July 28th, 2006


System Administrator Appreciation Day

Today, the last Friday in July, the last Friday in every July, is international System Administrator Appreciation Day. Read the website:So whenever your office computer boots up successfully in the morning, whenever your documents come out of the correct printer, whenever your emails get delivered promptly, whenever you go another day without losing access to the company database, take some time to feel good about the people behind the scenes who make sure all this stuff is still working. And, today, bundle all that feeling-good together and do something for the system administrators, to make sure that they realise that you appreciate their work.

Alternatively, if you're one of those totally wonderful people who do this valuable work, why not take a moment to enjoy the gratitude that your co-workers are showing you today.

Oh, wait...

LJ cocks it up again shock

For reasons which escape me, and which haven't been announced or explained, a very large random selection of users have had their birthdates removed from their user profile pages.

The LJ TOS means that maintainers of adult communities (of which I am one) have to ensure that all members of those communities are adults, according to the dates of birth shown on their profile pages. The fact that most birthdates have accidentally been hidden is a royal pain.

Check your own profile page at http://exampleusername.livejournal.com/profile to ensure that your date of birth is displayed, if that's what you would wish. It may have disappeared -- mine had.

You can decide whether, and how, your date of birth is displayed on this page, where a drop-down will offer you "Do not display", "Display only the month and day", "Display only the year", or "Display month, day, and year".

This has been a public announcement on behalf of the poor sods who mop up after LJ cocks up.