Mr. T for a week raising money for Cancer Research UK

Mr T for a week One of the management accountants who works for a client of mine in Leeds has been raising money by being Mr T for a week, all day, every day. I only found out about this when I turned up to do some Excel training for them, even though he has been preparing for this for three months – he has grown a full beard, shaved his hair into that famous hairstyle (inspired by a Mandinka warrior, apparently) and arrives at work every day in combat gear ready for action (and drinks a pint of milk a day!)

The Yorkshire Evening Post has an article about his fundraising stunt, and there are some pictures in this gallery.

Now, since the whole point is to raise money I’m going to “quit this jibber-jabber” and get you to go over to JustGiving and make a donation for Cancer Research (don’t forget to Gift Aid it if you are a UK taxpayer, accountants especially like to keep that cash out of the taxman’s hands!)

System Administrator Appreciation Day 2008


SysAdmin Day – last Friday in July every year


If you can read this, thank your sysadmin

A sysadmin unpacked the server for this website from its box, installed an operating system, patched it for security, made sure the power and air conditioning was working in the server room, monitored it for stability, set up the software, and kept backups in case anything went wrong. All to serve this webpage.

A sysadmin installed the routers, laid the cables, configured the networks, set up the firewalls, and watched and guided the traffic for each hop of the network that runs over copper, fiber optic glass, and even the air itself to bring the Internet to your computer. All to make sure the webpage found its way from the server to your computer.

If you are not sure why you should show your appreciation, gratitude and even love for your SysAdmin, why not watch the System Administrator Song from Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie

Make sure you don’t forget SysAdmin Day this year or ever again


Click to download a calendar entry (.ics file) and add it to your diary (eg in Outlook or Lotus Notes) to remind you every year.

<update> Just found this SysAdmin day cartoon – maybe you should set it as your desktop background to remind you to celebrate on the day.

If you are a SysAdmin, are you celebrating this day? What gifts would you most appreciate from your colleagues?

If you are not in IT, how will you be showing your SysAdmin that you care?

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all

Happy Valentine's Day

From here: XKCD Webcomic

Marketing obfuscation minimises clarity of message delivery vector

In the latest Technet newsletter to drop into my inbox I found this nugget of barely-comprehensible garbage (my emphasis):

The runaway success of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 owes largely to its ability to integrate disparate data formats in a standard content management engine that facilitates unrivaled information sharing and collaboration. As noted in the current edition of TechNet Magazine, SharePoint makes it possible to standardize many aspects of content and lifecycle characteristics through content types…

So, let’s try a translation of that middle bit:

…owes largely to the fact that it allows people to share and collaborate on a wide variety of types of data through a single platform.

Better, although I’m still not entirely happy with “platform”. The user experience is to access the data through different software products (within their applications or directly through a portal / intranet site) so “single piece of software” could be misunderstood. “Single server” is not necessarily true either – what do you think? Is the message being lost somewhere along the way here? How could this be written to describe the key benefits of MOSS clearly, unambiguously, and without paradigm-shifting “marketing-speak?

Watch those data entries

Thought I would share a cartoon I saw:


Appropriate cartoon

After a week of writing things in this blog, I stumbled upon this cartoon and realised how appropriate it was:

Bored with the Internet

Bored with the Internet cartoon