Month: September 2008

Sonic Death Monkeys season opener!

The Sonic Death Monkeys have been working hard this last month and are ready
to put their game face on. Our first game of the season is 8:40 tomorrow
night at Howarth Park. Games are played every Tuesday for the next 5-6
weeks and times will vary so if you can’t make this one, we’d love to have
you at another. We need cheering from the crowd, so help get us pumped up
and watch us win some games!

Hope to see you out there and GO TEAM!!!!

Sebastopol construction

The first thing that comes to mind when I try to describe the Sebastopol central office is “cute”. It reminds me of’s old datacenter; crowded, small, but with purpose. It’s a plucky little CO.

Yesterday we began the installation process in Sebastopol for our next generation products: FlexLink for medium sized businesses and enterprise and Fusion for small business and home. The first cabinet went in (low ceiling!), and the drilling has begun. Two holes down this afternoon, two to go.

We should be bolted down tomorrow, then equipment rack-in, power turn-up, and copper termination. The last part will probably take the longest, as we are pre-building a lot of copper capacity, and it is all done by hand.

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One nice new feature

Click for the comic intro to the Chrome browser

Click for the comic intro to the Chrome browser

For a number of years, my desktop PC has spent most of it’s time running just three basic programs. A web browser, an email client and a ssh client (unix remote terminal).

So does it matter what the OS is? Not really, as long as it’s reliable and secure. What matters is those three programs.

I’ve been using Firefox and Thunderbird as my primary applications for some time, and I have a love/hate relationship with each. They’ve both got shortcomings and real issues, but so far, they’re each the best option.

With the browser being one of these important applications, I am always interested when something new comes along to shake up the status quo. Without new entrants, there is little innovation, so Google’s Chrome browser is an interesting new entry. Alongside the IE/Firefox duopoly, it’s not the only other browser, there are Safari and Opera – that’s about all that comes to mind.

But, Chrome has Google behind it – and they have been thinking of the web itself as applications for a long time. This concept, plus a tidy interface and some nice features look like a win so far.

My favorite feature so far is ability to grab a tab and tear it off into a new window. In IE and Firefox, you’re stuck in the application, viewing one tab at a time. When you are watching something (a video, for example) and want to view it while doing something else, you’ve got to open a whole new window, move that URL in, and start the video over.

Chrome lets you grab any tab and drag it out, creating a new window, without interruption of the video or application. Perfect! I’ve got my windows concept back and can juggle “applications” (web pages) however I like on my desktop!

Chrome is beta, but you can use it alongside your current browser without any problems. Play with both, compare, and use what you like best. Then, as new releases of Firefox, Safari, etc come out, try them too – hopefully we will continue to see innovation driven by competition.

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