Cartoonist v. Database (Round Two)

Submitted by C B Wright on

I don't want to jinx anything, but I think I can tentatively award this round to me. Time will tell to see if everything is working the way I need it to, but so far so good.

When I moved off of Keenspot my long-term plan was to essentially run three sites: for the comic, for more detailed rants against the excesses of the Computer industry, and for... well, I hadn't quite figured that out yet (though I have now). When I originally set everything up I created three different Drupal installations, each with their own modules, their own databases, and their own logins.

This proved to be a royal pain in the neck to keep up to date. When Drupal was updated to 5.2 (a security release, so I needed to update accordingly) I had to upgrade three sites. Whenever a module was updated it had to be added to three sites. You, my readers, would be forced to create three separate accounts -- one for each site -- if you wanted to have editing privileges on the other sites. It was much too difficult to maintain, so I decided to focus on and hold off on the other sites until I could solve those problems.

Site Instability!

Submitted by C B Wright on

Last night I made some changes to the site that were intended to Make Life Easier For Me. This was probably a bad idea, because whenever I try to do that I generally wind up breaking something... this time was no exception. I spent most of the night (and morning!) trying to undo what I had wrought. Luckily, I fixed most of it, though there is something decidedly screwy about the bottom half of this page...

... anyway, the site may be unstable for the next day or two as I continue to try to get Everything To Work The Way It Should.

Cell Phones are Ridiculously Expensive

Submitted by C B Wright on

As chronicled elsewhere on this site, my Alaskan Husky Cheyenne destroyed my beloved Palm Treo 680 smartphone to the point where it is no longer usable as a phone, period. I've been doing without since then and I have an impressive amount of rollover minutes to show for it.

But now we've decided it will be more economical for us if we drop our land-line and use cellphones exclusively, so God help me, I need to buy a cell phone. And it looks like it's going to hurt my wallet something fierce.


Submitted by C B Wright on

Today I published my 1500th Help Desk comic. This mighty achievement is mitigated by the simple fact that there are many webcomics out there that have been publishing for shorter amounts of time yet have amassed much larger archives (General Protection Fault, It's Walky!/Roomies, Schlock Mercenary -- to name only three) but still, I take my victories where I can.

So... wooo! 1500 strips! Let the hoopla begin!