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March 31, 2006

Got Internet?

After dealing with the inside wire installer from hell, it was an absolute joy when Patrick the Covad Guy came out to hook up our T1 line yesterday. He was fast, friendly, efficient—and he quickly diagnosed and repaired yet another mistake our previous guy had done. As a result, the new office has internet! (I’m excited because, frankly, we couldn’t have resumed operations without it on Monday). Way to go Patrick!

 

Attack of the Issue Submitters

As if all this moving stuff wasn’t enough, the fine folks on the ComicBase Beta List (to sign-up, click here), have been doing their best to snow us under with additions and corrections this week. We just added a new "Submit Additions and Corrections" feature to our ComicBase 10.0.7 beta (available in the Support section) which allows you to send us new data right from within ComicBase, and boy, have they been using it!

Special thanks this week go to Steve “millions of “barcodes” Reed, Chris “Avatar!” Vaughan, Michael Brewster, John Simpson, Carl Tietz, and all the other folks who’ve been sending us information and pictures. as a result, this week’s update contains over 1200 issue corrections and additions, as well as 600+ new issues. Thanks, guys!

 

 


March 26, 2006

Office Space: The Preview…

We’ve been scrambling like mad to try to prep the new offices for the move this Saturday. Aside from moving tons (probably literally) of comics, the biggest problem so far has been telecom.

For starters, our internet access at the new place is going to be over a new T1 line we’re having brought in from Covad. They arranged for some sort of initial installation already, with more to follow on the 30th, when we should also receive whatever equipment we need to turn whatever sort of signal a T1 comes in over into the familiar Ethernet-type connection we’re used to plugging into our router so we can all see the ’net. I really hope that all goes smoothly, because, frankly, there’s not a ton of work we can do without the internet these days.

We’ve also spent a horrendous amount of money hiring a telecom installer to connect up all the ethernet jacks in the office to our new server room, as well as to make the telecom connections from the building’s main wire closet up to the 2nd floor where our office is. The installer took two days to accomplish this, charging us consultant-scale rates for every minute of his time. He also apparently managed to disconnect the T1 line from one of the neighboring offices for more than a day, causing just a tiny bit of heartburn for all parties involved.

Also scheduled to come in on the 30th is our DSL circuit, which will be powering the VOIP (Voice Over IP) system which will provide telephone service to the office. In theory, this should be an elegant, scalable system which should let us consolidate the mess of phone and fax services we currently use, while giving us better long distance rates, more lines, and real voicemail. In case the whole thing doesn’t play out quite so well, at least initially, we’re also keeping our cell phones charged up, should we need to forward calls to them.

On the bright side of things, the office itself is shaping up reasonably well, with cubicles assembled for almost everyone, an ever-diminishing pile of construction wreckage scattered about, and a new office fridge that’s already been stocked with icy-cold Diet Coke. If the coffee maker works as well, we may just make it through.

March 17, 2006

We’re On the Move!

I hadn’t wanted to write or say much about this until I knew it was a sure thing, but we’ve just been handed the keys to our new office suite in Santa Clara. I realize that intra-company things make for dull reading to customers, but this one is a Big Deal.

Not only is this our first move in a decade, but it puts us in a far larger place, with room for all our gear, comics, and computers. It should also be big enough for the personnel we’ll be hiring as we expand. (Speaking of which: we have immediate openings for two PT/FT production assistants. We’ll be making the formal job postings next week, but if you’re in the Santa Clara area, and want to get a jump on a very cool job, send us your résumé!)

Moving Day is April 1st, and I very much hope we can get the new office up and running as soon as possible thereafter. We’ll be keeping the same email and phone numbers (thanks to a new VOIP system in the new offices), but you may need to bear with us as we get everything sorted out with all our servers, telecom, and computer networks.

As of April 1st, our new address will be:

Human Computing
2933 Bunker Hill Lane, #207
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Our telephone will remain: 408/266-6883


March 8, 2006

I No Longer Fear Death...

…Because I have beaten Guitar Hero on “Hard”.

Hah! Bark at the Moon! -- In. Your. FACE!

(And hey, it only took me like 150 tries to get through that song!) Now I get to try it all again on “Expert”…