Dell Canada has launched a petition for a National IT Day, recognizing “the hard-working men and women who keep our IT running — even when nothing else is,” according to a company press release.
 
Well, after all, there is a National Administrative Assistant Day (formerly Nationals Secretary Day); there's a National Boss Day; there is even, according to this comprehensive and rather absurd list, a National Eight-Track Tape Day. Certainly, IT workers have earned a day of recognition.
 
In addtion to the petition (sign here),  IT workers can enter to win $20,000 in Dell gear by submitting stories about the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis, or simply an argument for why IT workers deserve a day of recognition. While they're doing that, others can vote for their favourite story and have a chance to win a Dell Inspiron Duo tablet — the funky convertible whose screen rotates in its bezel instead of on a hinge — each month.
 
(Bear in mind: This is a contest, so you'll be required to register.)
 

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Dave Webb
Dave Webb is a freelance editor and writer. A veteran journalist of more than 20 years' experience (15 of them in technology), he has held senior editorial positions with a number of technology publications. He was honoured with an Andersen Consulting Award for Excellence in Business Journalism in 2000, and several Canadian Online Publishing Awards as part of the ComputerWorld Canada team.