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Post by: FyberOptic on July 15, 2008, 08:51:29 PM
As many of you may already know, regular donations are what keep Fybertech afloat.  Boris and Vito in particular have gone out of their way to ensure that things keep trucking along for the last few years, for which I'm sure we're all grateful.  Last year, in fact, Boris decided to splurge and sent an entire year's worth of what he'd normally have donated all at once, and this earned us a 20% increase of disk space through the company that Fybertech's server is hosted at.  That being the fine folks at Linode (http://www.linode.com).

Now normally I wouldn't do this, but the time for ackshun is approaching, so I thought I'd make folks aware of what's pending.  Basically, Boris isn't going to be able to cover an entire year of his usual donations up front this time around.  This doesn't mean that Fybertech is in sudden peril, because both Boris and Vito will surely continue to help out regularly as they've so thankfully done so far.  But what this means for Fybertech is that we have to switch back to monthly payments, which unfortunately means that we have to give up our 20% of extra disk space.

In case you're wondering what good that space is to Fybertech, currently 2.3GB of 4get's 5.4GB of content rests there.  As does all approximately 600MB of 4thread.  It's proven useful for other things as well, like for temporary hosting and storage purposes and such.  And who knows what other user-contributable creation(s) will sprout up in the future that would need such space.  Fybertech says "disk space taste good om nom".  That's a direct quote, too.  I asked it.

Losing the extra disk space won't mean the end of 4get or 4thread, but they're obviously going to get pretty heavily pruned.  I lack the disk space on the backup server to grab those sections of the site when doing regular backups, so those images will pretty much be gawn.  It's not a huge loss, no, but space will be tighter in general.  They'd have had to be pruned eventually anyway, just probably not this drastically.

So, how much exactly is needed to keep things going like they are?  And by when?  Oh, it's just $250.  And it's due September 1st.  Yeah, not a small sum, which is why kudos go to Boris for covering that as well as the .com domain renewal last year which also came due at the same time (and will again this year).  Problem is, to change billing plans back to monthly, I'll probably have to do it around the end of this month so that things will be set by the time the due date rolls around.  So that gives us about two weeks to decide what we want to do here.

I don't like asking folks for money, and still won't ask outright, but I thought I'd point out the situation and see what folks wanted to do.  If the consensus is "who cares", then it's no big deal, I'll do a truffle shuffle with the site contents and we'll work it out.  If keeping the space and everything assocated with it is preferred, then obviously some much appreciated donations would be required.  But it's up to you guys!  Feel free to comment or discuss things here in the topic.  Or if you want to shove greenbacks on me immediately, check the FAQ section for the Paypal link, or PM me I guess for an address if you do snail mail.  No flaming poop on porch though kthx.

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: Boris on July 15, 2008, 10:32:17 PM
[22:26] <Boris> well since you mentioned it publicly
[22:27] <Boris> no offense, but I don't see this gang raisin that much for anythang
[22:27] <FyberOptic> mabber not, but the situation warranted being mentioned, I figured
[22:27] <FyberOptic> since it'll affect the site's contents
[22:27] <Boris> I can swing my usual $20 for the month of september of course, and I'll be back in school by then so the money for fibbertech will be easy
[22:28] <Boris> monthly money I mene

So fear not, between Vito and I the site won't go anywhere, and as for the space: 4get needed a haircut anyway. Anything else will probably be 'potted' until we can come up with something to do with it longer term. If nothing else, bank account with interest? I dunno. But I appreciate it either way.

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: MDude on July 15, 2008, 10:35:57 PM
I don't mind giving $20 or so dollars this month, although I don't mind 4Get getting a pruning anyway. CURRENT TOTAL = $20

Although at the same time, though, I wish there was some way to make sure is was the less cool stuff that got canned, rather than just the oldest. Like some kind of deleteability = size/veiws + age. But maybe that would increase CPU use too much, so possibly a bad idea!

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: Bluejay on July 16, 2008, 07:04:21 AM
I'm sorry I can't do more to help, I haven't worked in months, but I sent $50 cause this place be awsome and I don't want it to have to change (unless for the better).  Put that money to good use guys as it was my food for the next week (not really).


Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: Buzzard on July 16, 2008, 07:53:03 AM
I can't use paypal, but if Fibber gives me his address, I'll stuff a twentry or two in the main and send it his way. Since I'm in DC right now, it shouldn't even take that long.

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: Bluejay on July 16, 2008, 10:48:34 AM
there's a donate link in the FAQ section, if you have a card with a visa logo or anything similar, you don't need paypal, you can use the service.

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: FyberOptic on July 16, 2008, 11:24:26 AM
Buzzard mentioned in chat that he might could manage $40, so I tossed him an email with the address to throw it at.  That would make $110 total in pledges/donations so far, with $50 of it confirmed since Bluejay already tucked that into my waistband after a very uncomfortable rendition of the macarena.  THE THINGS I DO FOR THIS PLACE.

But yeah seriously, I'm impressed that we've managed to possibly come up with almost half of it in less than 24 hours.  We just might pull it off..!

EDIT: Lark sent $10, so that's $120 total pledged, $60 confirmed

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: Blazeman on July 16, 2008, 07:44:12 PM
Sadly, I can't really send any money. However, I can, through to power of Walfas, make a picture to promote things.


Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: FyberOptic on July 16, 2008, 09:37:15 PM
Put the money in the basket

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: Rotary_Turbo on July 16, 2008, 10:37:15 PM
Put the money in the basket
puts, heh.  Plus "[23:16] <Haul> I'll try to drop at least 50"  New total, 200 pledged 90 accounted for.

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: FyberOptic on July 16, 2008, 10:38:57 PM
Yeah I was gonna say, Haul said he might can do $50, with Vito possibly $15 or $20 to add in.  And RT has just sent in $30.

So that's $90 confirmed and in my pants, and $125 pledged.  $215 total.  SO CLOSE.

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: Boris on July 17, 2008, 01:42:28 AM
donut forget I'm good for $20, and my brother is offerin to chip some in if somebody else can't helper.

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: Rhythm on July 20, 2008, 02:57:06 PM
posting from my. IPhone :P

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: FyberOptic on July 20, 2008, 03:09:34 PM
/me sells it, gets enough to pay server

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: FyberOptic on July 25, 2008, 01:01:42 AM
Since the date of confirming whether we'll be able to pay it or not is less than a week away now, I thought I'd bump this topic to see what everyone's intentions still were.  $90 is still the confirmed, I haven't received any via mail.

Remember, I just need to know we'll definitely have the money by September 1st, it doesn't necessarily have to be in my hamd yet.  But also keep in mind that for any money anyone intends to mail, it has to have time to get here, then have time to go through the bank to Paypal, which takes about a week for them to process.  Thought I better point that out, since the delay is sucky.

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: MDude on July 25, 2008, 10:19:19 AM
Edit: Accidentaly posted here instead of in the links topic.

Anyway, I totaly forgot abotut he delay thing! Is it alright is it alright if I do this Monday or so? I need to go to bed soon to get up early tomorrow and be gone all weekend seeing ROBOTS.

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: MDude on July 29, 2008, 03:35:35 PM
If the internet money movers are working, you should get the $20  form me (which I was goign to send anyway) soon.

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: FyberOptic on July 29, 2008, 03:43:52 PM
I totally just got it, thanks a bunch.  So now we're at $110 confirmed.

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: FyberOptic on August 04, 2008, 10:56:21 AM

The day to decide is behind us, and I decided we could probably do this thing at this rate, so we're just ticking down to actually paying it now.  We're mostly missing the bigger donations from Buzzard and Haul so far.  So once I get those we'll be in a lot better shape, and there'll only be about $40 left at that point, which I'm sure we can scrounge up.

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: Buzzard on August 05, 2008, 11:03:59 AM
I'll be sending you my dollars soon. I'll probably head to a post office later now that my computer's fixed and I can get ahold of your address.

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: FyberOptic on August 12, 2008, 03:09:14 PM
I got Haul's fifty big bucks, which brings it to $160.  Buzzard said he mailed his, so it should be here any time too.  So far, so good..!

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: Buzzard on August 12, 2008, 08:31:17 PM
Yeah, please let me know when you get that. Also send Bux.

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: Boris on August 15, 2008, 01:46:58 AM
Apperently Fyber finally got it, and we're at $200. Looks like we'll pick up another year hosted via community effort when I get my dollars thrown at Fyber.

I must say, I'm surprised at this.
A lot.
Ya'll did good.

'Spose it's a testament that the fact you guys are good folks and when the administration isn't constantly badgering for money, a good donation drive can go a long way. You can be sure it'll be put to good use with more junk slowly falling out of fyber's codehole, I imagine.

Thanks again guys, sorry I couldn't cover it myself this time. I'll get on the ball of finding a summer gig much earlier next time.~

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: Buzzard on August 16, 2008, 01:31:07 AM
I dunno, it's almost better when we're not all a bunch of moochers. Makes me feel better about being a freeloader.

Title: Re: BIG POST
Post by: Bluejay on August 16, 2008, 09:15:07 AM
now as soon as thins "pledge drive" is over we start another right... we'll call it a uh... contest... for some art or... crap... but as coll guys you can insult us if we don't try for it.

Best idea ^_^