote
      7) insane DIY cred
  • MacBook?? (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    How many sysAdmins use MacBooks!?
  • If you're reading this, it means you don't deserve to win this award.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by laejoh (648921)

      hehehe, later they'll say:

      Only six people on Slashdot knew that the title of the Sysadmin of the Year was not to wield power but to attract attention away from it.

      With humble apologies to a certain D. Adams of course

  • Stupid contest (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mcrbids (148650) on Tuesday October 09, 2007 @02:51AM (#20908135) Journal
    Really, the best sysadmin is one so good that he/she/it doesn't appear to do much of anything at all - because that's exactly what he/she/it should be doing. Who is really going to nominate a guy who seems to just sit around while everything around him seems to work just perfectly?

    Thus, the contest is biased. You'll either get:

    A) The guy that always seems "industrious", nominated by people who aren't sysadmins, or

    B) The guy that seems "lazy", sits around not doing much at all while dozens to hundreds of carefully written scripts fire off all day long, sending an occasional message when an error condition is detected. Since this guy would have to be nominated by a sysadmin, and sysadmins are in the minority, this contest is biased in favor of the incompetent.
    • by fyoder (857358)

      B) The guy that seems "lazy", sits around not doing much at all while dozens to hundreds of carefully written scripts fire off all day long, sending an occasional message when an error condition is detected. Since this guy would have to be nominated by a sysadmin, and sysadmins are in the minority, this contest is biased in favor of the incompetent.

      It's probably a problem that could be overcome by a perl script of only a few lines, but I not only seem lazy, I AM lazy. Though the free shirt would be nice...

      • by Bluesman (104513)
        A sufficiently intelligent Perl script of a few lines could nominate you over and over by October 12th.

        If you could have it also be the winning entry of the obfuscated Perl contest, then you'd win for sure, and deservedly so.

        May the best sysadmin win.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by blhack (921171) *
      Yes, yes, yes yes, and YES!!!

      YES! I cannot TELL you how many times i've had to explain this to people. I get to sit in my office and play with my lin box all day because of all the time i spent when we first got started organizing everything, and making sure that everything was setup CORRECTLY!

      Some people in my company/industry hate me because I'm 20 (I started here when i was 19) and I'm the admin of a medium sized business (we have about 200 employees). What they don't understand is that the reason why
  • by Joce640k (829181)
    I'm the best!

  • Who's Googles main Admin? I want to nominate him - just to destroy some chairs in redmond...
  • by Erikderzweite (1146485) on Tuesday October 09, 2007 @06:42AM (#20909181)
    A couple of years ago a friend of mine asked me for an advice. He has just started to work as a sysadmin at some middle-sized bank. They have had a lot of *NIX servers that were working just fine. But there was also one Windows NT-based server there with a *very* special application which was absolutely crucial for bank's business processes. The very special "feature" of this application was that it crashed quite often and took the whole server to the realm of BSODs with every crash. The old sysadmin was working in the server room and has had no problem resetting the server manually if needed. My friend, however, preferred remote administration from his sunny office (yea, i know, how weird it sounds :) ) so walking down to server room in order to restart a server was hardly an option for him.
    Fixing a program was not possible - no source code was available.

    After a weirdest brainstorming i have ever participated at, he finally found a solution - he has built together a crappy PC with linux 2.4 on board and connected it to the server via a crossover cable.
    The sole task of this PC was to ping the alleged server and if it wasn't responding - eject /dev/hdc.
    The cd-rom drive opened itself and pressed the Reset button on the server. Fool-proofed system and the funniest linux-based solution to solve windows proglems I've seen in my life.
    • funniest thing i've read here in a long while.
  • Kim Jong Il [theregister.co.uk]

  • But... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by jellomizer (103300) * on Tuesday October 09, 2007 @07:21AM (#20909365)
    Isn't he best sysadmin the one you don't know is there. I find in general Bad Sysadmins are the ones complaining all the time, and always working very hard with fires, Complain about the pager because they know it will go off. While good sysadmins are rarely seen unless they want to be so. Because they have the organization running so well and smooth that most problems are preemptively fixed, the ones that are not have enough backup and fail over that he can fix without disrupting anyone else's work. That is a good sysadmin... The problem with that is they are also the first ones to be considered for layoffs because they don't seem to be working hard... But they learn in a couple of months that his job was necessary.
  • by vitalyb (752663) on Tuesday October 09, 2007 @07:59AM (#20909563) Homepage
    My sysadmin told me to vote for him or he'll post my internet logs and rape my user permissions.
  • Ok, I'm going to risk a massive Troll slam, but my trigger finger's just too itchy.

    > Nominate SysAdmin of the Year

    With real programmers around, isn't this kind of like the NIT tournament, the battle to be the 65th best college basketball team in the country?
  • http://www.chemistrius.com/ [chemistrius.com] He's gotta get his main site back online .. *hint*.

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