Who has the most underappreciated job in IT?

By William Maher on Jul 29, 2011 7:58 AM
Filed under Services

Sure, you've had some long days at the office, but you couldn't possibly have it as bad as this particular band of IT soldiers.

If you're thinking of a career in IT, don't look at this web site.

It's a tribute of sorts, to the sweat, mind-power and sheer ingenuity of a formidable band of people working in technology that get up at 3am to fix servers, unclog networks after someone emails around a 150MB joke video, and quite possibly will be working this weekend while you're sitting down to a DVD box set.
 
That person is the SysAdmin. They're a bit fed up. 
 
"Let's face it," states the site. "System Administrators get no respect 364 days a year."
 
"No one sees more dead computers in a day than a sysadmin. No one sees them doing truly baffling things, and no one has more stories of computers failing, acting possessed, or even catching on fire."
 
"Bring the new mail system online, setup virtual servers, re-configure DMZ, eat breakfast."
 
There's also this gallery of "horrors", including photos of flooded systems and messy cabling jobs.
 
The answer? Tomorrow (Friday, July 29) is international System Administrator Appreciation Day; a day where perhaps someone will say thank you for having the limit on their inbox file size upped.
 
Jokes aside, the site is at the least an interesting snapshot of what goes on in the bowels of a server room. We particularly like this tongue in cheek list of things you probably shouldn't do on a network.
 
Still we can think of a few similar stories we've heard from other people working in IT. There's even a term - crunch - used to describe the ridiculous hours programmers are sometimes required to work to get a title to market. And there's many other jobs that require excessive overtime.
 
Do you work in technology? What do you do, and what are your working hours? Add your comment below.
 
[Credit to Zgeek for putting us onto www.sysadminday.com]
 
 
 
 
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