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#1 Hal

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 09:33 AM

I just had a thought while I was altering the Donations Block to the left that I really should make some kind of record of the people who make donations to keep the site online. It goes without saying that the backbone of the support for the site comes from the Patrons (who are just superb) but the slack is taken up by the people who choose to click the little donation button.

I have to pay the server fees today and I am much happier when we have had a good run on the Donations block. It also means that this month we should be able to afford a new hard drive for the server so that we can organize to have more thorough back ups than we currently have.

So - from this point forward I am going to be copying the list of donations into this thread and making it sticky so everyone can see who is helping out :)

August Donations

Eeyore (x2)
Martimus
Isis
Mechascorpio
Fox
Evilosity
Goat
Thranduul
Tengu

Thanks to you all :)

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#2 Hal

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 01:08 PM

September Donations

Jinx
Chuck Horne
Martimus
Fox
Torque
Eviltwinof_Tom
Gelthoth
Anonymous

Thanks to all the above who donated this month - I know it was a slow month for releases due to the hurricane and me having to catch up on work so thanks for the continuing support!

Cheers
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#3 thad

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 11:04 PM

Hi Hal,

Just wondering, how does this compare with the Patron's continual donation? (As in, what does that go to if not keeping RPGMP3 running?)
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Posted 02 October 2008 - 09:31 AM

Thad,

Hal is using the excess to single-handedly bailout the finance industry in the U.S.

Just kidding, but Hal could solve the world's problems and do so using Splug's voice.
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#5 Hal

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 10:07 AM

Hey there :)

The site is kept online by a combination of the Patron subscriptions (which make up the body of things) and the donations block. The donations block provides the solid base which guarantees that we have enough money to keep the lights on.

We have performed some upgrades to the server lately - the most notable of which was lifting the bandwdith cap that was killing us with overage fees. This has allowed us to traffic up to 1TB each month with ease but sadly it is far from cheap.

Anything that is left over each month is saved in the Paypal account and put towards upgrades. At the moment I am saving for a new backup hard drive for the server as we are approaching capacity of the existing on. Unfortunately because we are no co-location (ie. own the tech bits in the server), we are forced to pay the hosting prices (or add monthly cost) for the drives. The cheapest drive our host offers is $300.

Its a pretty slow process but we are getting there and will soon have a nice backup drive. Then comes the saving for a new main drive (which may cause a couple of hours of downtime when it is installed).

Hope that explains a little about how and why we have the donations set up the way we do. Thanks for being interested without the continued support of the Patrons and the other members that donate the site would likely disappear in about 1 - 2 months.

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#6 Hal

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 02:58 PM

October Donations

Jinx
Fox
Lordof1
Tengu
AluminumCrank
Cooberry

Thanks to all who chose to support up this month :) I think we will be getting that new backup drive towards the end of November :)

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#7 Hal

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 10:20 AM

November Donations

Tails
Fox
Thad
Nightbird
Torgo

Thanks folks - I know things are starting to get a little tight and scary out there in the Real World ™

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#8 Hal

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 10:44 AM

December Donations

Anonymous
Arkilyd
Fox
Wolfsnap
Thing
Fictional Femme

A little late getting this one up :D

Thank you all - I know Christmas is a rough time for this sort of stuff! It is hugely appreciated!

Cheers
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#9 Hal

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 05:51 PM

January Donations

Martimus
Isis
philbass
Fox
Anonymous
Thunder

Thank you all for an excellent month coming out of the festive season. :)

Cheers
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#10 kafkonia

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Posted 07 February 2009 - 09:08 AM

Anything that is left over each month is saved in the Paypal account and put towards upgrades. At the moment I am saving for a new backup hard drive for the server as we are approaching capacity of the existing on. Unfortunately because we are no co-location (ie. own the tech bits in the server), we are forced to pay the hosting prices (or add monthly cost) for the drives. The cheapest drive our host offers is $300.


Hal,

I believe the boyfriend of one of my players runs a server farm -- would you like me to put you in touch with him to see if he can get you a better deal?
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#11 Hal

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 11:03 AM

Ooooh Server Farm. I missed this.

Always happy to look at the options :) Feel free to pass on my email.

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#12 Hal

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 11:04 AM

February Donations

Thunder
ThistledownJohn
Gunnerkrigg

Thank you all :) And into March we go.....

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#13 Hal

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:00 AM

March Donations

Fox
philbass
Vaeron
Martimus
Mbdr144
Dwarth

Thanks to everyone who donated. We have finally managed to upgrade the backup drive so that we have proper backups running and last month (March) we delivered the largest amount of data we have ever delivers.

1.6TB

Thats a vast amount of data people :) Keep it up!

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#14 Hal

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 10:32 AM

April Donations

Maliloki
philbass
Illiani
salvagebar
MelkiorWhiteblade
Harvo
Arkilyd
shadowhen

Thank you all for supporting the site and letting us reach our target once again :)

And once again we maintain our 1.5TB download. We have also been steadily building new users and new community memers as well as declocking loads of lurkers to get them active on the forums :)

Another good month folks. Keep it up :D

Cheers
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Posted 01 May 2009 - 10:36 AM

... declocking loads of lurkers...

Is that so they don't notice how long they've been on the site? :D
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#16 Hal

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 10:41 AM

Bah - stupid tiny netbook keyboard and my bad typing :P

DECLOAKING

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#17 Hal

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 06:50 AM

May Donations

Eagle
Corlath
Hughie
Vhesper
Gerall
Wordmoose
Agamemnon

Thanks to all the donations for this last month. I can't believe it is June already.

Cheers
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#18 Hal

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Posted 01 July 2009 - 07:10 PM

June Donations

And excellent month for donations. Thank you all so very much :)

Dhuras
JJames
Jodast
smithmeg

Cheers
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#19 Hal

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 11:11 PM

July Donations

majik455
Vaeron
Arkilyd
Anonymous

July crept off and August rolled around and I missed moving the donations on. Thanks to everyone who put something in the hat this time round. Missed the target for the first time in a little while but I guess it is just the summer slow down :)

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#20 Hal

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 07:31 PM

August Donations

Tails
Deltree
Dyreno
Thing

Thanks to the above lovely folks who helped us exceed our target for August. You are all lovely and good and keep the servers trucking and the lights on :)

Cheers
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