OCTOBER 2002 MINUTES ARCHIVE
Our Abattoir SuperFTP Server and WebPortal Server suffered a major fall late last week when we did a Microsoft Update, then attempted to reboot… It never came back. As it turns out, the new IBM SCSI System Drive decided to throw a rod (…what do you expect, it was already a whole 4 months old, how long would you expect a SCSI Server Drive from IBM that you paid a premium on to last?..) Since you all know my love of Microsoft, you could well imagine the look on my face and the thoughts going through my head when it looked like the Windows Update scrapped the Server… Either way, a big thanks to Steve (Sgt.Slaughter) McCoy at MTC Computers for his fast action on getting us back up and running before the BTM even started. As such, once again, you'll all have to reapply for an account, so pop us off an email with a password and we'll hook you up fast…
With help from the School behind the Abattoir, we now have finally solved our parking issues! Yes, the Oakville Parking Nazi's can no longer touch us, and we're thrilled! We've gone from "Parking and getting tickets" to "Parking in a lit and security patrolled parking lot with permission from the Vice Principle" -- Nice upgrade if you ask me! Still, some of the not-so-bright walked with tickets, but there's little we can do when you park directly below a "Don't even THINK about Stopping Here" sign. It would appear also, our bitching, complaining and chasing of ticket officers has resulted in a town meeting at City Hall on November 25th. Seems they're getting so much flak about the lack of parking ability in my area that they've decided to rezone and allow parking in the back laneways… I think I'll attend this meeting, CorpsE, charge the Abattoir AirHorn!
All that great news aside, here's some crappy news… After Isis finished "the books", we landed ourselves rather happily in the hole on this last BTM and after much deliberation (…and feedback from the LANer's…) we've decided to make future BTM's stand at $25 each. Still a great value of course, but this little extra will help us maintain the level of "service" we strive for, and also help with our Electrical Bill! Yes, as mentioned before, we had a nice little shock from our hydro bill (…punny, huh?..) Normally our hydro comes in around the low $400 mark, which in itself is not that great… Last hydro bill, $690!! Ex-squeeze me!? We didn't use our central air more than 7 days this summer past, who are these ass-holes kidding!? And we're paying an additional $35 or so as a surcharge to help pay off Ontario Hydro's debt after they mismanaged our hydro for all these years, AND we're actually paying GST Tax on that... Who do these idiots think they are!? Time to coat the Abattoir with Solar Cells. It's even been suggested the Abattoir introduce a "Guzzler Tax" of $5 for each patron that brings a monitor over 19" and a sub-woofer, but we think that's going a little far. It's going to be interesting to see how this electrified situation plays out over the next few months.
For all who've emailed us about the link below to the additional images of my Sister and Paul's wedding, yes… We know the link doesn't work. It's actually just underlined text and not a real link, we were hoping to have the rest of the image plates done by that evening, but time ran tight with all the scrambling for BTM35. It'll be up soon.
also be finally getting around to adding another two breakers to LAN
Central, with the addition of the MiniArcade
and a BTM Fridge,
we'll be eating even more of that good juice we're paying so dearly for…
No more blackouts come BTM36*crosses
fingers* Get to that Sign-Up
Page and get ready for a Tournament with
a Twist! Have a scary Halloween!
very next day was my Parents 40th Wedding Anniversary and a surprise party
was all set to kick off the next day. My Father looked robust and
hansom, Mom looked stunning. (…okay, how many adjectives do you
know, smart-ass?..) Follow that with my Fathers 62nd Birthday,
and you just don't have time to sleep… Chuck Thanksgiving in there
too if you like.
Bobcat is having a few health issues, he is almost 20 years old but
recently has been 'ejecting' much of his food… If it continues, we'll
rename him to 'Spewii Blobcat'. So off to the vet he went, keep in
mind, he's not an outdoor cat, so for the few times he's been in my car
it always involved a trip to the vet. He's put 2 and 2 together and
usually assumes a car ride equates to something going up his ass.
Tests all came out great and the vet was stunned to find a cat this old
in such great shape. I'm just letting you all know to be extra nice
and gentle with him during the upcoming BTM.
is now just a short week away… Work's going at a fever pace around
LAN Central is
finally getting a little attention as we've torn the place apart, sterilized
it (…or "DeStuii'ed it" as it were…) and are in the process of building
an Abattoir MiniArcade
adjacent to LAN Central!
We're also responding to the Abattoir
patrons demands for refrigeration! Since there's so much food involved,
we don't have a whole lot of fridge space available for those who prefer
to bring their own drinks or snacks, so we're also adding a new,
full-sized fridge in the MiniArcade
solely for the BTM's.
Stop your bitching. <GriN!>
"Bringing people together... so you can blow them apart!"