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Establish a perimeter around IT crime scenes with this high-visibility warning: HELPLESS LUDDITES KEEP OUT: COMPUTER REPAIR IN PROGRESS
Establish a perimeter around IT crime scenes with this high-visibility warning: HELPLESS LUDDITES KEEP OUT: COMPUTER REPAIR IN PROGRESS
411 backers pledged $13,659 to help bring this project to life.

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It all began with this Not Invented Here comic strip, written by Paul Southworth and Bill Barnes and drawn by Jeff Zugale:

Instantly we were beset by requests, nay, pleadings to make this fictional barrier tape real. Clearly we struck a nerve, and now you can strike a blow for IT professionals everywhere by contributing to this project. We promise to post the funniest photos featuring the tape to the Not Invented Here blog.

Each roll will consist of 250' of high-visibility yellow barrier tape with the following text repeating in black: HELPLESS LUDDITES KEEP OUT: COMPUTER REPAIR IN PROGRESS. The tape is 2" wide and 3mil thick and is not adhesive. The artist's rendition above is our best effort, but there may be slight differences in the final product.

DELIVERING OUTSIDE THE U.S.? I'm embarrassed to say that I underestimated international delivery costs. We are willing to stand by the numbers quoted at right, but we are asking folks to add an additional $3 per roll beyond the prices quoted.

UPDATE: Obviously bright yellow tape with an amusing slogan is its own reward, but as an incentive to spread the word (and possibly up your pledge), Not Invented Here artist emeritus Paul Southworth has agreed that if we reach the lofty level of $10,000 he will return from his luxurious retirement in the tropics to draw a week's worth of strips this summer. Many tears were shed when Paul left, so here's a chance to get another taste of his unique style.

ANOTHER UPDATE: We're getting closer to $10,000! Let's sweeten the pot a little more! If we make it, not only will Paul draw NIH for a week this summer, but every roll of IT Barrier Tape purchased will be also be accompanied by this handsome (and handy) 3.5"x2" magnet:

YET ANOTHER UPDATE: We made it past $10,000! So now every roll of tape will be accompanied by the above magnet. Furthermore we have added a $7 magnets-only premium, and you can add additional magnets to any premium for $2 each (remember to add an additional $1 per magnet for delivery outside the US).

FAQ

  • Yes!

    To buy 2 rolls, select the $20 one roll premium (or *any* of the premiums featuring a single roll) and add $20.

    To buy more than 3 but fewer than 10 rolls, select the $55 three roll premium and add $18 for each additional roll.

    To buy more than 10 but fewer than 30 rolls, select the $175 ten roll premium and add $17.50 for each additional roll.

    To buy more than 30 but fewer than 100 rolls, select the $480 thirty roll premium and add $16 for each additional roll.

    To buy more than 100 rolls, select the $1490 one hundred roll premium and add $14.90 for each additional roll.

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  • We can't promise there will be. We might order some extras, but we are generally thinking of this as a one-time funny product. So if you are hoping to use these as gifts for upcoming birthdays and holidays, we suggest you get them now. The more you buy, the cheaper they get!

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  • Almost all of our premiums are for actual goods. If we get "overfunded" it just means that folks are buying more, so we'll spend most of it on the cost of those goods. In the case of commissioned drawings by Jeff and Paul, most of the money goes directly to them. For everything we built in what we hope turns out to be a profit margin, which we plan to use to feed our children. They get so whiny when they're hungry.

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    On behalf of hard-working IT professionals everywhere, our thanks for helping make this funny thing real.

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    Two 3.5" x 2" magnets with the same slogan as the tape. Add $2 for each additional magnet. (Please add $1 per magnet for delivery outside the US)

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    One roll of IT barrier tape. (Please add $5 for delivery outside the U.S.)

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    One roll of IT barrier tape PLUS a copy of Runtime Error, the first Not Invented Here collection. (Please add $7 for delivery outside the U.S.)

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    One roll of IT barrier tape PLUS a high-quality print of the Not Invented Here comic strip in question on archival 11"x14" stock. (Please add $10 for delivery outside the U.S.)

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    One roll of IT barrier tape PLUS a copy of Runtime Error AND a high-quality print of the Not Invented Here comic strip in question on archival 11"x14" stock. (Please add $12 for delivery outside the U.S.)

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    Three rolls of IT barrier tape. (Please add $10 for delivery outside the U.S.)

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    One roll of IT barrier tape PLUS an 8.5" x 11" custom black and white ink drawing (you pick the subject) by artist Jeff Zugale. (Please add $10 for delivery outside the U.S.)

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    One roll of IT barrier tape PLUS an 8.5" x 11" custom black and white ink drawing (you pick the subject) by artist Paul Southworth (Please add $10 for delivery outside the U.S.)

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    One roll of IT barrier tape PLUS a black and white reproduction of the Not Invented Here strip in question, hand inked by artist Jeff Zugale. (Please add $10 for delivery outside the U.S.)

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    One roll of IT barrier tape PLUS an 8.5" x 11" color ink drawing (you pick the subject) by artist Jeff Zugale. (Please add $10 for delivery outside the U.S.)

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    Ten (10) rolls of IT barrier tape (Please add $30 for delivery outside the U.S.)

    Want more than 3 but fewer than 10? Select the $55 "three rolls" level and add $18 for each additional roll.

    Want more than 10 but fewer than 30? Select this premium and add $17.50 for each additional roll.

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    One roll of IT barrier tape PLUS a full color reproduction of the Not Invented Here strip in question (or your choice of any strips drawn by Jeff Zugale), hand inked and colored by artist Jeff Zugale. (Please add $15 for delivery outside the U.S.)

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    Thirty (30) rolls of IT barrier tape (Please add $75 for delivery outside the U.S.)

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    One roll of IT barrier tape PLUS we will feature a character based on you (with your name and likeness) in an upcoming Not Invented Here strip.

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    One hundred (100) rolls of IT barrier tape. (Please add $200 for delivery outside U.S.)

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    One roll of IT barrier tape PLUS an acryllic reproduction of any the Not Invented Here strip in question (or your choice of any strips drawn by Jeff Zugale), hand painted by artist Jeff Zugale.

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    Bill will visit your software company (at your expense if outside the greater Seattle area), spending the day handing out IT barrier tape and getting to know the business and people, and then make fun of it in a future Not Invented Here sequence.

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