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May 31, 2006 (A late posting from events on May 19th)

“Give ’em Ice Cream this Week!!!”

So wrote customer John Simpson on the 11th, after seeing that our new hires were coming up to speed on the indexing for the weekly updates.

So I did, hosting our first ever ComicBase Ice Cream Social:

Ice Cream Social
Staff and friends thanking John for his fabulous idea…

Lego Office Model

(As part of our planning for the new offices, we did a scale model of the place in Lego. This actually proved incredibly useful for designing the cubicle layouts, making sure big equipment could be moved into place, etc. At some point after moving in, we brought the layout into the office, where it's been constantly messed with ever since. Currently, Candice’s cubicle has a mini-Kelly riding a pony, while two giant Mechs battle it out across our conference area).

Kelly and Carolyn

Ice cream?! Did you really think that Kelly would miss out on ice cream?!

 

 

May 14, 2006

We Have Our Answer…

Oy! If anyone feels like they haven’t been getting enough email lately, you might try sending out a message asking whether their favorite comic software should drop support for antique Windows operating systems.

Several hundred emails later, here’s the approximate vote count:

65%: I'm using Windows XP or later, so go ahead and drop support for earlier systems.

28.7%: What, are you kidding me? Even Microsoft dropped support for those OSes! What kind of dinosaurs are still using them?

3%: I'm still bitter about you guys dropping Mac support three years ago.

2%: I'm running ComicBase on a prehistoric Windows 98/Me system, but don't worry: I'm upgrading soon!

1%: I'm running Windows 98/Me, and I don't intend to upgrade for another year or more.

0.3%: Hey, with all the time you could save by cutting Windows 98/Me, how about rewriting ComicBase for Linux?

 

May 11, 2006

Anyone still using Windows 98/Me?

Does anyone out there mind if we drop Windows 98 or even Windows Me support from future versions of ComicBase?

I’ve got a couple of reasons for asking. The standard reason is that it’s a fairly large headache to design and test software to work on a half dozen different flavors of Windows, all with their own peculiarities and glitches. If none of our customers (or at least none of the ones likely to upgrade to a new version of ComicBase) are still using those old operating systems, it’d save us a ton of time and work.

What’s really driving the question, however, is my desire to move to a more current version of Crystal Reports, the print engine we use in ComicBase. We’re currently running on Crystal Reports v9.0, which is starting to get a little long in the tooth, and which, frankly, the support has not been great for. What’s more, there are definitely reporting features we’d like to look into which we can’t unless we switch to a more current version of Crystal. But—you guessed it—the more recent versions of Crystal Reports require Windows 2000/XP to run.

So what do you folks think? Anyone out there running ComicBase on an old Win 98 or Me system that is going to be left hanging if we switch to supporting only Windows 2000, XP, or later?