System Administrator Appreciation Day

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System Administrator Appreciation Day
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A cake celebrating System Administrator Appreciation Day with Tux the Linux penguin on the top
Type Secular
Celebrations Cake and ice cream
Date Last Friday in July
2013 date July 26  (2013-07-26)
2014 date July 25  (2014-07-25)
2015 date July 31  (2015-07-31)
2016 date July 29  (2016-07-29)
Related to Programmers' Day

System Administrator Appreciation Day, also known as Sysadmin Day, SysAdminDay, SAD or SAAD, was created by system administrator Ted Kekatos. Kekatos was inspired to create the special day by a Hewlett-Packard magazine advertisement in which a system administrator is presented with flowers and fruit-baskets by grateful co-workers as thanks for installing new printers. Kekatos had just installed several of the same model printer at his workplace.[1]

The holiday exists to show appreciation for the work of sysadmins and other IT workers. It is celebrated on the last Friday in July. The first System Administrator Appreciation Day was celebrated on July 28, 2000. The official SysAdmin Day website includes many suggestions for the proper observation of the holiday. Most common is cake and ice cream. Many SysAdmin Day cakes are featured on photo sharing websites.

Many geek and Internet culture businesses, such as ThinkGeek and CafePress, also honor the holiday with special product offerings and contests. Various filk songs have been written to commemorate the day.[2][3][4] The songs have reached a level of popularity where they are also covered by other performers.

Attempts to have Hallmark Cards recognize the holiday as a Hallmark Holiday have yet to be realized. Many e-card websites already have special SysAdminDay cards available. [5]

The holiday has been recognized and promoted by many IT professional organizations, the League of Professional System Administrators and SAGE/USENIX.

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