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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

Breaking Fad 'More How than Wow' says Sky
Steve May, 20 Feb 12:14

The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight

Game Theory 'Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!'
Lucy Orr, 19 Feb 13:01

Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties

Worstall on Wednesday Quit whinging. Change the system if you care that much
Tim Worstall, 18 Feb 12:32

It's not easy being Green. But WHY insist we knit our own ties?

Worstall @ the Weekend Jam-makers and DIY types will kill the market
Tim Worstall, 15 Feb 10:00

In praise of China’s CROONING censors: Company songs NOW!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Singing in the pain, just singing in the pain
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Feb 08:00

Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

AI is coming to take sysadmins' jobs, but greybeards have an escape route
Mark Pesce, 11 Feb 22:02

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Simon Travaglia

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Simon Travaglia is the author of BOFH, the Bastard Operator from Hell, the long-running series about a rogue sysadmin. He lives in New Zealand.

BOFH: The ONE-NINE uptime solution

Episode 2 "So what's the problem again?" the Boss asks, lurching into Mission Control like a Dalek with stepper motor problems. "We're not sure - it's not internet connectivity because we can get to other sites ok, but we're definitely having problems with email site." "We shouldn't be!" he snaps back, presumably thinking that a quick …
Simon Travaglia, 27 Feb 2015

BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

Episode 1 "Well that would be on the form, surely?" the H.R. person burbles smugly over the phone. "It sort of is," the HellDesk user replies, "only it's hard to see because the characters are all blurred." "They'll be blurred because your browser doesn't support downloadable fonts," H.R. replies in a know-it-all tone. "What browser …
Simon Travaglia, 20 Feb 2015
Stained glass angels

BOFH: A miracle on PFY Street

Episode 17 Christmas! Who doesn't love Christmas?? Most of the company as it happens! It's true, many of the staff here have an element of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when it comes to Christmas - and not just because of the PFY and myself. The last day is always one full of trepidation, alcohol and a little sprinkle of emotional …
Simon Travaglia, 26 Dec 2014
Chicken Jalfrezi and rice with a beer. Pic by Shutterstock

BOFH: Capo di tutti capi, bah. I'm having CHICKEN JALFREZI

Episode 16 We have new Director, just in time for Christmas! It appears that, through some convoluted twist of fate, our former Director took a dagger in the back for "creating a hostile workplace environment". APPARENTLY his misogynistic leanings "fostered a culture of a male hierarchal structure" and he's been made an example of by H.R …
Simon Travaglia, 13 Dec 2014
Santa Claus on his laptop

BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

Episode 15 "HE PUNCHED HIM IN THE FACE!" the Director shouts, gesturing both wildly and furiously at the absent PFY's desk. "Well yes," I say calmly, "but let's be reasonable about this - he WAS asking for it." "HE WASN'T BLOODY ASKING FOR IT!" the Director shouts again - in serious danger of bursting one or two major cranium-based …
Simon Travaglia, 06 Dec 2014

BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

Episode 14 Isn't it always the way that when you're hours from the office sporting only a smartphone with a dodgy data connection that something critical claps out back at work. And then something's wrong with the VPN so you have to gain access through a convoluted chain of remote desktop, ssh and telnet links just to end up with a …
Simon Travaglia, 28 Nov 2014