Botches and Bodges

Some stories of things going wrong, and the bodges that should never be talked about.

Most of this is going to cover my time as an IT Technician in a school..

A Mixture of working as a All around tech in one of the best schools in the county (T1 on paper but I Basically did everything from changing toner to VLans)

Then back to being a T1 Tech, this time in on of the biggest MATs in the country.
If you see some really really odd spelling like “wea pon ized” its to try to be nice to filters.

If i say “Call”, i may mean email, ticket, call, person knocking on the door etc. I am almost certainly not going to remember to say the same thing.

This page will contain short 1/2 Liners/Tidbits that aren’t big enough for there own page, and the contents of the other stories.

Rambling and Context

Some of these stories need quite a bit of context / Additional info for the story to make sense, ill try to add a marker to where the story actually starts if its quite a bit of context.


There maybe some stories about a Co Worker I will call “Noodle”, they had some very interesting ways of doing things.

Tidbits and Anecdote

Many a time I have Used a Server / Desktop as a stool or a step, have yet to break anything important.

Once had a printer that asked for toner, when it was low (25%) on toner, but had ran out of paper. “No it wants paper, its lying”

“No Bloody Clue”, is better response to 95% of users than lying.

Dear Developers, for the love of all that’s holy, give me a proper error message.


When WSUS Goes Wrong | A Story of servers updating at 8AM Monday Morn.
NO Backups, No Files | A Story of a USB Stick, and a server being deleted.
Playing With Matches | A Story of using fire to fix a computer.
Broadcast Storm & Missing Switch | A Story of overthinking.
Printer Chips | A Story of a HP Printer
Smoking Out the Boss’ Boss | A Story about a smoke machine…
Script Goes Beep | A Story of RTFM
Bang goes the user files | A Story of a big whoops

Stories TODO

Cooking the servers (aircon) & aircon warm in winter