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~ TCJ (The Comics Journal)

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~ TimeChaser

Win Free Microsoft Points

My buddy Ryan just released a promising Bomberman-inspired game for the Xbox 360 and is giving away a gazillion Microsoft points in a fun comment contest on his blog. Take part, you can also read my entry!

Wanna Write For theO?

Check out the main page.

Also, comment if you have any ideas that OTHER people could pursue.

Am psyched to get Kei back in the fold here at theO.



Just Ask

theO's hosting bills have been killing us.

The problem is there's not much to trim. We push a lot of traffic and images and could be paying a lot more.

So I took a shot and contacted our web host with a simple, ridiculous request. It went (roughly) like this:

"Hey guys, we've been a happy customer for years but was wondering if we could get a discount on our server? Our goal is to save $60 a month with you. If not, and we'd hate to do this, we might have to shop around for a better deal. Just wanted to give you a heads-up."

They responded within 10 minutes giving us the full discount we requested. Woohoo!

- It never hurts to ask, no matter how ridiculous your request is
- When you ask for something ALWAYS give a specific number. Don't leave it to them. I'm sure if I was vague, I would have gotten a discount but maybe $30/month instead of $60/month
- People are lazy, they'll often just give you what you want rather than haggle
- Keeping an existing customer is MUCH cheaper than attracting and winning over a new one

We still need to cut costs but this was a good first step.

Does Anyone See Phantom PMs?

In our never-ending battle against phantom PMs, we fixed another bug. Respond if you still encounter them.