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Computer Problems

I’m back! My computer troubles are finally over. Business Cat’s are just beginning.

Involuntary Hiatus

I sometimes forget that not everyone who reads this comic also follows me on Facebook or Twitter. So for those of you who have been left in the dark on this, here’s where we’re at right now.

Last Monday my computer up and died on me. It was functioning perfectly the night before and the next morning I go to turn it on and the LCD screen is a garbled mess. A new screen had to be ordered in for me and on Friday evening it was replaced. The screen looks perfect and I was ready and willing to get started on some new comics for Monday when it soon became apparent that the LCD screen was not the full extent of the problem.

Long story short, my computer is still entirely unusable and at this rate it looks like I may not even be able to get it seen by the appropriate parties until Nov 20. I’ve no idea how long it may take to resolve the problem after that. Until that day, however, I have no way of creating and uploading new comics. And if you think you’re bummed about that, I can tell you that I’m about ten times more bummed than you are.

From bad to worse, I will be in Australia for a few weeks from Dec 5. If I can’t get it fixed soon I may not have time to sort out some comics in advance of my trip. These are dark times. But rest assured, I will be back up and running eventually. Watch my social media for any updates.

Finally, here are the long boring details of my current problem for anyone who may be able to help. If so, shoot me an e-mail:

Fan is extremely loud upon booting up and the computer slows to a crawl making it almost impossible to do anything. Activity Monitor shows that CPU usage is around 80-90% even when zero apps are open. Process called ‘kernel_task’ is reading at 600-800% CPU usage. Multiple SMC and PRAM resets have yielded no results. Running 27″ iMac w/ SSD and upgraded to Yosemite about two-three weeks ago.

New Patreon

Hey guys,

My content is and always will remain free, but if you’d like to help support what I do (and get some extra content and behind the scenes updates in return), then please consider taking a look at my new Patreon page.

Iceland

Hey guys, just letting you all know that as of tomorrow, I will have left for a two week holiday in Iceland.

What does this mean for the vast majority of you? Absolutely nothing. The comics will continue to update as normal while I’m away. What I can do is reveal the following; you’ll be getting two regular Happy Jar strips, two Business Cat strips, and a little something that is completely different from anything else on the site.

I probably won’t be responding to any e-mails while I’m away and prints will not be available on any of the new comics until I get back. Approval of Disqus comments may prove very slow depending on where I am.

Google+ users are likely to be the most affected by this as I can’t for the life of me find a way to automatically update posts there through WordPress. Happy Jar / Business Cat updates on Google+ will therefore either be late or non existent.

Thanks for the support from all who’ve donated recently or bought merchandise through the store. I really appreciate it.

I’ll be sifting through your comments, posts, and opinions again come June 14. Unless of course I fall off a waterfall and die or something, in which case somebody please look after my cat.