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By Davide Bianchi, Updated 14/09/2020 09:40, 7 messages
The e-mail corner... kinda...

By Davide Bianchi, Updated 07/09/2020 11:26, 6 messages
...No... Il titolo tradotto non funziona.

By Davide Bianchi, Updated 24/08/2020 09:10, No messages
How do you define a bad idea?

By Davide Bianchi, Updated 08/08/2020 07:41, 11 messages
What you do when you're stuck at home?

Once upon a time, while I was really bored, I started writing down what's going on in my office, removing names of course, and posting it on the it.comp.os.linux.sys group. The 'tales' where well-received, so I decided to preserve them for posterity.

One thing: all the tales are real.

You wanna send your own tales? Ok, fine, but first read the instructions.


CL - Clueless Luser: tipical low-range user, he doesn't really have a clue but he think he knows better.
UL - UberLuser: project leader or middle-manager, not more clued than a CL but his paycheck is bigger.
SL - SuperLuser: manager
HR - Someone working in Human Resources

This is me, when someone came to ask for something.
what 2009-07-17 17:47:00
...you wanna WHAT?? to do WHAT??

Tales from 2002


Before 1/1/2003
Tales from 2003
Tales from 2004
Tales from 2005
Tales from 2006
Tales from 2007
Tales from 2008
Tales from 2009
Tales from 2010
Tales from 2011
Tales from 2012
Tales from 2017
Tales from 2018
Tales from 2019

You can get a .zip file with the whole shebang in the Archive.

RSS Feed for all the tales.

Not everything in here have been translated.

Am I ever wrong? The Fuck-up Fairy

The SysAdmin's Library
A simple martketing-bofh vocabulary

SysAdmin's song #1 (The Other Side)
SysAdmin's song #2 (Teorema)
SysAdmin's song #3 (The Lusers Are Too Strong)
SysAdmin's song #4 (Everybody Wants To Run Exchange)

Contributed by my readers:

Dieci Piccoli Pinguini (di Cris Carampa)
La Ballata del Programmatore e Alla Fiera di Enrico Colombini Note: the link takes you to Colombini's web site and there is also a sung version: http://www.derelitti.com/ballata_del_programmatore.
Azzurro (di Claudio Brazzale)
Windows To The Ground (di Marco Bonetti)
"Dale Harding" send the link to the Bofh's ballade note: the link takes you to Bitchx's site.

Ten things I hate

Are you a (l)user?
Are you a (potential) SysAdmin?
Are you a (l)user (version #2)?
Are you a good developer?
Are you a good IT manager?

Once I began writing, other peoples decided to send me theirs tales, so I decided to open a "guest" side. Here you'll find their tales, with the exception of Gabriele Niccolini who sent me so many that I've put on a special section for. Note that Gabriele stopped writing several years ago, so things are no longer updated.

Other tales, divided by author.

This is a short list of the latest visitors' tales.

WARNING! the tales belows are the tales that have been modified in any way in the past days, so if someone send a note that a link is broken in an old tale, and I fix it, it will automagically appear here even if it is 3 year old. Got it? So don't send me mail or comment about the fact that 'this tale is 3 year old'...

By Matteo Jurman, Updated 18/09/2012 11:58, 8 messages
Non c'e' mai un "End"...

By BabboMatteo, Updated 25/04/2012 10:37, 7 messages
Poche principesse da quelle parti eh?

By BabboMatteo, Updated 27/03/2012 13:27, 9 messages
Sempre la stessa storia

By R.P., Updated 18/02/2011 13:25, 8 messages
E fu cosi' che...

Warning: if you send me the link to your "blog" or your site, try to keep it up and running, if I don't see any changes for a while, first I put it as "dead" and then I get rid of the link.

Warning #2: the simple fact that you send me the link doesn't mean that I'm going to add it here, especially if I look at your site and see a lot of swearing and nothing else.

Dario has collected some "sniversity" related tales on his site that (he says) is copied from mine (so it's always my fault): http://liuct.altervista.org/chicche.php.

Barbara Pennacchi keeps a technical blog: http://blog.cyberdeaf.org/

MK66: http://lestoriedimk66.blogspot.com/

BitMover sent his own blog address: http://ioegliutonti.blogspot.com/ where he is collecting his own tales.

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