Tuesday, January 10, 2006

TOTP - Top Ten Things System Administrators Do To Annoy Users

Mr Admin (if that is his real name) has some series issues which he chooses to share with us, here are the top ten of the most evil things that he gets up to whilst in control of computer networks:-

  • 10 - Remotely rebooting PCs just as users try and save their data
  • 9 - Putting in email filters to send yourself a copy of all the jpegs that people email
  • 8 - Coming into work early and making sure you are visibly seen tampering with a users system.
  • 7 - Hiding critically important user files
  • 6 - Randomly deleting email with a subject line of test
  • 5 - Asking users to reboot their systems while holding down specific key combinations
  • 4 - Leafing through users browser history for dodgy blackmail material
  • 3 - Mis-directing email for fun and profit
  • 2 - Reacting really slowly when someone asks "My god - Can you stop an email I've just sent?!"
  • 1 - Making someones PC play the theme tune to Heidi at random intervals through the day

Here is the mp3 of the show. Plus another quiz and a badly rendered (probably non-child safe) song in our outtakes section at the end. When you are done listening to this can you do us a big favour and pay a visit to the Top Of The Pods page at podcast alley for a quick vote? If you would like to send us your list of top ten items then email topofthepods@gmail.com as we are also low on audio comments so get recording now!

We'd like to see some ideas on the www.topofthepods.com comments board for this post for things that users can do to annoy system administrator too. Be inventive and the best ideas will make it into a forthcoming list.

28 comments:

Jeremy Vaught said...

Nothing for months and now all this! It is good to hear you again. I hope for our sakes you guys keep up with the shows.

sam smith said...

excellent, back to the daily lists!

bryan-in-greece said...

Jon and Rob have lost none of their talent...!!

Alex said...

Mr.admin is a nasty piece of work!

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BlueJackA said...

excellent guys 2 podcasts in less than 24 hours, will this become the twice daily top of the pods? :-)

TomTheTrucker said...

My Computer must be playing tricks on me now ! is this another list i see before me ! wow !
Is this the reward for subscribers and listeners for staying with Rob and Jon, twice daily lists !
Yes another half an hour with a grin plastered on my face.

Melissa said...

Thank goodness, Jon and Rob are back. Keep up the good work.

BlueJackA said...

We need about 500 votes now and we could be number one on podcast alley!!!

Bazza said...

Is anyone having problems with Wordpress based blogs? Not of them seem to be working at the moment.

gabor - electrical language said...

Glad to have you back guys. I've just about caught up with the backlog, so the new shows are timely!

ClanRoberts said...

How to annoy sys-admin part 1 (For Beginners).

a.Spread virus rumours around your company. Don't open any e-mail from sys-admin@co.com as these will infect you with warts... type

b. Send out the e-mail "search for this file if you have it it is a virus but don't worry just delete it." Obviously choose a key file everyone needs like Word dictionary!

c. Pull cables out of printers and then call for assistance saying no-one in the area can print.

My Favourite
d. Have better geek credentials than sys-admin. e.g. Have new MacBookpro before him gets Geek respect and annoys the hell out of him at the same time. If enough of you do this he will eventually go bankrupt keeping up.

He He He.

John

BlueJackA said...

Top of the Pods has moved up to 64 in the podcastalley charts, come on everyone 460 more votes to make it number one, only 42 people have voted so far out of the 1700 who are subscribed.

Top Of The Pods said...

Ok, Libsyn have replyed after 3 days without any help. Just firing back a response, looking at Saturday for a solution perhaps...

maja said...

yay, a new show so soon! I love the little quizzes and outtakes at the end :)
Already voted for totp on podcast alley, I hope more people do it!

PH said...

Our entire family just voted.
Only fair considering we have had 2 great shows in as many days.

BlueJackA said...

up to number 54 now :-) is there gonna be a show today rob/jon??

MesoEd said...

One thing I like to do is change the screen saver on someone's computer to something that makes it look like their computer is crashing and rebooting repeatedly. Also enjoy randomly starting programs on their computer while they work.

Here is the ultimate guide. This series circulated the internet several years ago....Bastard Operator from Hell

Ed
Kansas City Weather Podcast

...geeky signature ...
There are only 10 kinds of people in the world. Those that understand binary, and those who don't.

Grant - Three From Leith said...

Pass the smelling salts.... Rob said 'fart' more than once and didn't come over all dizzy !! And then he and Jon started singing about licking arses - I do believe he'd been at the sherry before podcasting last night ;-)

Excellent show guys - extremely high on the 'pull a few girning faces trying not to laugh on a quiet bus' scale of hilarity.

Jes said...

Ya know, it's wonderful to hear you two sing with such proper voices. Jon, you're hillarious. 'Mr. Admin' is hilarious, evil and sneaky-y-y-y-y! The last five minutes of this cast is outrageous! Thanks for the gift and send money to Rob!

Bazza said...

Excellent show.

That song you were trying to work out might be Baz Luhrmann and the Sunscreen Song.

BlueJackA said...

yeah i was thinking that to bazza

marilyn said...

Brilliant show, Jon and Rob. It is so very good to laugh out loud again. The closing song is the best!!

mark - tartanpodcast said...

I think Mr Admin may actually be his real name. Think about it, we have people called Miller, Carpenter, Farmer, Smith, even Hunter, all because that's what they/their family did.

We're now in the 21st C, so wouldn't we start to see the emergence of names relating to what people now do for a living?

Mr Admin, Ms ITHelpdesk, Mrs Webdesigner etc.

I claim Mr Podcaster.

BlueJackA said...

does anyone know the key presses to flip the screen picture upside down? ive seen it done once by an IT guy but never since.

maja said...

That song you were trying to work out might be Baz Luhrmann and the Sunscreen Song.

That's done in an American accent though, isn't it? I haven't heard it in a long time ... I agree with Rob that it might be something by The Streets (sorry Jon!).

alex said...

hi grate show is good to be listing again. and that song isnt the suncreen song thats quite slow and makes sence could be the streerts though.

TomTheTrucker said...

i can hear the sound of Jon typing, sumthing to the tune of "It Is Not The Streets" ive voted and voted again.

Darth Nader said...

This has been one of my favorite episodes and like said before then ending song was brilliant,had me on the floor laughing.Oh and one more thing for some reason my votes have not been going through hmmm will have to work on that.