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A diary of the wonderful and wacky goings on at Coffee to the People, an independent coffeehouse located at 1206 Masonic Avenue in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, California.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Game Night?

A couple of customers have suggested that we start hosting a game night at CTTP. This sounds like a great idea to us, but we're not sure how to handle the logistics. To begin with, what day of the week should the event be held? Friday and Saturday nights are generally booked, but we could do it any other night of the week. The next dilemma has to do with hours. Sunday through Thursday we close at 8 pm. This means that if we start at 6 pm (realistically the earliest time in the evening people can be expected to arrive after work) that only leaves two hours for games. Finally, there's the question of what games to play. Should we just open it up to whatever people want to do on any given night or should we plan to host particular games on particular nights?

So there you have it. We want to host a game night, but we don't know how. All suggestions on this matter are welcome.

6 Comments:

At 11/20/2005 01:00:00 AM, Anonymous Lloyd D Budd said...

Off topic, but I do not see contact info or form.

Have you considered moving your blog to an open blogging platform such as Wordpress.com? (Open source, and gratis)

Importing from blogger is described here http://jalansutera.com/2005/10/19/import-blogger-towordpresscom

 
At 11/20/2005 05:01:00 PM, Blogger Karin said...

Thanks, Lloyd. We've actually been talking about setting up some kind of billboard. For now, our contact info can be found by going to our profile pages (see "contributors").

 
At 12/04/2005 01:55:00 AM, Blogger Siel said...

Where are you guys? Hope the dearth of posts means things are busy and good at Coffee to the People :)

 
At 12/04/2005 02:21:00 AM, Blogger Karin said...

Hi, Siel. We're still here, just busy trying to roll out our new soups, salads, and sandwiches. Also, thanks to Lloyd, we're investigating changing our blogging platform. Hope to have a new post soon.

 
At 12/12/2005 01:20:00 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Hey, Alex asked me to post a note about wifi access. Not sure where the best place to stick it is, but i'll just add it as a comment to the most recent post :)

During particular busy periods, new laptop users often can't log into the system. I've noticed this myself occasionally in the past, and a few other people have commented.

The problem doesn't seem to affect people that are already connected to the network. It just seems to affect the unfortunates who try to join after there are a lot of people already online.

Most likely the problem is with the router's "Maximum number of DHCP Users" setting. The linksys manual (http://tinyurl.com/7quys click on "User Manual") says this is configurable to a max of 253 but defaults to 50.

It's possible that a) the setting has been changed to less than 50, b) you've got 50+ users in here all trying to get on the network at the same time (congrats, hope they're buying coffee!), or c) you've got some free-loaders in nearby houses.

If you're interested in fixing this problem, you might want to consider logging into the console and seeing how many users there are during busy periods. You could then either bump up the number of users or possibly lock down the network with a key you post at the counter or something.

Personally, I love being able to come here and hang out with friends and work, and not being able to get on the network occasionally is a small price to pay. And if you're persistent enough, you can usually hop on when someone else logs off. So making changes is up to you, Alex just thought you might be interested in what I found out since some users brought it up today.

If you decide not to change anything but discover that the problem is that we are indeed hitting the max, you may want to consider posting a note about it so people don't bug the employees.

Cheers
Mike

 
At 12/16/2005 07:18:00 PM, Blogger Bob said...

Michael,

Thanks so much for your helpful tips on our Internet connection. I thought I had the right settings, but I will double-check.

The connectivity thing is very frustrating because we went out of our way to get high-speed business SDSL, which should be more stable and consistent. I will try your suggestions and see if it improves the situation. I am a bit concerned that we have a freeloading problem (your scenario #3) but I have been reluctant to require a password to get in. If we continue to have these issues, we will do that as the next step.

 

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