Preparing for Growth

At COMC.com we have been working hard to strategically prepare for growth.

Better Storage System
We recently invented a new storage system to complement our inventory management system. This new system will allow us to easily grow from 80,000 to 1 Million+ cards in our current facilities. The storage system is fire retardant, theft deterring, earth quake resilient, and massively scalable. All this and we can still access any card in seconds.

Better Servers
We recently installed new servers that have more than 10 times the horse power of our previous server, and we are ready to scale with more servers as traffic increases.

Better Database Performance
We recently improved indexes used to perform searches so that all searches are fast, no matter how you choose to sort them. Nearly every search is now being completed in less than 0.20 seconds.

Better HTML Markup
We recently reduced the markup used on our search pages so that the views that have hover pop-ups (all views other than the details view) render in 1/10th the time they used to.

Better Page Response Time
We recently enabled gzip compression on our server so that the total bits transferred to the browser were reduced by 1/2. This makes the site feel a lot more responsive.

How I recovered Exchange Server 2003

This is probably not very interesting to sports card collectors, but if you recently had a power failure or just got impatient with your Exchange server and did a hard reboot, you might find this useful.

Now that we have our new servers up and running, I needed to move our old server to be next to the new ones. The old server is just used as our mail server running Exchange Server 2003. Well, after giving it a good 10 minutes to shut down, it still hadn’t completely shut down, and I was getting impatient (it was 2:30 AM). So, I just pulled the power cable, and moved the server.

When the server finally came back up Exchange complained with this error in the event log.

Information Store (3812) First Storage Group: Database G:\Program Files\Exchsrver\MDBDATA\priv1.edb: Page 3031 (0x00000bd7) failed verification due to a flush-order dependency mismatch. This page should have flushed before page 7216 (0x00001c30), but the latter page has instead flushed first. Recovery/restore will fail with error -255. If this condition persists then please restore the database from a previous backup. This problem is likely due to faulty hardware “losing” one or more flushes on one or both of these pages sometime in the past. Please contact your hardware vendor for further assistance diagnosing the problem.

I have a default Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 install with the Exchange data files in “G:\Program Files\Exchsrver\MDBDATA\”.

To fix the issue I did the following:

  • Made a backup of the entire “G:\Program Files\Exchsrver\MDBDATA\” directory
  • Found this article about eseutil
  • From “G:\Program Files\Exchsrver\bin” I ran the following command.

    eseutil.exe /r E00 /l”G:\Program Files\Exchsrver\MDBDATA”

  • This complained about priv1.edb being corrupt, so I ran the following commands to repair and defragment the edb files.

    eseutil.exe /p “G:\Program Files\Exchsrver\MDBDATA\priv1.edb”
    eseutil.exe /d “G:\Program Files\Exchsrver\MDBDATA\priv1.edb”
    eseutil.exe /p “G:\Program Files\Exchsrver\MDBDATA\pub1.edb”
    eseutil.exe /d “G:\Program Files\Exchsrver\MDBDATA\pub1.edb”

  • This fixed the corruption, but when tried to restart the “Microsoft Exchange Information Store” service, I got this error in the event log.

    Information Store (3600) First Storage Group: Database recovery failed with error -1216 because it encountered references to a database, ‘G:\Program Files\Exchsrver\MDBDATA\priv1.edb’, which is no longer present. The database was not brought to a Clean Shutdown state before it was removed (or possibly moved or renamed). The database engine will not permit recovery to complete for this instance until the missing database is re-instated. If the database is truly no longer available and no longer required, please contact PSS for further instructions regarding the steps required in order to allow recovery to proceed without this database.

  • This was very confusing because the file actually was present, but it turns out that you need to run a recovery to bring the database back to a clean state. So, I ran the recover command again.

    eseutil.exe /r E00 /l”G:\Program Files\Exchsrver\MDBDATA”

  • This time it complained with the following error.

    Operation terminated with error -1216 (JET_errAttachedDatabaseMismatch, An outstanding database attachment has been detected at the start or end of recovery, but database is missing or does not match attachment info) after 130.0 seconds.

  • This was the result of having to run the repair command without doing a clean shutdown. To resolve that issue I had to run the same recover command with the /i switch to ignore the inconsistencies.

    eseutil.exe /r E00 /l”G:\Program Files\Exchsrver\MDBDATA” /i

  • Finally I had to mount the mailbox and public folder stores by doing the following.
    • Open Server Management (Start -> Server Management)
    • Expand the Advanced Management node
    • Expand the <DomainName> (Exchange) node
    • Expand the Servers node
    • Expand the <ServerName> node
    • Expand the First Storeage Group node
    • Right-click Mailbox Store (<ServerName>) node
    • Click the Mount Store node
    • Right-click Public Folder Store (<ServerName>) node
    • Click the Mount Store node

At this point I was able to connect to Exchange with Outlook and everything appears to be back to normal.

Sell your cards & SAVE $ by meeting us at a show!

For those of you in the Pacific Northwest, there are some card shows coming up, and the CHECKOUTMYCARDS.com team will be there! See below for dates, times, and locations. Come out and see us!

SHOW DISCOUNTS
Interested in selling your cards on COMC.com? Meeting us at a show is an easy and cost effective way to do just that. You will receive the following discounted price:

  • $0.20 / Card for 25 or more cards from the exact same set/insert set/parallel set
  • $0.30 / Card for 25 or more cards from the same player
  • $0.40 / Card for or all other cards (25 card minimum)

(Our standard price for adding cards to the site: $0.50 / Card)

SHOW DATES/TIMES

September 8th, 2007
Saturday: 10am-4pm
Totem Lake Mall
12500 Totem Lake Blvd
Kirkland, WA 98034
Directions to Totem Lake Mall

September 15th, 2007
Saturday: 11am-6pm
Jantzen Beach Supercenter
1405 Jantzen Beach Center
Portland, OR 97217
Directions to Jantzen Beach Supercenter

September 22nd, 2007
Saturday: 10am-3pm
Meridian Park School
175th and Meridian
Shoreline, WA
Directions to Meridian Park School

Show and information courtesy of Twin Oaks Shows .

Let us know if you plan on being at one of the shows. We hope to see you there!
~The CHECKOUTMYCARDS.com Team

 

Making waves at the NSCC with my little brother!

At the National Sports Collectors Convention we picked up some cards that are sure to be collector’s items.

Thanks to Upper Deck, we were able to obtain the following:
2007 Upper Deck National Sports Collectors Convention #1 - Tim Getsch/1 - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com 2007 Upper Deck National Sports Collectors Convention #2 - Julia Getsch/1 - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com 2007 Upper Deck National Sports Collectors Convention #3 - John Neumann/1 - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

It’s the COMC.com team!

In case you’re wondering, John Neumann is my little brother who joined our team for the week. I flew from Seattle to Minneapolis where Johnny lives, picked him up, and together we made the drive to Cleveland! His help was invaluable. If he lived closer we would recruit him!

In fact, while at the convention, he was recruited for and quoted in a Beckett article!

“I just want to collect cards,” said John Neumann. “I don’t care what sport or who the player is. I just want to add relevant cards to my collection, even if the cards are of Barry Bonds.”

As a buyer/seller on our site, you’ll be seeing more of Johnny.

Julia

Something on our site was majorly broken today :-)

Our record for most hits, that is.

At 4:00 this afternoon we had 116,144 total hits. Our previous record was last Wednesday when we had 84,713. With 8 hours left in the day, we already have 37% more hits than our previous record. We have a shot at doubling our single day record! Good thing we just upgraded our servers, and we can now easily handle the traffic.

These numbers includes images and other resources, not just page views. Apparently some popular blogs have started linking to our images. Fortunately we recently started adding watermarks.
1993 Finest Refractors #94 - Joe Carter AS/241 - Courtesy of COMC.com
Image courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

If you want to link to images on COMC.com, you are welcome to do that! We encourage you to use one of the larger images that include a watermark, and we ask that you give us attribution with a link back to our website, such as the example above.

More relevant than eBay, craigslist, and Beckett

I started writing this post thinking that we had reached a milestone by having people use our scans on ebay.

eBay Item number: 120150396189 Cal Ripken – Fleer 1988 Card #570
1988 Fleer #570 - Cal Ripken - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

However, the real milestone is that google has started ranking pages on our site as more relavant than similar matches on eBay, craigslist, and Beckett.com. I think that is pretty good company!

If you take the description of the eBay auction mentioned above, “Cal Ripken – Fleer 1988 Card #570”, and search google for it, you will find that the #1 & #2 hits are now our site. #3 & #4 are eBay, #6 is craigslist, and #9 is Beckett.
#1 on Google

This auction happens to be starting at $2.00 for a card you can buy from our site for $0.50.