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It's System Administration Appreciation Day! So, let's say thank you to the people keeping our systems going.
System administrators keep humans and machines in sync. When your Internet is down, you accidentally delete an important document or forget your password: they are here for you. So today, for System Administration Appreciation Day we want to say thank you and give you ideas on how to show your sysadmins how much you really love them.
Lunch or Dinner
Who doesn't love food, right?! So, go down to that creepy IT lab, where your sysadmins are sitting in front of their computers trying to save your deleted files and give them everybody's favourite food: PIZZA. Oh, and don't stay to eat with them. They don't want you in their sacred halls.
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Let's be honest: we don't always make it easy for our sysadmins: We call them up for every minor bug which we could have solved ourselves, if we just took the time to google it. By adding our minor issues to their big everyday tasks, their job can get very stressful at times. So, you should get them something like the mesmerizing Hypnocube: an LED cube that transfers your sysadmin into relaxing spheres with its various flashing colours. Now, when you call the IT helpdesk and no one answers be assured they're not ignoring you they're just hypnotized by those flashing lights. 👀
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Duct Tape isn't only practical when it comes to keeping things in place. Some users seem to have the IT helpdesk number on speed dial – and oh, how often did your sysadmin want to shut them up… The answer to all their problems: Duct Tape – keeps your objects in place and chatterboxes shut. What a world to live in!
USB Missile Launcher
Not just constant callers are a problem, also eyebrow raising requests such as "I deleted my Internet" make your sysadmin question how the person on the other side of the phone is able to get out of bed in the morning. Desperate times call for desperate measures: Your sysadmin needs to be able to punish those people hurting his brains and we found the perfect gift designed for this: The USB Missile Launcher. It can fire foam missiles and can be controlled using a normal computer targeting unsuspecting annoying system users.
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"Hello, IT! I Have a Problem!" In case of a system emergency, your sysadmin has to react immediately. He needs to get from his own office to the server room to your desk and back asap to guarantee you have a running system. What better way to do that than by hoverboard? I assure you, none! So, get out there, buy the hoverboard for your favourite sysadmin and prepare for a shy thank you hug. If you're lucky she/he will allow you to use it sometimes. Win-win!
Sysadmins might not be the heroes we want, but the one we need. Hence, it's time for them to not just feel like a superhero, but also to look like one. Even if Edna Mode isn't a big fan of capes, we are! In the end, what is a hero without a cape? You just need to get your sysadmin that cape in their favourite colour. Imagine how cool she/he would look cruising through the office on that hoverboard with a cape, priceless!
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Because they know what they're talking about.
The prevailing wisdom is that the fast pace of automation, digital change and AI (artificial intelligence) will soon leave most of us jobless. Talking with some of the most successful tech entrepreneurs around the world, not one agreed with this dark premonition. Rather, they pointed to a different kind of future we should prepare for.
Breaking our addiction to devices and social media<p><a href="https://simby.com/" target="_blank">Simby</a> is a fully personalized, wearable AI technology that aims to break our addictions to our devices and social media while still giving us all the benefits of being digitally connected. Co-founder and head of product Andrew Doherty believes technology should benefit our lives and do no harm, and that users should have full control of their data. This 'sassy best friend' is still under development but coming soon.<strong></strong></p>
The buzz around Beep<p>Organizations can be as buggy as bad software, with minor frustrations putting a damper on everyone's concentration and creativity. Doing something about these problems can feel like swimming upstream, especially when management doesn't understand how much energy small annoyances suck out of their staff.</p><p>Katz Kiely is part of the team behind <a href="https://wearebeep.com/" target="_blank">Beep</a>, a system that rewards and recognizes people for raising problems and finding solutions in their business. It puts leaders in touch with their employees' real challenges, flattening the hierarchy and reconnecting people with meaning in their work.</p>
Growing a business like a garden<p>Author and tech entrepreneur Aaron Dignan knows exactly how hierarchy and bureaucracy hold back progress in business. He gleaned this wisdom from in-depth study of organizations known for adapting to change and getting fast results, like Spotify, Burning Man and Basecamp.</p><p>He's not only published these findings for the benefit of other entrepreneurs in his popular 2019 book <a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brave-New-Work-Reinvent-Organization/dp/024136180X/" target="_blank">Brave new work: Are you ready to reinvent your organization</a>? He's also founder of <a href="https://theready.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Ready</a>: An 'operating system' that helps businesses change their culture and see themselves <a href="https://medium.com/the-ready/the-operating-system-canvas-420b8b4df062" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">more as a garden than a machine</a>.</p>
Smartening up the factory<p><a href="https://cloudnc.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CloudNC</a> is bringing safety and accuracy to factories with AI and autonomous manufacturing. Their clients manufacture parts for air travel, space exploration and defense, among other industries, where perfection is necessary every time.</p><p>Full automation in manufacturing also allows for on-demand production. This option is in high demand since COVID-19 has made the global market and labor supply hard to predict. Co-founder Theo Saville says <a href="https://cloudnc.com/an-interview-with-theo-saville-forbes-europe-2019-manufacturing-industry/" target="_blank">making manufacturing more environmentally sustainable is also top of CloudNC's agenda</a>.</p>
Blockchain on the farm<p>Agriculture is one of the fastest-changing industries on the planet, while soil depletion, habitat loss and methane emissions come to the fore in the public consciousness. Farmers often face little choice in how they operate because they're time-poor, isolated and face high set-up costs for change.</p><p><a href="http://www.agriledger.io/home/" target="_blank">AgriLedger</a> Founder and CEO Genevieve Leveille wants farmers to get the best price for their hard work, giving them more choice and making sure doing better for people, animals and the environment pays dividends. Using blockchain, AgriLedger brings users benefits like supply chain traceability, market information and access to finance.</p>
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