27/02/1999 (Special Edition!)
the links on BOFHcamCo-LARTers.
Many thanks to Aerial for pointing out that uppercase names might not copy well
from Windows to Linux. Damnit!
Blimey! Friday already. I already know what this weekend has in store.
Saturday morning is another round of 'How fast can you install Windows 95, plus
favourite applications?'. Currently I'm down to 1 hour and 23 minutes dead.
Update on Monday as to how this one goes. (Note: this isn't my machine, I'm
still running 3.11)
Must finish the documentation today and try to wipe the memory of installing
Windows NT on two POS Packard Bells yesterday. You know it took 8 screws and
two pieces of plastic removed until I could get into their cases and add a 3Com
Etherlink III adapter. At least I didn't have to do much helldesk.
Damn. Helldesk day today. I get the feeling there'll be lots of calls today.
Another thing, I'm now part-time Windows NT Core Technologies primer for people
in the Institution. Oh the ignominity! Today is Patch Panel Awareness Day: be
aware that your patch panel needs tidying, or suffer the problems...
I was here at the Institute until 21:45 last night so I took the chance for a
sleep in, this morning. As such I'm here at 9:00, still before Him. Curious
really. Last night wasn't so much difficult as time consuming. I had to go
round and turn off all the accounting terminals so that there was no chance the
roming profile would be caught on one of them while I was updating. That's 25
machines, dotted over six floors. Once that was done I had to coe back down
here, log on as the accounts user, set up the account, log off, go back up
stairs, make sure each machine has Netscape on it, come back down stairs, lock
down the profile, lock down the machines and the user with a policy editor,
wonder if I should go and check all the machines, decide not, cycle home, go to
Now, today is another documentation day. Won't that be fun? It looks like I
should get a good chunk done today, barring interruptions by lusers. On another
note, still no word whether my boss is leaving on not yet, but the secretary
is leaving, which is a shame. She's nice.
Quiet week still on the luser front. More news as it breaks.
Today is documentation day. Documentation, documentation, documentation. This
means I get to sit down for most of today. It also means I might not get much
material for the next PFY story. I'll live, I think. Today is probably the day
He gets a job offer from somewhere else and leaves me and Her in the lurch and
prone to be absorbed more into the site-wide Borg collective.
Hurrah! Another 32Meg go into Luggage. That makes 160Meg. Shame really as
there was a 'spare' 64Meg DIMM hanging around. Beggars can't be choosers I
The weekend's over, it's time to face the music. Yes, Monday once again. I
have a cold, actually it's more like the flu. But I've still come in. I had a
good weekend but it turns out I have to start paying back that old student loan
soon. I've been deferring it for long enough according to the people with the
Other than that, as of 10:00am it seems I may just have a permanent job here
(those of you who didn't know, I'm still on a
paid-by-the-hour-one-day's-notice-on-either-side contract with the temporary
employment agency, useful if NT begins to gall too much). More news as it
breaks here at BOFHcentral.
I imagine there'll be enough material generated here for another PFY story soon,
keep an eye out here, on the PFY page and in the Scary Devil Monastary for signs
[18:00] Noticed another change to the
JenniCAM site. A quick bit of hacking
and there we have it. A new "LART!" link from the main page. I have plans for
this in the future, so be sure and check here as soon as I've learned some perl
and/or C, cgi-scripting and some common sense.
[20:40] My first efforts at cgi-scripting are up now. Follow the "LART!" link
from the main page and then the dodgy looking button at the top of the page.
I'm not here today, I'll set the camera to view Him and Her more fully so I can
see what they're doing while I'm at home, and you're not all bored sillier. New
images in the gallery (4 and 5). Don't forget to save any images of me, Him,
Her, the BBTFH or anyone else you see and send them in if you want them included
in the gallery. See you (or you'll see me) on Monday.
Ow! Hi, there. Ow! Here's a hint. Ow! Never try to remove (ow) a PII chip
without checking all the clips are undone. It saves you 10 minutes of fruitless
pulling and (ow) stops your fingers from being sliced by the razor sharp
heatsink monstrosity on the side. Remember kids (ow), fingers need looking
Other than that, it's helldesk afternoon again today, so expect no me in your
resizable window this afternoon, but plenty of Him, Her and possibly a visitor.
Hopefully I'll have the day off tomorrow to recuperate and get ready for the
social event going on late into the Friday night.
All hail me! I've been handed a Kodak DC220 Digital Camera, allegedly for
putting pictures onto the magnacard we have here for negotiating our way round
chez BOFH, but really so I can fill out the upcoming section of the
BOFHcam. Sorry, you'll have to wait
till it's online to see it. It's farily easy to use (although I'm not sure a
less technical person would get it straight off). I have to write a quickstart
guide for the receptionists who'll be doing the snapping. Until then it's mine,
BUHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Ahem. Anyway, other than that I seem to be
spending far too much time at work. No recovery on the horizon for me at the
[16:55] Major update in keeping up with the 'Jennis'. May I introduce a
slightly shoddy BOFHcamCo-LARTers!
Please point out spelling mistake via email.
It's that kind of day when you want to take your SPARC laptop outside and try
that IR link you've been setting up. It's lovely outside and I'm stuck inside.
What I'm trying for atm is a font close to what Jenni's using on her Co-Stars
page so I can do my parody as close to, without copying her style.
Looks like most of the Institution is back on its feet today with just a few
outlying areas still isolated. Ah, one wonders if a fire alarm shouldn't
cut the power to the machine room, so much as allow any UPSes to
gracefully allow the machines to close down. Apparently the power cut made one
of the RAID5 controllers in the primary mailserver eat itself. Which can't have
been nice. Additionally, a number of routers died nastily also. Remember kids,
if you're running routers, try to remember to save your running-config
Well, another Monday. Looks like this morning will be spent sorting out network
connectivity as it seems the Institution and environs is isolated for a few
hours. Well, that'll give me time to correct some of the splling mistakes
pointed out to me by the illustrious members of the world's foremost brains
trust on recovery from syadminship, the Scary Devil Monastary.
Many thanks for the email from those of you who enjoyed PFY03. I couldn't have
done it without the stunning support of the lusers here. "Thankyou,
The weekend was fairly good. However, it turns out that most of the City's
routers died somewhat horribly during the night of Sunday 14th so I doubt many
people will be reading this till much later today.
It's now much later in the day and we seen to have world-wide access back, such
as it is. In 'keeping up with the Jennies' today I 'ave bin morstly working on
resizable remote windows. I imagine tomorrow will involve doing something
suitably BOFH-like with
BOFHcamCo-Larters. But that's something
for another day.
Just been told that it was in fact Chizel, not mnemosyne and Splange who
suggested the name change for the old FAQ. Thanks then Chizel (-:
Yesterday on helldesk was fairly boring, luckily. Three calls, two for other
people one which I logged and assigned to someone else. The rest of the time
I tidied the whole area, including their workshop area (found some things they
didn't know they had). Exciting eh?
New PFY story should be up in Justpfy.
Remember I'm not making any of this up. This is 'as it happens' (or nearly)
transcriptions of life here at the Institution. Try to stay focused, and
remember, it's down, not across.
I just read something at Star Bridge
Systems that makes me wonder whether we're either looking at a very
elaborate farce (lots of text) or whether Intel and Co. are about to be pushed
out of the market. Permanently.
Other than that, it's helldesk day today. That means this afternoon's BOFHcam
viewing will be limited to him, her and a visitor, from the 'outside'
(oooooooo!). Don't panic. I should be back by around 17:00 GMT.
Oh yes. Mustn't forget the wonderfully clever people at
NTK who give me something to laugh about every
Friday. It's worth subscribing to the email distribution list.
[11:20] Wargh! FREAKY! I just got an early valentines message from someone
using my institution's internal mail system with a nice, but slightly freaky
message inside. I'd like to believe it, but my minds says "Stalker!". See what
you think in the BOFHcamGallery.
Hmmm. Many small updates to the site. Thanks go to Splange and mnemosyne for
suggesting I change the Frequently
Questions to a more BOFH-like
Questions. Now I still look mostly like
Jenni's site, but with a more BOFHish tinge.
Other things of note: The Gifted, a
wonderfully drawn comic strip (with a woefully slow page addition time),
Dilbert (of course) and
User Friendly. But you knew
all of them anyway.
Welcome to the BOFHJournal. It is here
that you'll see whatever I'm doing laid out in text. There's not much here
atm. I guess I'll put it in reverse chronological order so's you can see the
newest stuff at the top. Other things I might add are what I'm doing that day,
links that I found, or my comments on the news (tech or otherwise) and stuff
like that. What the hell; it's something to do.
BOFHcam went on-line in its current incarnation at about 15:00 on 09/02/99