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New tagline

May 30th, 2011

I always used the tagline beta and recently I even used always in beta . I liked this tagline: because Grubba is an ungoing project, never ending, never finished.

I liked this tagline, that is, until i read the excellent book from the people at 37signals. It’s called Getting real. They really spoiled my tagline for me, with a few excellent remarks, here are a few small quotes:

These days it feels like everything is in beta stage forever. That’s a cop out. An interminable beta stage tells customers you’re not really committed to rolling out a finished product. It says, “Use this, but if it’s not perfect, it’s not our fault.”

Don’t wait for your product to reach perfection. It’s not gonna happen. Take responsibility for what you’re releasing. Put it out and call it a release. Otherwise, you’re just making excuses

I never thought of it that way, call it a blind spot. But after a few minutes of deep thought I decided to ditch the beta tagline.

So goodbye: always in beta and hello to the easy database

Ps. you can read the book online here >
or better yet, buy the book here >

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Spanish…

May 18th, 2011

Thanks to one of our users (Thanks Pablo!) Grubba is now available in Spanish. The backend of the application is completely translated.

Update 25th May:
The frontend is also translated by Pablo. This means Grubba is now fully availabe for our Spanish speaking users!

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A small update

May 16th, 2011

First, of all, I am so happy with our first user-contribution! Thanks to Haughton we can start implementing a Spanish version of Grubba. At least the back-end, which is great!

Would you also like to help out? Please visit this page: http://grubba.net/blog/?page_id=220

More news:
I made a small modification to the layout. We removed the extra navigation items on the top of the page. All main site navigation can be found at the bottom of all pages.

And even more:
The new export procedure with the .rtf export is nearly finished. We are now testing and testing and testing…

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What a day….

May 2nd, 2011

We are ready with moving to our new server. What a day…

Our new domainhost messed up bigtime. Resulting in more then
an hour downtime. This is serious ^%#$##@! We worked so hard on a smooth transition and now someone just pulled a switch…

Please check if you are working on the new server.The tagline under the logo on the top-left should say: always in beta. If it only says: beta –> please empty your browsers cache. Still on the old server? Your ISP has cached the old DNS, this can take up to 24 hours (you can try resetting your router).

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New function added: browse records one-by-one

April 30th, 2011

I finally got the time and the brainwaves to implement a way to browse through your records one-by-one. This is something i wanted to implement for a long time, many users asked for this function, so here it is!

Just click on the ‘previous’ or ‘next’ icon in the record view page to see it in action.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you encounter any problems or bugs!

Something different:
We are still busy moving to the new server. There will be some downtime, we hope to minimize it to an hour or so. We’ll keep you posted on when.

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New VPS server!

April 11th, 2011

Exciting times for us! We just got a VPS server with loads of space! We are in the process of moving files to the new server and will be testing it soon.

If all things go well, we’ll move all databases to the new server within a few weeks. We hope to do this without any downtime, but that’s not sure yet.

We’ll keep you posted!

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We suck at bloggin’

April 1st, 2011

One of our users pointed our lack of blogging out to us. And she was right: we do suck at blogging.

So we will try to better our lives and do a small update.

Nope, not a joke, we’ve made some minor (but important) changes to our system. This will increase speed for new users. As always: if you encounter problems or bugs –> don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Rebuilding export procedure

November 13th, 2010

I am currently in the process of rebuilding the whole export process. Exporting is too slow when there is much data. My goal was to have an instant download process, but i abandoned this idea.

In the future your exports will be placed in a download queue. This will run silently in the background while you keep working in Grubba. When the export is ready, you’ll get an email.

This will first be implemented in the new export to .rtf function, then the .csv download and lastly the .pdf download.

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No more ads!

November 8th, 2010

Our nag-screen adventure is over. We hated it.

From now on we have a small black footer with a donation link.

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The advertising madness…

October 14th, 2010

Update 8th november 2010

Our nag-screen adventure is over. We hated it.
From now on we have a small black footer with a donation link.

When we first started we were very clear on one thing. No ADS on the site! So we made Grubba donationware. The (sad) truth however is that – although we do get donations (thank you so much!) – it’s not enough to keep Grubba up and running.

So we decided to implement a nag screen. We don’t want ads on every page, so we will nag you once with this popup each time you login.

You can support us by sending a donation or visiting one of our great sponsors below.

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