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[Noderunner] Call for Donations?

A quick note to users of Noderunner.net (and all the hosted sites and services like Nausicaa.net, Westeros.org, OGR, etc.) -- the hosting plan, for the two machines which Noderunner needs for everything it runs, costs me $268/month ever since we went to profession colocation with professional technicians on call 24/7 if there's ever a big problem. I am perfectly happy to pay this, and will keep paying this... but it does sometimes pinch a little.

Noderunner runs out of my pocket, but donations certainly help to defray the $3168/year cost of keeping the domain going. Of all the Noderunner users, only one ever donates regularly; $10 every two or three months, which is appreciated. Seriously, though; if you use Noderunner, any of the games on Noderunner, any of the hosted sites, or whatnot, consider a PayPal donation.

You can do it to paypal@noderunner.net (business account) if you want the added security of a certified business account, though PayPal slurps a bit of the payment off in charges. Or you can donate directly on my personal PayPal account, sparks@noderunner.net, which is just a personal account but doesn't slurp a percentage.

This isn't a 'Noderunner is going away!' sort of thing, but it is a 'if you use the service, please consider tossing a few bucks towards the upkeep every now and then so I don't spend quite so much out of pocket on this' plea. ;)

Edit: Paypal does not allow free (i.e. personal) accounts to receive credit card payments because of the credit card transaction fee. If you want to donate to Noderunner by credit card directly instead of using a paypal account, you need to use the paypal@noderunner.net address; sorry, I hadn't remembered that earlier when I mentioned it. Info is here on PayPal's site.


Sparks, is it okay to donate even though I don't use any of the services?

-- ZC
Sure, though I'm not certain what the logic for that would be.

Though if you browse Nausicaa.net ever, or SlayersUniverse.com, that is using the services. :)
A friend in need? Does logic really need to enter into it? I mean, I understand where you're coming from; I kind of run domains for free, as well.

And I'm pretty sure I've visited or at the very least redirected many a person to Nausicaa.net to learn about Ghibli films.

-- ZC
They have four redundant backbone links, and I have two machines set up there with them. Each has 1000GB of bandwidth per month, though neither uses that much. (But it's damned nice to have the option, because we /do/ occasionally spike pretty high.) They have technicians on call 24/7, as well as a generator capable of powering the NOC for several days in the event of a power outage. They also manage the machines for me; I'm not doing colocated servers I built, I'm doing dedicated servers, which they upgrade with more RAM or disk space for me as needed, etc.

They are an absolutely wonderful colo place. And my fee for all of that is $130/month for each machine. But two servers = $260/month.
I lease a machine from them, too, and it's just $89 a month (same bandwidth, but a different machine and probably less monitoring). I cannot praise ServerMatrix enough.
You have slightly less monitoring, yes, and saga has considerably less 'oomph' than snafu or segfault. (Alas, that's really needed; segfault's about to start taking over some of the new services, because snafu's getting a bit overweight as it were.)
Hey, I was just about to throw Fastmail some bucks for backup MX, but I think I'd rather throw you the bucks if you were willing to do such a thing.... drop me a line if you are. @livejournal works if you don't have one of the other addresses...
My Paypal account is currently a bitch, but once that is up and running, schmitt and I will toss a donation your way.
I've actually been meaning to the past few weeks for Maddock. Sent now, thanks for the reminder! :)
Of all the Noderunner users, only one ever donates regularly; $10 every two or three months, which is appreciated.

I've been sending that much each month -- have the payments not been getting through?
I may be misremembering how often you do. You were the one I was thinking of, i.e., the only regular donation. ;)
It appears I owe you money, because I've used (and even have a link to in my LJ) nausicaa.net quite a bit.

I'm deeply embarassed to admit I can't offer you anything to ameliorate your expenses. I wish I'd known in 2003. I've been sort of using it for years.

As exiguous as this might seem, if there's anything I could offer you instead of cash, let me know.
Nah, I don't generally expect donations towards Nausicaa.net (though it is by FAR the most expensive of the sites; we've had to do data recovery on it once, and before we had this sort of bandwidth, it was the one that always generated overruns), save from the Ghiblink folks. Donations from users are /nice/, granted.

Though it is funny to think how far that site has come since Mike, Theo and I started it as a collection of a couple of summaries of the films, hosted on someone's server... or even how far it's come since we actually set up Nausicaa.net itself, originally on an old Linux box sitting under my desk.
Oh! Do... they help pay for the hard costs, then?

I'd like to help, nevertheless. If (and by that I mean when) the fambly biz becomes profitable finally, I'll send something along. (Probably by snailmail, since I don't use paypal). I just don't know when that would be.
I can offer cash now. But paypal is out. Got a P.O. box I can send money to?