[urq] ADMIN: list server move and expenses
urquattro at comcast.net
urquattro at comcast.net
Thu Sep 6 11:32:38 PDT 2007
I just kicked in some cash via PayPal; wanted to say a HUGE public thank you to Dan and all you listers who make this "home base" for our cars what it is.
If you haven't contributed, please DO.
Heck, even if only half of us who regularly read each kicked in $20, I think we'd be set on equipment and hosting costs for another 10 years!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: 200q20v-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:200q20v-bounces at audifans.com] On
> Behalf Of Dan Simoes
> Sent: Wednesday, September 05, 2007 2:58 PM
> To: quattro at audifans.com; 200q20V mailing list; s-car-list at audifans.com;
> biturbos4 at audifans.com; urq at audifans.com; a4 at audifans.com
> Subject: ADMIN: list server move and expenses
> 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
> some contributions.
> 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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