Fun_People Archive
13 Oct
Message from the B.O.F.H.'s boss

Date: Wed, 13 Oct 93 20:20:20 PDT
To: Fun_People
Subject: Message from the B.O.F.H.'s boss

[You thought the Bastard Operator From Hell (Fun_Mail 5/14/93 - 5/24/93)
was nasty?  Well, this is from the BOFH's boss... -psl]

 From: vangogh.CS.Berkeley.EDU!bostic (Keith Bostic)
 From: Alan Sheets <b3ky03w@shoes.Bell-Atl.Com>

Recently someone called me from one of the "Out on the Floor Offices", an
ethereal place rumored to exist only in hyperspace, populated by mysterious
beings called Users.

She was quite frantic.  She was having trouble running a program through the
computer, and her message was clear enough, although rather ill-conceived:

I furrowed my brow, lit a smoke, and explained to her, "Really now, Miss
Donnelly, I don't have time for this."  I slowly exhaled the menthol vapors
as I stopped her process, crushing any hopes she may have had of ever again
seeing that document she had spent three hours slaving over.

	 "I was typing this REALLY important letter, and it HAS to be ready
	 in an hour... there's all this stuff on my screen that I didn't
	 type...  it says something about an error, should I read it to you?"

         "No point.  Just press return." 

         "Oh my, it wants my username.  Can I restart that where I left off?" 

	 "Not a chance."  I drew another puff and tossed the phone aside.
	 It occurred to me that if I had to hear one more of those whining
	 complaint sessions, heads were going to roll.  Where do you people
	 GET this stuff?  I'm going to tell you what's really going on here.
	 Now LISTEN UP.  I'm not going over this a second time:

        The black box that does your work for you.  That's all you need to

Response Time
	Usually measured in nanoseconds; sometimes measured in calendar
	months. The general rule is:  Shut up your complaining about
	response time.

        See "Computer." Again, not your concern. 

	If we want you to know, we'll tell you about it, otherwise, leave
	us alone.

        Don't worry about it, we'll take care of it.  Use it to send mail
        among your half-wit selves, and don't think we won't read it all.
        What do you think we do all day?  By the way , Howard... shame
        about your mother's Pancreas.

	The general rule is:  Don't use any data files and if you find any,
	delete them before I find out about them.  In fact, just stay off
	the computer. (See "Response Time")

System Crash
	Don't ever call the system manager to tell him you think the
	computer is down.  Don't call him to ask him when it will be up
	again.  The more you bother him, the longer it takes.

        Like I said, don't ask

        Be thankful for it, use it wisely, and get out of my face

        Don't be ridiculous.

	A time during which I don't have to put up with your sniveling.
	Don't try calling. There's no point.

Computer Room
	Keep out, you're not invited.  Don't knock on the door -- don't even
	think about it.  I broke the phone last time one of you jerks called
	me, and I'm not about to replace it.  And keep your greasy fingers
	off the windows.

My Office
        The name says it all... it's mine; stay out.

Your Problems
        The name says it all...

	The general rule is:  Deadlines are not acknowledged by me; they're
	not my responsibility.  Go tell someone who cares.

        a) A valid reason for shutting down the system at any time.
        b) Much more important than anything any of you bozos do.
        c) Anything I choose to call "maintenance" is maintenance.

Software Upgrades
	Far too complex for you to comprehend.  If I tell you I'm upgrading
	the system, just be quietly thankful.  It's for your own good, even
	if it does mean extensive downtime during peak hours.

Electronic Mail
        I delete it before it's read, so don't bother sending any to me.

        We like them just like they are; we chose them for a reason.  Don't
        mess with them; consider them mandatory.

Error Messages
        I'm not interested.  I'm going to kill your process anyway, so keep
        them to yourself.

Killing your Process
        a) Don't ever ask why
        b) Beyond your control
        c) No warnings are given
        d) The highlight of my day
        e) If you call, it's going to happen.  No exceptions.

	I reserve the right to change them without notice at any time.  I
	choose them, and the more you bother me, the more degrading yours
	will be.
        (Example:  BUTTERMAN: SNOTFACE)

        a) They slow down the computer
        b) They waste my time
        c) A general nuisance
        d) Worse than that, actually

Software Modifications
	You don't know what you want -- we'll tell you what you want.  It
	stays like it is.  Period.

        I've got them, you don't need them.  Enough said.

	Mine is higher than yours, accept it.  That's the reason my games
	run faster than your lousy accounting package. (See "Response Time")

        Before calling me with a terminal problem, consider this:
        a) Are you prepared to do without one for weeks?
        b) Do you REALLY want your process killed?
        c) Did you just trip over the cord again?
        d) Of course you did.

Disk Space
        I set the quotas, you live with them.  If you need more space, check
        "Data Files".

        I hired him and I trained him.  He does what I tell him to. Usually
        armed; always dangerous.

        A good idea if I gave a shit, which of course I don't.

        The only time that calling my office won't result in the killing of 
        your process. 

Data Security
	That's your problem.  I'm certainly not going to lose any sleep over
	it.  My files are locked up tight. I feel secure.

        Length of time it takes me to resolve your problem by killing your

	Length of time it takes me to give a shit about any problem that
	can't be resolved by killing your process.

        a) It can't be done (as far as you know)
        b) I can't be bothered
        c) You're starting to annoy me

        a) Couldn't have been avoided
        b) Not my fault (as far as you know)
        c) The result of annoying me

	If it's not on the menu, don't ask for it. It's not available.  If
	it is on the menu, it's probably of no use or it doesn't work.
	We're working on it (See "Eternity").

	I find them quite useful, you'll find them quite inaccessible.
	Besides, they're not on your menu, are they.  What did I tell you
	about that?


Of course, I reserve the right to add, change, or remove anything from the
above list.  I'm not asking you to accept these matters without question,
I'm telling you.

Now that we all know where we stand, I'm sure there'll be no future
problems.  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to keep
them to yourself.  If you feel the need for more information, I highly
recommend that you ask someone else
                                                The System Manager

P.S.    The new disk quota of 30 blocks per user became effective yesterday.
	Anyone caught exceeding the quota will lose their accounts (this
	means you, Schafer!)

[Interestingly enough, my first account on a Unix system (20 yrs ago at the
Harvard Science Center) had a "normal" disk quota of 40 blocks ... and these
were 512-byte blocks!  -psl]

[=] © 1993 Peter Langston []