FobOff – for ‘IT Professionals’

I just thought I’d take a second to mention a site I made the other day. Called FobOff.

I made it for fun, and to keep my PHP fresh in the head, it took about 4 hours all in, and I’m pretty happy with the result. It all started from a job I had in 2004 at BT, in their Broadband Technical Helpdesk department. A word document went around with 4 columns of technical words, and you strung them together into a sentence to make a corking fob off. I decided then I wanted to make a website out of it, but didn’t have the skills then.

It wasn’t until this week, two things came together. I found an old hard-drive with the Word document on, and brought it up at my current place of work. A silly joke here and there turned into me saying I’d make a site out of it finally, and did. This is what it looks like;

You can find it at and in time I plan to put it on its own domain, hopefully make it into a popular site. I put a counter on to count refreshes, and in two days it’s had 7000+ fobs generated. Superb.

I did get some stick from people saying I had copied from the BOFH. In all honesty I wasn’t aware there was a BOFH generator online. I was sent the link and in all honesty, it’s a bit poo, and was made in 1992 (rhyme there!) – so maybe this is the modern version, the other one is 16-17 years old!

Please do feel free to leave a comment if you like it or loathe it, I like comments.