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July 15, 2003

Our sister site,, was down was down for a while.  Zen, the system administrator, was out of town and it took some time to get a hold of him.  Once he was reached, he was able to call someone and have them bring the server back up.  But, for those of you who couldn't get on in the morning-- that's why.

July 11, 2003

Fantasy and space art move to photos

    The photo's page takes on the fantasy and space art previously hosted at  Since there is so little on that site, I've decided to take the put the image on that page on

July 10, 2003

Photo gallery script good enough for beta

    After development of forever and a day, the photo gallery script is complete enough to reach it's beta state.  This script runs the photo's page as well as the photo galleries at Drink'n Drano and The Garage.  It still has some areas that need work, but all the base functionality is there.

July 01, 2003

130,774 hits for June daily averages

    The  24 of June was the day we broke 100,000 hits, and by the end of June we received over 130,000. 

Have a look at the graphs

   So what happened  during the month of June that resulted in such as massive growth?  There are a couple of things.  Probably the biggest is our parallel efforts with Zen and the GarageCrowd site-- a sister site of the Garage site.  Zen has made a terrific site and draws a lot of regular visitors.  Our conglomerate ring of sites includes the Garage Crowd, The Garage and Drink'n Drano that probably accounts for 50% of the traffic we receive.  Crystal's site, Drink'n Drano, has attracted a lot of traffic from the Garage Crowd site.  A close second would have to be the Kings Quest walkthrough site, taking hits from all over the world.
    What's coming up for the month of July?  Well, I hope to finish the long in the working image gallery script.  It is currently running the pictures page for, but it has a lot of work needed still.  We'll also continue to add to the pictures page for  They are growing fast already since I started riding bike almost daily now.  Crystal will also continue adding to her site Drink'n Drano.  And we have to start on and  Some options are being explored, including some PHP based systems, but more as we explore that.

June 25, 2003

Loss of power at Park Place

    Around 6:00pm today, we lost power for a good 20 minutes, but continued to serve webpages.  The UPS had no problem delivering power though the downtime caused by the electrical storm outside.  Due to the temperature outside, the Black Dragon was taken off-line for the power outage since the air conditioner was unable to run.  The Dragon's Den really gets warm quickly in the summer without air conditioning.

June 24, 2003 breaks 100,000 hits in a single month

    At noon today, we broke 100,000 hits for the month of June.  An average of 4,000 hits a day is more hits per day than in the month of July of last year.  We've grown some :)

June 20, 2003

Some pictures of Que and our setup

    It doesn't look like I've been doing much, but actually I've been making good progress on the PHP/MySQL system I want to use for photo gallery's.  It's not quite ready yet, but close enough to run a pictures page for  It's kind of A LOT OF WORK!

June 05, 2003

Contact page redone using PHP and CGI

    The contact page system was revised to use PHP.  It makes it much easier to display errors and also gives you the option to post your message using SSL encryption.  I still had to use CGI to send the e-mail.  PHP has e-mail stuff built in, but I couldn't get it working.  It's okay though, the CGI system still works fine.