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If there's one thing a lifetime in computing teaches you, it's how to cover up your mistakes... "Oopsy," the PFY says in a casual tone mid-keypress - the sort of casual tone which, by its very casualness, means it's not casual at all. "What did you do?" I sigh, fully expecting to hear that some poor user now has a vast …


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  1. Chris Gregory


    Not me unfortunately!

  2. Duckorange
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    Ah, happy days...

    ...changing folder names for laughs and blaming a virus.

    "But why is my folder now called 'Vinegar Tits'?"

    "Who can tell how these people work"

  3. Michael

    @ AC 16:24

    >>>What part of that is funny?

    The part where it's fiction...

  4. Chronos Silver badge


    Of course. We would never alter the Squid box to 307 his top five sites to some rather nasty dwarf on contortionist pr0n then "accidentally" find his browser cache and get him the "cardboard box and security escort" treatment, would we? It's just not in our nature to take an active role in disillusioning them of the notion that we're there to serve them by fixing their home computer (which is infested beyond all redemption due to little Jimmy, the CFO's son, being addicted to Limewire and the CFO himself having the clue-level of a cane toad that has just met the Australian national cricket team at a new bat testing session) on our lunch break while they fuck off to the pub with the other bean-counters, is it?

    Rule #1: Never tell the lusers it's not real.

    Rule #2: Never tell the lusers it's not real. I know that's technically rule 1 again, but it seemed so important that I felt mentioning it twice was warranted.

  5. CTG
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    One of the best ever...

    I larfed and larfed. This is also one of the most realistic episodes ever.

    Odd though that the PFY has a kiwi accent (hint: "Ay?" is usually spelt "Eh?" in the UK, Simon).

  6. Anonymous Coward

    re: Anyone up for adding it to the main BOFH page?


    Joke alert, except it's not a joke.

  7. gr1bb

    Frakin great

    one of the best in a month or so

  8. Jon Beck
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    And now for something completely different!

    You have to love it when reality and imagery collide like this..

    Now if we could only make some of these lusers gain a bit of humor, we'd have the best of both worlds!

    My hat's off to all of you!

  9. Sridhar Ayengar


    If this new techie guy of yours worked here, he'd get a newspaper across the back of his head the first time he did it. The second time, he'd get called to the carpet. The third time, he'd be out on his ass.

  10. Anonymous Coward


    "Eh" is misspelled universally - nothing new there.

    Either way, 'Ay' is not used in the same context as a kiwi would - that'd be more like:

    "I think I may have changed everyone's address book surname to 'Chutney' ay"

  11. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: @CTG

    Sigh. I'm changing it. This is arse.


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