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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.


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.