What all sysadmin aspire to be, but often fail due to meek tendancies
Now I reckon the IT office should be redesigned with a tiled floor...
Oh, and I need an extra power cable
Bastard Operator From Hell. We all know the bitter, secluded system administrator that is so sick of people pestering him that he would all too eagerly delete all your accounts, just because he can. BOFHs are usually operators long enough in the business to have lost all sense of respect for the maggots that keep calling him about their broken computers.
Do not anger the BOFH, for he has root access.
Shit! The damn BOFH changed my passwords again!
Acronym for B*STARD OPERATOR FROM H*LL. Can be pronounced 'boh-fff' as well as B-O-F-H.
The original BOFH was created by New Zealand native Simon Travaglia. BOFH starred in a series of books about his adventures in system operating. I've gotten some horrible ideas from reading them, which are posted on the internet for all to see (bofh.ntk.net). Below, j00 can find a quote from the Archives.
"Oh, I'm sorry, I've got the wrong number"
"YEAH? Well what's your name buddy? Do you know WASTED phone calls cost money? DO YOU? I've got a good mind to subtract your wasted time, my wasted time, and the cost of this call from your weekly wages! IN FACT I WILL! By the time I've finished with you, YOU'LL OWE US money! WHAT'S YOUR NAME - AND DON'T LIE, WE'VE GOT CALLER ID!!"
I hear the phone drop and the sound of running feet - he's obviously going to try and get an alibi by being at the Dean's office. I look up his username and find his department. I ring the Dean's secretary.
"Hello?" she answers
"Hi, SIMON, B.O.F.H HERE, LISTEN, WHEN THAT GUY COMES RUNNING INTO YOUR OFFICE IN ABOUT 10 SECONDS, CAN YOU GIVE HIM A MESSAGE?"
"I think so..." she says
"TELL HIM `HE CAN RUN, BUT HE CAN'T HIDE'"
B(astard) O(perator) F(rom) H(ell). The all too well-known system administrator. Usually one who has been sysadmin for too long and has either stopped caring about his users, or become too power-hungry, or maybe he's just a mean person, who knows. One day, when I start a personal network, I too wish to become a BOFH.
Bytehway: if you have a female BOFH, would that be bitchy operator from hell or something?
When the BOFH saw that I had over 100 locally-installed programs, he deleted everything, set up really strict quotas, and changed my password.
BOFH, the bastards in the IT department at EDHCC
Here comes bofh the bastard from the IT department