[urq] [s-cars] ADMIN: list server move and expenses
rpecsar at pacbell.net
Thu Sep 6 01:47:02 EDT 2007
We appreciate all your efforts to keep this site and lists alive and
I can sniff around my work for a U1. Any other specs that are important?
Where are you living in CA?
Dan Simoes wrote:
>I know I don't post here all that often these days, so some of you
>may not even know me. I run the site/lists. I also shoulder all the
>costs for doing so, offset by some minor advertising revenue, and
>I took over the list from the original founder, and have kept it
>going continuously since 1993. That's going on 14 years now.
>Over the years I've owned an Audi 90 (nonq), several 4000q, a
>gorgeous CQ, and finally a green (cause they are so rare) 95 S6 Avant.
>Thankfully, Audi recognized all my efforts with a gorgeous S1 which I
>keep at my summer home in Italy. Yeah, right.
>Over the years, the list has "lived" at various of my employers, on a
>variety of hardware. About 2 years ago, I purchased a new server for
>the site, and arranged for network and power (known as colocation) at
>a community data center near Poughkeepsie NY.
>That data center is being shut down in a few weeks, so I am making
>arrangements for a new location. Since I now live in California, it
>makes sense to find somewhere near here, in case I need to physically
>touch the box.
>Although at times I think about just pulling the plug (especially
>since I haven't owned an Audi in several years), I know there is a
>lot of value here, and this is "home" to many of you. So, I'm
>committed to keeping it going.
>Our new data center requires a rackmount server, so I will be
>building or buying a new machine for this purpose. That server will
>cost in the $600-800 range, conservatively. Data center colo costs
>will run only $50/mo, but even that is $600/year.
>So, those are the numbers. Now, here's how you can help:
>- If you happen to have a 1U server sitting around, let me know.
>Otherwise I will be building/buying one.
>- If you would like to contribute to offsetting these costs, you can
>send me funds via paypal: http://www.audifans.com/about.php, or
>direct to dans at audifans.com.
>- If you're going to buy something, visit the affiliate page I've
>build at http://audifans.com/shop. Yeah, it's ugly, but those little
>commissions add up.
>- If you use the marketplace and are able to sell something, consider
>sending a contribution. In particular, dealers have been abusing the
>marketplace, even when I reduced the "fee" to only $1/ad. If
>marketplace abuse continues, I will have to pull the plug or switch
>it to moderated, but I don't have time to develop the code and the
>guy who wrote it seems to have lost interest.
>As far as Audis go, I think the A3 is interesting but overpriced, and
>not much else in the lineup interests me. I still have a soft spot
>for the urq and the 95.5 S6 Avant, and I think I might be able to
>afford to buy (but not repair) an S8 one day :)
>In the meantime, I've been driving VW TDIs for the last few years,
>and I look forward to seeing more diesels coming to the US in the
>next couple of years.
>Back to work we go. Thanks for reading.
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>S-CAR-List at audifans.com
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