UpgrADe started out in a publication called "Insight" at a Fortune 500 insurance company in early 1992. The name of the strip was called 'Oper1b', which was one of the operator shifts in the company's data center. The original characters in the strip are the people that I worked with on that shift. When I decided to take it public in 1996, I changed the name and gave the entire strip an "Upgrade"!