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[Last updated August 22, 2004]
Hey, sometimes we all need to take a break and laugh at ourselves, our jobs,
and our so-called lives. Grab 5 minutes and have a giggle before you
punch out that monitor! (Want to point us to more Sysadm humor? Drop a
note to the
VAXbar shows a
VAX 11/780 turned into a bar, with schematics. The webmistress could
use this in her living room! It would go so nicely with a leather seat round
Cray and circuit board artwork.
Bastard Operator from Hell: BOFH is a genuine classic.
Multiple sites to choose from.
Administration Tools Your Vendor Never Told You About; Revisited
shows a few new tools we could certainly use.
System Administrators; more SA tools lists other useful tools sysadms
should have in their toolbox. The webmistress used to keep a rubber chicken
and a cow skull handy, for repairing the worst system problems.
Address to the Unix Sysadm
Class of 1999/Wear a Leatherman is
good, funny advice to the new crop of Unix sysadms.
Guidelines for Working with Tech Support is
a funny, caustic look at how many users seem to behave with their
professional support people.
Mad User Syndrome looks and sounds as if
a user has finally had enough. It's a 425KB mpeg movie, but worth it.
Should I become an astronaut, firefighter, or system
administrator? A handy guide to those vexing career questions.
Information Technology vs. Business Management
shows the difference between the two.
Tales of tech support are true stories
from the front lines.
Silicon Graphics O2 Haiku is
poetry only an SGI sysadm could love.
Virtual Sysadmin Problem Report shows how we're really like users to report problems.
On System Errors shows that there is poetry even in system despair.
Top 10 Signs That The
Tech Support Person Has Gone Completely Nuts reminds us of our own days
in Tech Support. Part of a wonderful, original humor site,
The Top 54 Computer T-Shirt Slogans
is a classic from the days of DOS.
Top Ten Signs That You Might Be A Sysadmin
rings all too true.
Operations is a classic, caustic "bad sysadm with clueless
from the rec.humor.funny
Why you can't find
your System Administrator Compiled by the readers of
Illustrated Guide to Breaking Your Computer details a solid
engineering approach to completely destroying that computer
you hate. Wonderful pictures!
Administration Support Fees: What we all would like to charge our more
- Tales of Unix System
Administration: Been there.
- 30 Signs That
Technology Has Taken Over Your Life: So true, so true.
Know Your Unix System Administrator:
A Field Guide One of the classics, found again.
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Lime Cat: What happens when you have nothing to do, own a sharp knife, have a large lime, have a patient cat, drink too much tequila and it's football season?
40 Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena is an amazing set of images to trick your eyes! I love this stuff.
Online Bubblewrap will keep you amused while you're waiting for your vendor to return your call. Macromedia flash.
SPAM Response for Dummies is a great, funny flash animation that educates the gullible about SPAM. (Titled by this webmistress.) Say it with me....
Income Tax Return for Recently Laid-Off Dotcom Employees with No Job Prospects (PDF) A 1040 form that could be very useful to many folks.
File /funny404 not found
is a wonderful lament from a depressed web server who can't find the page you
I Shot A Query Into The Net covers the joys of
trying to ask questions on UseNet. Must be an old piece, because it doesn't
Geek Theology: In the Beginning,
God Created the Bit
How many Internet mail list
subscribers does it take to change a light bulb? Gee, sounds like most
of the mailing lists we're on....
Twas the Net Before
Christmas Delightfully seasonal troubleshooting
The History of The Net as
built by God, Dennis, Brian, Bill, Tim, Marc, Larry, Randal, Tom, Scott,
Steve, and Linus. Thank you all!
U.S. Senate demands end to Web
browser development. Have you downloaded all the plug-ins
April Fools on
the Net: An historical retrospective of the finer April-foolish
- Internet 1-Liner
Signatures: Creative geekery.
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HotAIR, from The Annals of Improbable Research, is a science humor magazine about research that makes people laugh, then makes them think. Read great scientific articles on topics like the comparison of apples and oranges, why exotic meat tases like chicken and the need for double-strength placebos. Great Ig Nobel prize competition.
John Klossner Cartoons is a fabulous site of Klossner's great tech (and non-tech) cartoons. Klossner is the editorial cartoonist for Computerworld and Federal Computer Week magazines, along with other publications.
Primate Programming Inc: The Evolution of Java and .NET Training - Don't bother outsourcing overseas, save substantial money by outsourcing to non-human primates. "Visual Basic 6.0 was
the preferred IDE for the majority of experiment primate subjects."
The Dialectizer takes text or other web pages and converts them to great dialects. Try Redneck, Jive, Swedish Chef, Hacker and others.
The Love Song of J.
Random Hacker, 1995, a great ode to computing of days gone by.
Shark Tank is
an excellent column in Computerworld full of real-life, jaw-dropping
stories about clueless consultants, bungling bosses and useless users.
You can also join their mailing list and have new stories mailed to you daily.
with the Search Engine where a reporter Asks Jeeves.
SPAM haiku Archive
also has SPAM sonnets and limericks. The food product, not the indigestible
What the MIS Organizational Chart Doesn't Tell
You shows who really wields the power in a DP shop.
Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division
information about research results, regulations, exposure and contamination
alerts for dihydrogen monoxide. Protect yourself and your loved ones!
You Know You've Been On The Computer Too Long When... your life and your computing are hard to tell apart.
Remember when... there was a time before computers?
The Silicon Valley
Tarot is great! It contains The Hacker, Venture Capital, The
Consultant, The Network... From the keyboard of Thomas Scoville.
Interested in a dead horse business venture?
shows other things many businesses tries to do with dead horses (doomed
Creator of C++ Admits Why He Created the
Language is a fictitious but spooky interview with Bjarne
Why did the chicken cross the road? An
Acrimonious Consulting approach to solving the problem.
Top 10 Signs That You Work In The 90s really
hits waaaay too close to home.
Management Speak Translation Guide so you can
know what they REALLY mean!
The Shipwrecked Engineer shows how
engineers will always behave in character.
Funny RFCs is a
list of real, intentionally funny Requests for Comments developed
over the last 30 years. Splendid!
The Original JCL Deck Has Been Found! In the beginning was the card deck....
Open Season for Nerds reminds us to be careful where we go.
Tired of Boring Interviews? Creative interview questions for managers.
Computers in Movies makes us wonder
if we should let Hollywood design the next round of hardware and
Hacker Barbie: The doll our webmistress
really wanted as a child.
Evolution of a Programmer shows our code
through the phases of our lives. Wild and all too real!
Silicon Valley Jargon Watch An
update from the Jargon Watch team on new lingo flowing out of the Silicon
Valley and corporate jungles.
What Software Version
Numbers Really Mean - Engineers know this is true
You know you work in Silicon
Valley when... or, with this much pain you know you're alive!
You know it is time to
get out of consulting when... Most long-time
consultants will recognize themselves, wince and chuckle.
Why Engineers Don't Write
Recipe Books An Engineering approach to making chocolate chip cookies.
People for the Ethical
Treatment of Software put more companies on their watch list for
torturing software during testing.
Abort, Retry, Ignore - Poe Puree
Late night PC pleading a la Edgar Allen Poe
Rules to Live By
- A Grandchild's Guide to Using
Grandpa's Computer: Read this aloud!
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