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Re: hort.net moving?


Ditto!

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Aug 14, 2006, at 3:18 PM, Jesse Bell wrote:

> Same here Chris...I'll gladly pour some money into the fund for  
> what you
> have "donated" and if I need to donate monthly or bi-monthly to  
> keep it
> going...just let me know!
>
>
>   Jess
>
> "Theresa W." <tchessie1@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>   Hi Chris-
> Well- I'm glad you are letting us know there are issues and kind of  
> wish
> you'd told us earlier. While donations won't fix the problem, I rather
> feel like donations are the least we can do the help reimburse the $2K
> you've "donated". For the long term, I think what ever is the easier,
> and least financially burdensome should be the choice. You'll know
> these things alot better than any of us. We certainly all can live
> easily with slower post times, etc. Also, we can work on sending
> individual messages/greetings, and some of the really Off Topic
> issues/opinions off-list to help save bandwidth. Any other suggestions
> of what WE all can do to help??
>
> Theresa
>
> Christopher P. Lindsey wrote:
>> Hi guys,
>>
>> I think I'm going to move hort.net to an offsite ISP in the coming  
>> months.
>>
>> As you know, I lost Heronswood as a customer this spring, so that  
>> took
>> away about $3500 in income. I now have another customer that pays
>> $2400/year that I have good reason to believe will go away, so that's
>> going to leave me in a big financial hole. As it is, I've paid $2000
>> out-of-pocket this year to keep the site running, but with a monthly
>> bill of $600 for the Internet connection it's going to keep getting
>> worse.
>>
>> I've been looking at colocation options where I can host a server on
>> another network for about $200/month. They'll manage the hardware for
>> me, but I'll be responsible for my own software installation and
>> stuff. I'll also probably drop many of the sites that I've been
>> hosting, so the main server use will just be for hort.net. Google
>> ads will pay for most of the cost and I've been doing some freelance
>> programming for the American Iris Society that will hopefully cover
>> the rest.
>>
>> There shouldn't be anything different service-wise and hopefully
>> the site will be a lot faster. The downside is that I lose a lot of
>> control over the network and system configurations and we're limited
>> to only one server, so if the processing speed isn't enough we're
>> out of luck. It may also turn out that this isn't feasible because
>> our site uses to much bandwidth and disk space.
>>
>> If anyone has any ideas or comments, please let me know or share them
>> with the list.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Chris
>>
>> P.S. I don't want to hear talk of donations and stuff. :) Although
>> appreciated, it would just be a temporary fix. We either need
>> more (self-sufficient) customers, a sponsor to pay for the site,
>> or some other plan.
>>
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