In 2007, Splunk co-sponsored the second Sysadmin of the Year contest, with the theme of “Is your sysadmin a rock star?”
As part of the contest, Patrick McGovern asked Eric “Maverick” Garner to write a song “talking about the wonders of being a sysadmin”. It was recorded and provided as a metal hair band rock version (sung by Michael Wilde), as an unplugged version (sung by Maverick), and without lyrics. Those entering the contest could then create or remix their own song about being a sysadmin. If anything was learned from this contest, it is that sysadmins as a rule should not sing.
The contest shirt has the rock on hand gesture as ascii art composed of binary. Reportedly, the binary reads either “Splunk” or “Splunk Sysadmins Rule All” or something to that effect.
Sysadmin Rockstar (by Eric “Maverick” Garner) Copyright © 2007, Garner. All rights reserved. I may look like an average guy Truth is, I am more than that I can cd to your directory and quickly read your files with cat I can ls your ip address and reset your date and time I can ps and find your process and stop it with a kill -9 Sysadmin Rockstar, I’ve got command-line skillz Sysadmin Rockstar, just watching me will give you chills Yes it will I download all the patches and fixes and countless system updates I push’em out to all the servers So nobody escalates Never have time to look it up I just figure it out as I go I’m in the cube next to yours But I’m the real one running the show Sysadmin Rockstar, I’m your IT go-to Guy Sysadmin Rockstar, I can hack it on the fly Yes I can (refrain) I upgrade all the raids I resolve every hairy network issue I maintain all the apps and servers OSes and the DBs too, yes I do Some people say I belong with the geeks Others say I belong with the nerds But the truth is, I’m one of a kind and my actions speak louder than my words (guitar solo) Sysadmin Rockstar, I’m your IT go-to guy Sysadmin Rockstar, I’ll make it work, do or die Sysadmin Rockstar, I take the SH out of IT Sysadmin Rockstar, Yeah, that's me Move over Move over Move over And let me drive Move over Move over Mover over and let me drive for a while (repeat chant above and fade out)
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