"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, …
"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!
You own me a new Ipad2 for that
One can try, isn't it ?
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!
I would think the register...
Knows what happens to those who keep Simon from his new shiny shiny....
Don't really know what to say to that, someone somewhere probably found it amusing but that was the worst BOFH ever.
wow - the sales and marketing companies must LOVE you...you'll fall for anything they punt
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? ;)
Sells out to get some free shit, but does it ironically.
I think it was done better in Wayne's World.
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...
...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.
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.
the best part...
was actually the footnote
Yeah, the footnote was the core - the rest was the setup for it, nice one
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...
exactly, the editors may expect a visit with a cattle prod.
or a modded security robot
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.
Got the jokes
They just weren't very funny
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.
The only thing that can be said here is
Worst. Episode. Ever.
and THAT can only be said in the voice of the Comic Book Guy.
The only rung that can be said in response is
Worst comment ever.
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.
Sorry, Neil, but it has to be said....
That's probably just 'cause nobody reads your blog
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.
Tier 5 is a complete sell-out bordering on infomercial
Tier 5 it is then...
Or trade off.
Even Mr. Berners Lee has acquired a new iPhone.
Sell out? Or trade off.
Even Mr. Berners Lee has acquired a new iPhone.
-That sure sounds like a trade off.
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.
Work of art Simon !!
This seems as if it should be a joke about product placement but someone forgot the joke.
Worse BOFH ever!
??? Honestly. Maybe its time to put the BOFH into retirement if he resulting to this crap...
I didn't find it funny either but i think you're being a bit harsh. Everyone is entitled to drop the ball occasionally
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.
Normally not a bad word to say about BOFH, but c'mon....
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
Check out "The greatest movie ever sold", a movie satirizing product placement in movies, paid for by product placement, clever.
S: This show is awful!
W: See you next week?
S: Of course.
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.
This story is...
wait for it....
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....
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
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.
Waynes World, Waynes world
Party time, excellent
"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."
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.
That time of the product cycle again...
But no hard feelings, getting plagued with iPad 2s is punishment enough.
Now about these Alienware laptops...
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.
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.