Nice one, Simon!
Gassing The Boss /and/ a Beancounter - a welcome return to the classic storylines!
"But why can't we visit the site?" the Boss bleats one morning when we shoot his idea of seeing the ghost facility down. "It's a defence site," I lie. "They host defence computers as well as stuff for companies like us. They're probably not allowed to show people through their server rooms." "We should just turn up …
As Boss and Bean Counter:
1) pass out,
2) get filled with alcohol,
3) dragged back to city center and dropped off the back of the van.
Hopefully they'll forget about the ghost facility - otherwise next time they won't be waking up.
nice one :-)
Where's the PH angle though?
Well, I think we all knew how that was going to end. The only question: Will it be the 'terrible accident' in the stair well? Perhaps the 'faulty' freight elevator descending at high speed? Or the three-phase door handles for 'security reasons'? The 'cry for help'... on the way down from the fifth floor window?
No, it's the halon release. A bit last-century, but still a classic.
You're right, you need a real BOSS to properly cock up something, can't rely on the geeks for the really scary stuff. Just like a boss I know who seriously jeopardised his chances of closing a contract for an 8 figure value yesterday because he couldn't be bothered to attend an essential technical meeting nor ensure the right people were attending. Being on the customer's side, I had a great time at that meeting.
What's with the flame icon? There's no chance of flames around that server room with the trigger-happy PFY on the halon release :-)
I do seem to remember a similar story visiting their co-lo sites a few years ago though... not that I'm complaining of course (ticks anon button for fear of an empty file share in the morning)
Ah here it is - my memory is alarmingly good:
Search the page for "disaster recovery blues"
Glad to see the Halon being used as a "creative solution" to this particular technical issue. I thought it was a little too mild though. I mean, relocation to Luton? <shudder> They didn't suffer for long enough.
I can think of worse of course - working in Luton for a boss of JIM's calibre (I wonder if trolls like bananas?)
Since we enjoy Jim so much, I'll give him his lunch :)
"THEY CUOLD TRAIN MONKEES TO DO YUOR JOBS"
I'm sure we could train monkeys to type your comments - you never know, they may spell slightly better than you...
"MY GRILFIEND ISNT A SILLICON JANAPESE WIMMEN"
So in which dark corners of the net have you been lurking to gain that impression?
Meanwhile, I've heard the railing at the top of the stairwell is a bit loose - could you go and take a look at it for me, please? I'll just call ahead to maintenance so they can point it out to you...
He's probably taking a break from trying to explain to his colleagues exactly how much money his company has invested in a certain Icelandic bank...
Of course, he could always take a look at that loose stair rail I mentioned a few posts back...site maintenance are ready and waiting to 'point' it out to him...
Would be to say "well, we snuck you in here avoiding security because you DEMANDED to go in and they will not let you. We deliberately avoided security for you. On YOUR orders.
Breaking and entering a sensitive military establishment? And you're going to ADMIT that???
Then nod to the bouncer to sap the Boss and Beancounter.
Pal i would not want to have you for a boss... You can't even spell... Let along handle responsibility... After all managers take decisions about matters they have jack knowledge about and leave it to the footsoldiers to make their mess right...
So Jim the boss back to grade school for learning to spell!
AFAIK Halon (or BCF's) has been banned for newly installs, but current installs might apply for refills (in some countries). But mostly it's nontoxuc inert gases nowadays.
Nice BOFH Simon, good one to enter the weekend with :) Are we going to experience the unmet potentials of the bulk-eraser by the way somewhen? Ah, gotta love the goood old bulk-eraser. Retro BOFH!
They should have used the story of the data centre that will happily oblige if you need physical access to a server... by grabbing the server, inserting explosives and thus destroying the server... they then give you the remains to take off site.
I just can't remember where that data centre was.
Predictable and boring. The early stuff was good, the later stuff had a good story line, now it's "have a scam, have it discovered, have someone killed". I can't be bothered to wright more beyond BOFH has become shit, flame away.
On the good side, el reg seems to have got better with it's reporting over the last year.
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