No? Well, good. Your sys admin probably doesn't want a hug from you anyway. But you should make certain to wish her or him a "Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day!" today.
It may look like they are just "playing on the computer," but they aren't. Sys admins work hard:
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.
And we don't make their jobs easy. Nor do their families give them a break. (Imagine going home and hearing "Son, it's great to talk to you. It has been a while. So, I called because I've been having a problem with my computer at work. Can you tell me how to make [insert random ancient proprietary software package name] work?" or "Susie, I bought a [insert random piece of hardware name]. Can you configure it for me while you're visiting on vacation?")
So today, take a moment and thank your system administrator for the all of his or her hard work. And if you're feeling especially thankful, I've heard that they like gifts. - K