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' …
great but why so long
great episode but its been sooooooooo long. Nice holiday?
friday beer time starts now
I love the idea of a trust van in the basement!
Maybe a trail of erroneous change request forms is due...
Long time coming....
But worth it just for this line....
"Because they're not experts, just idiots who've not been caught out yet,"
Can we please have............
..........an "I need a new keyboard" icon.
“It was a whole brick when I started, and yes, true.” - Priceless.
Brilliant as always!
Nice to see the BOFH is still up to the useual...
May he continue to 'trust users to trust him' for many more years!
..that old chestnut.
Good old BOFF & PFY on a Friday afternoon, such things should be enshrined in law.
been so long with no bofh...
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.
Welcome back Simon
Cheered my Friday up no end,
BOFH Vs Beancounters.......always gonna end badly:-)
Where ya been?
about fucking time too
just not as good as it used to be
6/10 on the chuckleometer
I miss the Etherkiller - Half bricks are so uninspiring............
Anyway - Does the BOFH now take school holidays? It's been ages since I was inspired to kill some end users and go to the Pub...................
Yay! More BOFH!
(Is that icon a brick with the word "Welcome" on it?)
I can't trust the reg to have made sure that this was a genuine BOFH tale and not written by an imposter.
When I saw the words "find some common ground", why did I immediately think "...for digging graves in"
BOFH is back and on form!!
A Terrible Episode...
Not enough beancounters were hurt, and none of them died. Now, back to my budget...
I can't find a half brick icon :(
Paris is about the closest...
Outstanding! "It was a whole brick when I started" :-)
Another STPearl of a Perl.
“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.
Is that the bell for the pub can't be i haven't seent the BOFH yet.....yah now wheres my company CC i'm for a Friday beer and then to fiddle the phones so the office phone doesn't ring while i'm dozzing all afternoon.
Reminds me of the time when...
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.
I refer the honourable member to the previous icon ...
This story is lacking something.
I'm sorry, but there weren't nearly enough bricks. *glances round to check* nope, that punchline's not coming here folks.
Could apply to us too
"Because they're not experts, just idiots who've not been caught out yet,"
We're just better at hiding our mistakes. The phrase "the server crashed" hides a multitude of errors.
I remember the original 'trust' excercises involving waffle irons, iron filings and apeasement engineers or that the saline in saliva will clean the contacts on a kettle lead - would i ask you to do that if it were live :)
Keep up the good work simon...
Now pardon me as I bask in the glow, as a good addict is wont to do when they get a taste...
Yay! My Friday is finally complete (@9:50am)
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??
The LONG anticipated return of BOHF
lets hope its not this long to the next one
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.
I fully expected
Them to tell the boss they would see him after work when he got off the elevator.
Anyway...thanks for the laughs..I needed that.
There are two things that make work on Friday afternoon bearable
It took too long...
...but it was worth waiting.
Trussssst, my preciousssssss
Where ya been Simon?
We've all missed you.
Nice to have a new episode though. Keep them coming.
I still think the best BOFH quote is:
"It's like clubbing a seal to death with a foam cushion."
Mine's the one with the remote control Halon trigger in the left pocket.
excellent, and so sadly true
"...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?
I thought BOFH would never return!
“...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!
One has to wonder if the van has the words "Free Candy" written on it...
Mines the one with the armor plates in it.
At long last..
At long last we have an "update" on the BOFH. That must have been a very long drive to and from the conference as it has been a month or so since last update...
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.
It's a good one...
.....and goes well beyond the IT world.
Every engineer, social worker, teacher or any other frontline professional has to put up with some damned bean counters who don't have the foggiest idea of what they do telling them how to do it cheaper and with more paper work.
In years gone by, Simon would write 40 or more episodes per year. This year we seem to be on course for maybe 15 at best. This is a highly unpleasant turn of events, and a serious disappointment to his fans and disciples.
Where have they been?
I've been watching for these guys in my local South Indian papers --- certain that they must have been outsourced to Bangalore, and would never be seen on El Reg again!
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 was waiting long, too long perhaps. But what a brilliant and fulminant comeback!
Paris Hilton because she stayed out of decent press notes a similarly long time.
I'd rather be in Cornwall
So that's just what I needed to lift me out of the post holiday return to work blues, thank you Simon and El-Reg.
I needed that.
Now if I could only arrange it so that I can be in Cornwall and reading BOFH.....
I said I'd never read another BoFH
Glad I can't trust myself!
Awesome, welcome back and please don't leave it so long next time, else you really will lose a dedicated disciple.
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
Re: I said I'd never read another BoFH
So you're saying that if you have to wait for the next one, you won't read it when it turns up?
Um, I admire your spirited stand and all, but I don't believe you.