May 23rd, 2005 by Hans Bjordahl :: see related comic

Howdy! Welcome to the inaugural episode of Bug Bash. Thanks to the wonders of technology, I’ll be able to effortlessly post a new episode of the comic weekly (every Monday), as well as add a few notes, thoughts, and requests for money (or illicit encounters) in this space below. It promises to be a great experiment in <SYNTAX ERROR>

Um, ok. Though apparently there are a few bugs to be worked out yet, I’m sure this site will soon be allowing all of us to fulfill the promise of ERROR 49387: OUT OF MEMORY ERROR. PLEASE RESET SYSTEM RESOURCES AND CHANGE REGISTRY PREFERENCES.

Hm. I guess I better wrap up quickly. So what is Bug Bash about? It’s about managing technology, the business of technology, and all the odd characters forced to work together to build the software, networks, Web sites and cell phones that connect us to each other with increasing and sometimes terrifying speed.

If you’ve been charged with driving just such a project forward, I hope you’ll be able to find a comic or two that makes you think “Oh yeah. I’ve been there.” It’ll be worth a weekly check-in. I promise.


27 Responses to “Inauguration”
Joey Porcelli wrote:

Hans Bjordahl is brilliant, witty, charming, charismatic and a total genius. He has defied his gene pool to become a legend in our time.
Way to go kid!
Love, Aunt Joey

Stephanie wrote:

Hi Very nice. I’ll like to post your url on my web site. OK? I’ll put it in now and then you can tell me if you want it out.

pab wrote:


I was told by someone to visit this website and leave a comment. I was disappointed to only find one comic strip. But it was the best comic strip I have ever seen. And I am blind person. In thinking of Bug Bash, one word comes to mind: Funhonkulous. -pk

Doug Wray wrote:

So great to see one of the comic geniuses behind the Colorado Daily on the web!! Welcome back Hans, I missed your humor!

The Tom wrote:

Nice to see Bjordahl back in action after four years at Riker’s Island.

Sam wrote:

Shouldn’t it be ?!?
Ace comic!

The Solid Approach wrote:

A new comic for geeks

InkBlog: The Random Musings of David Weller wrote:

Bug Bash cartoon…

Brian Hampson wrote:

I love it. Great humour on the first comic. This would be perfect if it had an RSS feed. Otherwise, I fear that I’ll just end up forgetting it, and missing out on your great insight into the tech world.

Thanks to David Weller for the link.

Moose wrote:

I’m going to put it up on my cube at Microsoft.

I agree with the comment about the RSS. Sent here by Scoble.

Managed World - Jason Olson's Blog wrote:

Bug Bash!

Hans Bjordahl wrote:

FYI, we do have an RSS feed (”Subscribe” button under the left part of the comic). Currently, the feed sends links to the new comics, but due to popular demand, we’ll be including the comics themselves in the feed shortly.

Robert MacLean wrote:

There is RSS and Atom for this at

Love Firefox, since it adds a little RSS icon to show their is a feed enabled page by the meta tags.

Anyway, looks like a decent start ;)

From YASF (yet another Scoble follower)

Gumpies Blog - A little on the other side wrote:

New comic

Gretchen wrote:

Hey, Hans! Awesome site!

Penny P.Nerli wrote:

Hans Bjordahl does it again. From creative scratching on toilet paper to Mr Charming to MICRO-SOFT. Your the best and that’s no crap.Looks like you’re on a roll. Love Mom

dwlt wrote:

Excellent — well done on having a feed from the start! I’ve added it to the directory at Tapestry.

Renuka wrote:

We have a similar Outlook Hans, so I should see some stuff that will make me chuckle.

All the best,
Renuka A.

Mitch wrote:

vf. I’m actually looking forward to coming to work on Monday to read the next one!

Ratso wrote:


Pascal wrote:

This site looks a bit like ok/cancel and it also has the same annoying bug/feature: the comics don’t appear in the feed!
I’m used to read my feeds inside the reader application, so I’d have to open a Browser and go to this Site just for viewing the Comic while I’m able to read the Blog entry “inline”.

Would you please include the Comics into your feed and/or provide a comic-only feed (for those who fear about accidently reading too much)

Karel Young wrote:

I love this Comic, I am a programmer and as aresult I can relate to these sorts of problems :D

I am looking forward to all updates :D

Bando wrote:

More of an inside joke than anything, but the error that plauged our software for a Loooong time:

“There has been an error in getting report data!”

almost as good as

“PC Load letter… what the F**K does that mean?!”

42 wrote:

Bug Bash

I have subscribed to a new cartoon blog, my favourite so far is The first Bug Bash on results of testing. Thanks to Smalltalk Tidbits, Industry Rants: Poor Choices for the link (via Artima)

yolanda wrote:

Hi! I’m just a new tester have only 6 mths experience in software testing. I love this place. Would you mind if I post your URL on my web side? If you do, tell me any time you want and I’ll delete it. Thanks! ^^


Mark wrote:

Thank You

Reid wrote:

I’ve been sent his by a freind, it’s excellent. I used to work in software reliability. its very deja vu!

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Bug Bash is a comic strip written and illustrated by Hans Bjordahl. Bug Bash is a comic strip about technology: managing technology, the business of technology. It's about project management and managing projects through the dull world of Rational Rose, use cases, and requirements. Functional requirements, user requirement, functional specifications, design specifications, call it what you want but it's still the bane of project managers. And when you're done with that, you can think about all the fun that comes with timelines, scheduling, estimates (PERT estimation anyone?) and resourcing until Gantt charts are coming out of your ears. Let's not forget the risk management in the software engineering life cycle. Maintaining the project is just as much fun, managing what was initially set out in requirements and trying to keep feature creep / scope creep in check with change management. If any of these words send nightmares to you, the project manager, then this site probably rings true with you. (Who Links Here?)