"I remember a 20 year old Ultra1 running some business critical system."
As bad as an old DEC Alpha server I was called in on.
Documentation on configuration, absent, taken when the company sacked their quite efficient IT guy.
High end external SCSI RAID, main controller blown and replacement no longer available.
Legato backup in use, configuration unknown and if you know Legato, it possessed nearly infinite configuration options.
In the end, the sacrifice of the ram was insufficient, a few prime bulls also failed, 7 virgins and my sanity were the final required sacrifice to reverse engineering that Heath Robinson, well, it's a bit more modern and hence, it's a Rube Goldberg monstrosity.
All to then port everything over to our more modern confidence job product, a commodity motherboard inside of a pretty case and called a server, with "dual mirroring", meaning RAID 1.
By the time my company was done with that company, they'd have been better served by retaining their IT guy.
But, those were my formative years, while I was learning my skills of a BOFH.
Today, it's likely I can give Simon a run for his money, departing afterward *with* his money.
After all, today, I'm in information security, on the technical side. I'm the guy who can figure out a result of policy in an AD environment of 1000+ OU's, in a forest with an equal number of elements and if given enough paper, accurately display the propagation results.
Then, move on to "Why in the hell are *those* on the same VLAN as the operational, internet facing hosts? Place them on a VLAN configured *so*, with access to *these* hosts only and segregate those hosts *this* way, giving configurations on the fly that work.
Those who oppose me are typically sent to explore alternative employment options, largely because the local swamp is now full and they closed the local land fill.
Still, we're moving offices. Currently, we're near the crab capitol of the land. Later, I'll be in alligator country. Opportunities for advancement abound.
Now, just *where* did I put that mold of the alligator heat? I'll need that for the 3D scanner and printer, to ensure a proper fit for the lasers.