great but why so long
great episode but its been sooooooooo long. Nice holiday?
friday beer time starts now
Things have taken a strange turn - the Boss is trying to broker some form of peace between us and the Beancounters... "I'm just trying to understand the animosity," the Boss says. "It's historic," I say. "It goes back centuries." "It can hardly go back centuries - computers have only been around for half a century, and you …
A wan smile upon my face for those happy memories relived...
At first I thought DUPE!
Then I thought "Simon is terminally ill and they dug up something from the archives and fiddled the bits around and we are never going to see a fresh yarn of blatant abus^h^h^h^h re-educati0n again and ... and ..."
*Sigh* I just hope now that the summer holidays are over and done with that Simon will return with freshly inspired new stories.
Thanks for the smile though, brought a little gleam of shine on my dull friday.
“Well there’s the interesting thing,” the PFY replies. “Before he slipped down those stairs he told Simon and myself that it might be beneficial for us to re-establish trust with all users who feel in some way underserviced by our expertise.”
Sounds advice, nevertheless, for easy success with expertise, Simon., but then you probably knew that already a long time ago.
Reminds me of the time when beancounters and IT bods came to an understanding.
The finance system had been a bit over specced. One month end, the finance director actually came over to IT and asked for help. Apparently he'd forgotten to run a really important report just before month end processing started. So, after a few moments and a point in time recovery to a "spare" part of the cluster, we got him to log in and run his report.
Afterwards he said "I was a bit unsure about signing off the very large PO for this system, but now, I'm so glad I did".
His trust in IT's decision to design some spare capacity had been amply rewarded. And we knew we could trust him for a few "upgrades" in future.
No bricks required, just a potential disaster.
At long last! A new BOFH... with an in-probably low Beancounter body count; me thinks the PFY and BOFH are getting old and letting the side down ;) (Especially as the PFY still had half a brick).
Now... just how long until the next one?!?! 24 Jul 11:02 ...[the entire month of August]... 11 Sep 11:02. It's heart breaking that BOFH is getting so thin on the grounds; it's been something I've looked forward to on a Friday for, well, years.
Maybe Simon Travaglia needs a donation drive: send beer tokens his way for more episodes??
Waddyamean "Beancounters and bricks don't mix" ?
Yes they do. I've seen it with my own eyes when they were pouring the foundations for the motorway.
It was late at night and I was on my way home from the pub. I saw this cement mixer full of bits of brick and beancounter empty its load into the trench for the foundations. Trust me.
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"...while I go and talk to the one who wants us to use Gmail as the company email system.”
Sadly, this is one option my (chemical manufacturing) employer is actively reviewing. Worse still, I think the idea originated from WITHIN IT. [shudders]
Mods, we need an icon for "whilst sadly shaking my head, I am forced to concur". Head-in-hands-weeping, perhaps?
“...and so we decided to do a one-on-one trust exercise,” the PFY explains to me moments later as another beancounter is helped from the room. “He was going to lean forward and I was not going to hit him in the head with the first heavy item that came to hand. Only he leant too far forward - because he didn’t trust me - and a brick which I found in my suitcase came into contact with him.”
This is the moment I was asked to quiet down or leave the office. Brilliant work!
For the past three weeks I have avidly checked for a BOFH, I was surprised to see this one, Im not dissapointed - it is rushed and less than optimum, its not as finaly polished as one has come to expect. But lets face it, Simon is not a machine, he's not perfect, the bad one is going to slip through ocasionally. I hope you get over your writers block soon Simon. Perhaps we could all post a few ideas in future.
I actually recommend Gmail Pro or whatever Gmail on your domain is called...
For small businesses only. I.E. generally less than 5-10 employees.
A whole corporation running it is just freaking madness! I mean, $50 an employee a year? Heck, even for 10 employees, you could just trash pick an old P4 and throw Linux/BSD with Sendmail/postix/qmail on it, though I do occasionally enjoy the features of a full-featured PIM suite like Exchange, I've usually found that Exchange just isn't as reliable as good old fashioned sendmail. And it lets idiots spam EVERY PERSON on the network when the secretary is looking for a replacement ink tape for her dot matrix printer.
Sadly, she had an accident last week. Hasn't been seen since.
i could beat (l)users around the head with a brick my job would be easier. wouldnt have to worry aobut brain damaging them, hell it might make them smarter.
alas BOFH while yes it helps me get through my long hours at work it only makes me long for the ability to do half the things they do to the morons they deal with
The worst is when the boss IS the bean counter, AND considers himself an expert in computer hardware requirements as well. The office organization was biggest, fastest system with largest hard drive and largest on board memory on "bean counter's" desk - used for email, document writing, web browsing, and porn, not necessarily in that order. Smallest, slowest system in use by database guy stuck with running sorts and reports overnight, except when "bean counter" turns everything off to save power costs.
Another lovely read from the King of BOFHdom, also i seem to remember in March that a intern was hired to help type these and Sarah needed a steel ruler to get Monthly issues sent out... *Give's Sarah his spare "Insulation Testing Device" * Merciful is the Self test feature please don't go under setting 3 labeled Ragnarok. Thank you Sarah, and Simon please keep ensuring the (l)user have the inability to ruin your masterful systems... and that they keep the coffers at C.A.S.H full.
My Coat is the one with the Coffee Maker built into it.
The new episode was published, it just hasn't arrived yet, due to >flick< >flick< a transient phase spike in the >flick< local transformers. Try moving your computer closer to the wall socket, or better still, cut and splice all your power cables to remove redundant extra length. Make sure they're turned on while you do it, or the earth won't be working!
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