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"Well it looks like the Company's doing well," the PFY says, handing over a glossy brochure. "Really - how do you figure?" I ask, giving the Company's annual report the once over. "The bottom line looks pretty flat as far as I can see." "I was just judging by the front cover - the limousine," the PFY says "Oh that!" I say, …

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Coffee/keyboard

"As a punishment, we have kept all the free iPads and Alienwares for ourselves and given him none."

You owe me a new keyboard for that!

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Paris Hilton

You own me a new Ipad2 for that

One can try, isn't it ?

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Coat

It's obvious that the footnote wasn't written by El Reg - if it were, then the punishment in their eyes would have been to give Simon the iPads. Sort of in a similar manner where 1st prize is an iPad, 2nd prize is two iPads..

Unless this is a way to try and get back in to future Apple media events!

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WTF?

I would think the register...

Knows what happens to those who keep Simon from his new shiny shiny....

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Um

Don't really know what to say to that, someone somewhere probably found it amusing but that was the worst BOFH ever.

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Anonymous Coward

wow - the sales and marketing companies must LOVE you...you'll fall for anything they punt

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Happy

i think

this is one of those "love it or hate it" episodes. i was in stiches halfway through, but i can fully understand why someone wouldn't find this funny at all.

to each his own eh? ;)

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Meh

Hipster BOHF

Sells out to get some free shit, but does it ironically.

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I think it was done better in Wayne's World.

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Register Management

should be very careful to insure that there is actually an elevator present when the doors open.

Perhaps it would be prudent to pass some of the swag on to Mr. Travaglia...who, I'm sure, would hate to hear of any unpleasant accidents...

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A Friend...

...repairs ancient DOS machines because the software, which controls elevators for a NYC skyscraper, won't run on any other hardware.

He also maintains video walls by noted Korean artist Nam June Paik.

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Ancient

Today I fixed a paper jam on a dot matrix printer. Because the program that needs to print would require a complete rewrite in order to print to any other printer.

Technology is clearly growing around this machine- the printer is now physically distant from the machine, and a new device sits next to each end, encoding the serial data into packet data, transmitting it over the TCP/IP network, then decoding it back into serial data into the printer.

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the best part...

was actually the footnote

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Yeah, the footnote was the core - the rest was the setup for it, nice one

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Happy

it was funny but it would have been nice if Simon had said at the end of his piece that any footnote by the register staff mentioning keeping iPad / Alienware freebies would be getting a personal visit from the BOFH...

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@Chriss007

exactly, the editors may expect a visit with a cattle prod.

or a modded security robot

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Satire and Irony

Love it, well done Simon. For anyone who didn't get the jokes, well you can appease them next time with a whole load of knob gags and toilet humour.

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Got the jokes

They just weren't very funny

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Anonymous Coward

Well you can look forward to the string of fart gags and knob jokes which will (might) be the next episode, probably more up your street.

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Mushroom

The only thing that can be said here is

Worst. Episode. Ever.

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and THAT can only be said in the voice of the Comic Book Guy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_Book_Guy

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The only rung that can be said in response is

Worst comment ever.

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Rung?

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Unhappy

Tried it, doesn't work (or hasn't, yet)

I tried it on my blog with a faux award to Cadburys for the Double Decker and yet I've still not been contacted to send me any free chocolate.

World Chocolate Bar of The Year my arse...

I had thought about going for Porsche next.

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Joke

Sorry, Neil, but it has to be said....

That's probably just 'cause nobody reads your blog

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Register Management #

Should not loiter at the top of the stairs.

Should not loiter at the bottom of the stairs.

Should not loiter in the underground car park.

And should not even think about trying to get home this evening by the Northern Line at Leicester Square.

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Holmes

Tier 5 is a complete sell-out bordering on infomercial

Tier 5 it is then...

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Alien

Sell out?

Or trade off.

Even Mr. Berners Lee has acquired a new iPhone.

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Anonymous Coward

Sell out? Or trade off.

Even Mr. Berners Lee has acquired a new iPhone.

-That sure sounds like a trade off.

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Bring back the real BOFH

Uhhh... Is someone ghostwriting these installments of the BOFH? The last few have all failed to ruin my keyboard with coffee.

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Work of art Simon !!

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Aweful

This seems as if it should be a joke about product placement but someone forgot the joke.

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Worse BOFH ever!

??? Honestly. Maybe its time to put the BOFH into retirement if he resulting to this crap...

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bit harsh

I didn't find it funny either but i think you're being a bit harsh. Everyone is entitled to drop the ball occasionally

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Alien

SMART is as SMART does

Do I detect more than just a hint of HyperRadioProActive IT, El Reg. Would you dare care for a free share of a package with more of it than Blighty can safely handle with its excuse of a Future Virtual Intelligence Service masquerading in their various spooky and officious guises and in their myriad dodgy cyber security office locations?

Ps ... Who needs freebies whenever you control pots of money and fools' gold.

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Yawn

Normally not a bad word to say about BOFH, but c'mon....

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wrong audience

maybe apple and alienware realise that the people reading this are not gonna have thier opinions and tech purchases swayed by a funny story ,. hence no pressies.

If somone in the daily mail had done it, they'd be swimming in I-things

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movie rights?

Check out "The greatest movie ever sold", a movie satirizing product placement in movies, paid for by product placement, clever.

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Joke

S: This show is awful!

W: Terrible!

S: Disgusting!

W: See you next week?

S: Of course.

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Was this deliberately timed to go out on 4S Day, one wonders?

Only thing that really cheeses me is that I remember how Simon threw out the PFY's first iPhone for being too.. gimmicky, or whatever his excuse was.

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FAIL

This story is...

wait for it....

iDreadful!

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Inspired by The Greatest Movie Ever Sold?

A film about product placement coming out shortly?

Posted from my Alienware*

*Well it will be if you send me one....

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Trollface

Is it just me....

Or have the screen names of every journo at elReg now got a qualifier that reads "total knob-head"? Looks like someone has been fooling with your servers, guys

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Well

It had me laughing out loud, while also thinking "I bet a lot of people just don't get it".

Reminded me of the semi-satirical product placements in Billy the Fish.

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Stop

Waynes World, Waynes world

Party time, excellent

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"You can stay here in the big leagues and play by the rules, or you can go back to the farm club in Aurora, it's your choice."

"Yes, and it's the choice of a new generation."

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Pint

Indeed... it made me spill my Pepsi (I was once part of the new generation*), all overy my Rebok shell suit. Time for some Pizza. Party On!

*I think! Maybe? Once? Well I'll claim it anyways.

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Pint

That time of the product cycle again...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/02/bofh_episode_37/

But no hard feelings, getting plagued with iPad 2s is punishment enough.

Now about these Alienware laptops...

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Cartoon

I won't comment on the quality of our latest (and dearly beloved) BOFH installment, other commentards have done that extensively. I just missed a tad of mindless violence.

However, the graphical representation of the BOFH and PFY leaves much to be desired. I have a couple of BOFH books (from Plan9 publishing), artwork was a bit shabby but in a way fitting. But hardly up to snuff nowadays... Have a chat with Paul Kidby, I would love to see what he does with the BOFH and the PFY.

For PTerry/Pkidby fans : yes, the "snuff" mention was pun intended. In line with the subject I'm hoping to get a free signed hardback copy mentioning snuff online as much as possible. If you don't like it, well snuff it.

Pint icon because I have a couple inside me right now, so be gentle.

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Meh

I got the jokes, but it wasn't funny. It was actually painful to watch Simon and the PFY (off topic: surely that acne's cleared up by now?) sell out like that. Even if it was just for satirical purposes.

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