Simon's Bastard Operator From Hell FAQ

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Simon's Bastard Operator From Hell FAQ

BOFH © 1990-1995 by "Simon Travaglia" and Datamation. All rights reserved.

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This is the Bastard Operator From Hell (and other) FAQ file v1.5 (Beta) created in response to the sporadic queries I get regarding things I write and post to Usenet News. You have received it because either:

A. You asked for it
B. It looks like you want some information from it
C. I know you're paying for every byte you receive (which means you'll get the 2000 line version)
D. You're a postmaster and the person I sent it to passed a bad return address to me.
E. Extra Terrestrial Activity.

Q1. Can you mail me BOFH/Quantum Optics/Part 4 of xxx/Party Dude/etc?
A1. No

Q2. Can you tell me where to get BOFH/etc?
A2. Possibly. It should be available on Anonymous FTP at cathouse. It may not be up to date at all tho: Also, my WWW archive is fairly complete. (See Below)

Q3. How many BOFHs were there?
A3. Well, it's a little grey for me, but to my knowledge there was:

Q4. Will there be any more BOFHs?
A4. Not that I know of. I doubt it, but you never know what the hell will happen when I'm bored. Don't bank on it tho. Late Note: Could be.

Q5. Is any of it true?
A5. None of it. P.s. You have a lot of free disk now. Don't thank me, it was my job.

Q6. Why did you do it?
A6. At first because I was bored.

Q7. Did you ever *really* do any of that stuff?
A7. Ah.... ... no.

Q8. Can I use the BOFH in my magazine/newspaper/book?
A8. What the hell. The only things I ask are:

Q8a. What's the copyright situation?
A8a. I retain all copyright on my stuff unless otherwise stated

Q9. You convinced me. Where can I send the truckload of cash?
A9. To me!:

Simon Travaglia
P.O. Box 13018
New Zealand

Q10. What if I haven't got a truckload of cash?
A10. Join the club. I collect cameras... (Pentax K1000s by preference) and United frequent flyer miles perhaps? (grovel)

Q11. When did the last BOFH come out?
A11. Mid Jun 1995

Q12. When did the first one come out?
A12. Dunno, I didn't pay attention at the time, I didn't think it'd catch on. (I got some angry mail from people who didn't like it and thought I denigrated the good name of Computer Support)

Q13. Have you written anything else?
A13. All sorts of stuff. It probably requires a well 'tuned' sense of humour. (as mentioned above) has a directory called 'simon' that has some of my stuff in it. More of my stuff is on my web page (see below). Some other stuff I neither have, nor in some cases remember writing. So it goes.

Q14. I'm a psych grad - what was BOFH's motivation?
A14. The undeniable realisation that Computer Operators rule the world!

Q15. Is that the lot then?
A15. Ah. Well, there's a WWW distribution at Waikato University which contains the most complete collection I know of.

Q16. Anything Else?
A16. I thought about getting "The Bound Bastard" or "The Bound Bastard and Other Stories" printed or maybe a tee-shirt with "Talk to me and I'll kill -9 you!" but I didn't know how well it would go. But if anyone can track down a publisher who had the wherewithall to do it...

Q17. What, no "Sorry about all your files" or "What was your username again?"
A17. Oh, of course. What was your username and password again?

Q18. How many K1000's have you got?
A18. Two. 1 Broken. And I paid for them too. I haven't *EVER* received one. It would be nice. (Hint Hint) I bought one from a camera shop in Boston for $139US. Made my day. Beautiful Camera. Beautiful.

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