T-SHIRTS ARE GO - PRICES TO BE FINALISED
Interest as of 24th February 2015:
55 interested parties
100 potential shirt orders
As we've reached potential orders of 100 shirts I have decided this will now happen.
I still need to finalise the supplier and work out shipping prices, so watch this space.
I will email everyone who's registered their interest with prices when I have them.
If you haven't yet contacted me, and you are interested in purchasing T-Shirts, please email
email@example.com to let me know. Please quote quantity, prefered
colour (light grey or black) and size desired to help with my planning.
In the beginning...
In January 1997, while working as a Systems Administrator for the
of Wales, Aberystwyth, I came up with the idea of doing a spoof of the
monologue from the start of the film
Trainspotting, with the words
changed to have a BOFHish theme.
Knowing this, Bethany, my then grillfiend, bought me a copy of the
Trainspotting poster, and so on 28th January
1997, Adminspotting was born.
Post and be damned
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Gary Barnes)
Date: 28 Jan 1997 14:49:18 -0000
Organization: Ripoffs R Us
Choose no life. Choose sysadminning. Choose no career. *****
Choose no family. Choose a fucking big computer, choose hard * *
disks the size of washing machines, old cars, CD ROM writers * A *
and electrical coffee makers. Choose no sleep, high caffeine * D *
and mental insurance. Choose fixed interest car loans. Choose * M *
a rented shoebox. Choose no friends. Choose black jeans and * I *
matching combat boots. Choose a swivel chair for your office * N *
in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose NNTP and wondering why * S *
the fuck you're logged on on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting * P *
in that chair looking at mind-numbing, spirit-crushing web * O *
sites, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose * T *
rotting away at the end of it all, pishing your last on some * T *
miserable newsgroup, nothing more than an embarrassment to * I *
the selfish, fucked up lusers Gates spawned to replace the * N *
computer-literate. * G *
Choose your future. * *
Choose sysadmining. *****
 It might fuck you up a little less than heroin.
/\./\ email@example.com (Gary "Wolf" Barnes)
( - - ) "Do not ask any lady to take wine, until you
\ " / see she has finished her fish or soup."
~~~ - Hints on Etiquette and the Usages of Society
Within a couple of weeks Jonathan H N Chin, with help from peeps on the
ASRLon mailing list, improved the wording somewhat, mainly by removing my
admining/sysadminning clumsiness, and offered it as a
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better quality PNG files, or the
original Postscript source (Change "false"
to "true" to get black-background version.
proved a major success, becoming the must-have item of clothing for
the Busy BOFH. The spoof was redistributed widely, even at one point
appearing in a sanitised version (whoever wrote that really missed the