WorkSpace Community

Meet the WorkSpace Staff and New Owners

Submitted by Jayson Minard on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 17:38.

Come meet the staff and new owners of WorkSpace and enjoy an evening of wine, snacks, conversation, Q&A and tours of WorkSpace. All rolled into one evening at WorkSpace in Gastown: August 14, 2008 from 5:30PM until 8:00PM.

WorkSpace is a shared work environment in downtown Vancouver. Our Gastown loft has meeting rooms, a lounge & a café surrounding a beautiful open concept work environment. We provide memberships (not leases) to independent professionals and small firms looking for a better place to work.

WorkSpace Wireless Network Revamp

Submitted by Jayson Minard on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 15:56.

Today we revamped part of the wireless network in WorkSpace to stabilize the wireless network.  We introduced two main wireless access points that are part of the overall main network that also includes any hard-wired plugs.  These new access points are:

"workspace-front" which is positioned near the coffee bar while "workspace-back" is near the back open area of WorkSpace.  Both are on the same network and both can access the printer.  

Fiber Cut Takes Navigata Down in Gastown

Submitted by Jayson Minard on Sat, 08/02/2008 - 20:06.

Earlier this morning, a Fiber line feeding Navigata customers in Gastown was cut.  Internet service within WorkSpace was down during this time and restored around 8PM.

As internet is a key service for WorkSpace customers, we are currently working with other providers to provide both better performance and also redundancy in our network connection.  Since most other high speed providers do not currently have fiber to the building, and some alternatives are not economical, it will be a few months to establish a new primary internet connection as we work on a fiber build.  We have alternate backups that we hope to have in place quicker.

In addition, we are reworking some of the internal network within the space and although the changes will be transparent, the impact will be noticeable as it will be more reliable and provide faster internal networking.

Laidback Geek, my new blog

Submitted by mark yuasa on Fri, 08/01/2008 - 17:06.

Here's a shameless plug for my new blog, Laidback Geek.

My writing partner Lindsay Stewart and I write about the stuff we like, games, tv, anime, manga, and gadgets.

While plenty of sites cover these subjects in depth, it's exactly that depth that can be daunting for many. Geek sites are by nature created by the hardcore, for the hardcore. But should they be?

What about working geeks who want to know what five year old game will run on their production laptop? Or busy geeks who want to know what TV show they should watch on DVD because the writers' strike left a bad taste in their mouths?

That's where Laidback Geek comes in. As our tagline says, we feature "Geek Stuff, Less Hardcore."

WTF? Have we Vancouverites lost our minds?

Submitted by Nancy aka money... on Thu, 07/17/2008 - 10:04.

Fellow Citizens, you should know about this:

Many of you know of the infamous Oppenheimer Park in my 'hood, the Downtown Eastside. It's a pretty grim park, frankly. I only go there rarely and I don't let my dogs walk there because of the needles. And other stuff. See image below.

People without a house and nowhere to couch surf hang out there in the day and sleep there in cardboard and cheap sleeping bags at night. Not my kinda crowd, not easy people to be around, and easy to dismiss. But this next part is insane:

 Yesterday morning at approximately 4:30am the police took action against the homeless living in the park. People were ticketed and were allowed to leave with their belongings- those who didn't have shopping carts or other means of carrying their belongings had everything loaded into a garbage truck that had followed the police into the park.

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Time to Get Personal

Submitted by Florian Gabriel on Tue, 06/24/2008 - 14:48.

Over the last few months I have read some pretty amazing articles, stats and heard stories from friends and family that really confirm my belief that we are on to something here at Biz Pod Interactive.

The adoption rate of corporate video podcasts are taking off. A friend of mine works at a clothing store and every 2 weeks she gets a video message from the CEO of the company which shows her the new merchandise and tells her about new company initiatives and promotions. Another friend works for the BC Forest Ministry and his son for the Alberta Ministry of Transportation and they too receive video messages from their superiors regarding the latest information about their organizations.

On the cover of WIRED magazine in March was the featured article by Clive Thompson entitled “The See-Through CEO”. It’s about how more and more CEOs are becoming more personal and honest with their staff and customers and how they’re using new communication tools to connect. Here is an excerpt…Radical forms of transparency are now the norm at startups - and even some Fortune 500 companies. It is a strange and abrupt reversal of corporate values. Not long ago, the only public statements a company ever made were professionally written press releases and the rare, stage-managed speech by the CEO. Now firms spill information in torrents, posting internal memos and strategy goals, letting everyone from the top dog to shop-floor workers blog publicly about what their firm is doing right - and wrong.

Am I Crazy: Chronicles of an Entrepreneur Part 7

Submitted by Kevin Royes on Mon, 06/23/2008 - 12:22.

Am I Crazy: Chronicles of an Entrepreneur Part 7

It’s been one year exactly since my last update on the quest to bring my new tool design to the world…and today is great news. Actually Friday was the great news…I received my first royalty payment from sales. Yes indeed, we landed our first two orders about two weeks ago with some larger US retailers and it has converted into my first earned income in over 6 months. Now I have a partner in Shanghai, an apartment an office, and we start shipping August. We will see this Christmas how the public likes kelvin. If all goes well, then 2009 will be a great year…which I think it will. That’s why I am playing this crazy game…because I am thinking kelvin.23 is going to be the next Leatherman or Swiss Army Knife. One Million kelvin’s…that is my motto for 2009.

Anyone have any great hockey photos/videos? $1000 prize

Submitted by Nancy aka money... on Sat, 06/07/2008 - 20:07.

... is up for grabs at   Contest closed Monday June 9, 2008!

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Educating with Video Podcasts

Submitted by Florian Gabriel on Wed, 05/28/2008 - 11:16.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

In other words a picture shows me at a glance what it takes dozens of pages of a book to expound.

In our series of Biz Pod Showcases we also explored Video Podcast as an educational tool. Looking at the three different ways people take in information - visual, auditive or tactile/kinesthetic - we found that Video Podcasts cover two out of the three different learning styles. Of course people don’t just learn one specific way but certainly there are preferences in which way each individual can be educated best. Adopting Video Podcast as an Educational or Training tool chances are high that your audience is more receptive than to a memo, newsletter or a voice message.

For our Showcase we featured Bill is the Head of HR of our Showcase Corporation. Professional further development is important and part of the company culture. To educate his staff about conflict management Bill uses a series of Video Messages. In this Video Messages Bill speaks about the O.T.F.D Method that helps in a practical way how to deal with conflict situations at the workplace

86th Annual Fort Langley May Day Parade

Submitted by Florian Gabriel on Tue, 05/27/2008 - 10:09.

“Let’s go to the bakery….” you could hear us already from far away.  Rolling through Fort Langley with the Bakery Van, two still very young Gingerbread Men, a Toast Boy and two Adult cookies. And we were armed! Armed with 1000 cookies! That is how many the Fort Langley Bakery baked, wrapped and gave away at this Year’s May Day Parade. But guess what? The cookies didn’t last very long. To many people wanted more.
Young and old loved the sweet treats and were craving for more….no wonder the bakery was packed after the parade.  Well now we have to consider baking even more for next year…let’s see.

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