It's System Administrator Appreciation Day--a reminder to thank the hard-working folks who keep it all going, and who usually only hear from others when things go wrong. To mark it, we're launching a contest gives a nod to what sysadmins deal with: We're looking for the quintessential messy server room.
As well as bragging rights, you'll win a trip to London for the CNET Networks UK Technology Awards on 24 September. You'll get the chance to hobnob with key industry players at the networking dinner and awards ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane. We'll put you up for the night at that hotel, too, and pay for your train tickets.
Of course, we'll want evidence. So post a photo in a blog entry to let everyone see what your server room is like. You can't upload an image, but you can include html that pulls in a picture posted to another site. (If you need help with this, let me know. But I'll bet you won't.)
Update: If you need inspiration, here's CNET staffer Juzar Valiji in our Comms Room. It's not as untidy as it could be:
Our judges will take a look and decide on the winner. They'll take into account any comments left on the blog, so keep that in mind when choosing your photo. It's worth doing it soon--the cut-off for entries is 24 August. Come on--show us what you've got.