ADMIN: list server move and expenses
gschesel at comcast.net
Wed Sep 5 17:08:25 EDT 2007
I have been wondering how long we will have access to the service. I have
two '91s, a 200 TQA and a 100 quattro. I would like to continue driving
them and enjoying them for as long as I can keep them maintained with the
help the Audifans and S-Cars sites.
When Dan made his previous appeal, I made two PayPal contributions, but have
always wondered if they were received and wondering if I had connected to
the fraudulent Pay Pal site that was in the news at that time.
So in any event, my thanks to you Dan for the commitment. I hope my
contributions makes it this time.
'91 200 TQA, Pearl, 120k miles
'91 100 quattro, Bamboo, 237k miles
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
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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