back to article BOFH: A miracle on PFY Street

Christmas! Who doesn't love Christmas?? Most of the company as it happens! It's true, many of the staff here have an element of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when it comes to Christmas - and not just because of the PFY and myself. The last day is always one full of trepidation, alcohol and a little sprinkle of emotional …

  1. Mark York 3 Silver badge

    What a unexpected gift.

    So Many Simple One Liners, Conjured Up A Wealth Of Happy (For Me) Images

    What a unexpected gift - Thank You Santa

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    >> the serious drinking kicks off with the arrival of the P.A.s and the compulsory Golden Slammers.

    Funny, the first time I read that as a fetish that's illegal in your country... ^_^

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      It's only illegal to take photos.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "The Lady of Shallot"

    When it comes to Tennyson, someone obviously doesn't know his onions.

  4. Shane McCarrick

    Now- why did the manager get a hunted look when he heard a shut down also included the fire alarms........... I'm suspicious.........

  5. unitron

    Did the BOFH ever have an apprentice...?

    ...who was nicknamed Littlefinger?

    There's something about the substitution of presents for no apparent reason other than to create unrest and chaos that seems so familiar.

    Mine's the one with the pocket set aside and dedicated to carrying the paperback edition of Winds of Winter with me everywhere in the unlikely event I live that long.

    1. Pedigree-Pete

      Re: Did the BOFH ever have an apprentice...?

      I think you'll find the BOFH & the PFY are apprentices if Loki.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Did the BOFH ever have an apprentice...?

        Unless one of them is an incarnation.

  6. Mintyboy

    Offers 3 cans from a 4 pack


    Thank you for a Christmas Treat of one liners...

    And the idea for the secret santa why had I not thought of that this year

  7. SteveMoody

    A late but welcome christmas present

  8. confused one

    "the serious drinking kicks off with the arrival of the P.A.s and the compulsory Golden Slammers"

    So, the executive P.A.'s have a drinking problem... The PFY has a habit of feeding that problem... Are one or more of the P.A.'s hot? Is there one that the PFY is, perhaps, planning to take advantage of?

  9. Spotswood

    Good show 'ol chap! Merry Christmas!

  10. Herby

    The question abounds...


    Oh, that is why we need to escape early!

  11. ukgnome

    Spare a thought

    For those of us on call with no way of actually getting to the factory if our phone rang.

  12. chivo243 Silver badge

    Another reason to skip secret santa

    Barely legal 80's porn... and the fact that I hate shopping for family members let alone some stranger I work with.

    1. Graham Dawson Silver badge

      Re: Another reason to skip secret santa

      How about having it very clearly explained that being a temp doesn't excuse you from taking part and then being let go right before Christmas - and right before the gifts are handed out.

      If I knew then what I know now, that place would have stunk for weeks afterwards.

  13. Cipher

    Great, as ususal, thanks...

  14. Robert E A Harvey

    Comic turns of phrase

    " that particular train has sailed"... Genius!

  15. Captain Scarlet Silver badge

    Cant do that anymore

    We have to hand over any gifts to a specific department, fill out paper work and then watch as they are raffled out a few weeks before the end of year, because they fear its a bribe.

    1. KA1AXY

      Re: Cant do that anymore

      A 25 quid annual gift to the admoin in charge of the operation and a nice word to her in the corridors from time to time should sort that situation out to your advantage...

      // I'm starting to think like a BOFH...

    2. 2Fat2Bald

      Re: Cant do that anymore

      Worked in places that do that - it's rarely worth the morale damage it does.

  16. Dan Paul

    Don't turn off the network!!!!

    That "Boss" is surely incompetent. In addition to the Fire Alarm system, the "network" also happens to be very important to the operation of all those nice POE (power over ethernet) IP Security Cameras, the Intrusion & Access control system and the BUILDING HVAC CONTROLS!

    Of course, that could all be the plan of the BOFH & PFY to get new servers for their "side" operation.

    Gina wouldn't stand for it. (All though, she might lie down for the right price)

    1. Marshalltown

      Re: Don't turn off the network!!!!

      Wow - for a moment there I thought you had types "BUILDING HAVOC CONTROLLS." Those can be tricky to by pass.

  17. steve11111


    I dunno, it seems like the column was only half there today. The way that it was ended doesn't look complete.

  18. Stephen Michael Kellat

    Single Point of Failure

    SPOF, it rhymes with BOFH...

    Where's me coat?

  19. Deadly Headshot

    Ends abruptly

    The end comes rather abruptly and has no copyright unlike usual. Is this supposed to be a two-page story and some error's got rid of the second page?

    1. 2Fat2Bald

      Re: Ends abruptly

      I wondered about that, actually.

      Can we have the second half, please?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Ends abruptly

        Sadly there is no part 2. Simon lost the rest of the story and has never been able to locate it.

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