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A Re-Possessed Aesthetic

As I wrote about previously, Bryan Mathers has been working on some designs for a couple of elements of the Reclaim Hosting site. In particular, a visual for the Migrations page as well as one for the various shared hosting packages we offer. He sent us the art this week, and as usual with his stuff it made me glow as green as a repossessed Chevy Malibu!

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In terms of the Migrations page aesthetic, I’ll quote myself here from the previous post to give a bit of context:

Tim, Lauren and I had been brainstorming what visuals we needed for the website. One of the things Tim mentioned was artwork that might help communicate our migrations service. We provide anyone that signs up free migrations to our hosting service. This is something few, if any, other hosting services provide, and I believe it does go above and beyond. Moving your stuff is stressful, and we make it painless, so the idea was to communicate this. Bryan had the idea of people outside a van with white gloves moving crates of records, which I totally loved. It set me down the road to Repo-perdition. In Repo Man the government agents worked out of a hi-tech industrial bread delivery truck (you can see the back of it in the image above–also what is the technical term for that kind of truck?). This image of movers with white gloves made me think of the government agents in nuclear suits moving the contaminated bodies of the homeless in Repo Man.

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OHMS Viewer Now Available

Reclaim Hosting is proud to announce a new software package available for install in our hosting environment, the OHMS Viewer. The Oral History Metadata Synchronizer viewer tool is a project from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries. OHMS provides users word-level search capability and a time-correlated transcript or indexed interview connecting the textual search term to the corresponding moment in the recorded interview online. To find out more about the project visit http://www.oralhistoryonline.org/.

Swag is for Losers, You Have to Buy Greatness!

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You know you wanna be like Grant Potter and rock out in this t-shirt!

We had some t-shirts left over after our first run of Reclaim Hosting leisurewear in April, and they have been neatly folded and stacked in a bunker somewhere deep in the Virginia countryside. Since then, Tim and I have been getting inquiries from folks about how they can get their hands on a Reclaim shirt—they are all the rage! I guess they missed our 10,000 tweets about them in April and May—luddites!

We originally bought extras with the idea of giving them away as swag. But the we realized we don’t want to travel to conferences as vendors.  And we sure as shit don’t want to suck up to people with free things because we’re already well on our way to owning the moniker of “successful business people.” In fact, we’re actively avoiding going to conferences as vendors because we are allergic to cavernously depressing hotels in Anaheim. What’s more, we see no reason why we should be doling out free swag given how freaking cheap we are to begin with! I mean come on, hippies, cough up some money for Reclaim swag—style does not come cheap! So, get a shirt while supplies last, and don’t cry about the cost— just think of that time you submitted a ticket after crashing your website trying to integrate WordPress with the think-farm known as Medium. Amatuers!

 

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Practical Advice for Running Domain of One’s Own

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I spend some of my time these days giving sage advice; us thought leaders do that from time to time—consider it a fringe benefit of staying my ass in school. Anyway, I was asked how I would approach framing a Domain of One’s Own initiative to convince admin this is valuable, and my take is fairly simple: it’s cheap as hell and can actually conform to and be driven by the needs of your community. So below is a quick copy and paste of my advice column email because I can:

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