Welcome to the latest, Smooooth BOFH FAQ in 10 years


What have you been up to of late?
I write sporadically for TheRegister which I try to do around twice a month. It's actually harder than writing once a week because I sort of lose the flow of things. About 2008 I left The University of Waikato where I'd worked for most of my BOFH-writing life and entered the real world.

Can I send you money?
There's nothing wrong with sending me money. You could also send me lead type as I'm dabbling in letterpress as a hobby.

Did you know that most of the html on this website is appalling?
As a matter of fact I did. I'd mirrored the old ntk archive many years ago and the mirroring process inserted tons of extraneous html into the document so I did what I thought was some very quick "1,$ s/x/y/g" commands in vi. I can't even remember how I did it, but it removed a stack of stuff that I didn't really want removed - not the least of which was the close paragraph html. I am ashamed - but then I noticed that most browsers just ignore them anyway because back in the day one didn't close paragraphs. It is nasty and I fully intend to do something about it - just not now.

No, I mean there's page errors
Really? Email me about them on the how not to contact me link on the landing page. I will hopefully fix them.

What happened to all that other stuff that used to be on your website?
Most of that stuff I have just sort of let lie as it was fairly superfluous to me, so you should consider it gone for good. I'm only really trying to keep the BOFH stuff online now.

Will you put more years up?
Yes, in the fullness of time I plan to make the archive much fuller, have some semi-regular blog and do a bunch of tidying to enhance the overall experience.

I thought you always said you hated people calling web pages, etc, an 'experience'?
Yes. Yes I do.

This really is some rubbish html.
Yes. Give me time.



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