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Re: hort.net update

Thanks for the update.  Two things I noted:
1.  No labor charges!  Wow!  Do you do plumbing?
2.  The fund total appears to be larger rather than smaller.  You do know
you are supposed to take money OUT of the fund to pay for these things,
don't you?

Thanks for everything; we truly appreciate your generosity.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Christopher P. Lindsey" <lindsey@mallorn.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2004 11:49 PM
Subject: [CHAT] hort.net update

> Hi everyone,
>    Wow, it's hard to believe that it's been six months since I asked
>    everyone for help with the hort.net fund drive.  By now, you're
>    probably wondering how it went!
>    Well, the vacation in Tahiti was great, thanks!  :)
>    OK, that's probably not funny.  Seriously, we've been working hard to
>    make things better, and true to form it's taken longer than I expected.
>    There have also been some growing pains along the way, but I appreciate
>    your patience as we worked out the bugs.
>    Here's what we've done so far:
>       . The main Web server was upgraded to a much faster machine.
>         I replaced the motherboard, processor, memory, and hard drive.
>         The end result is that search functions and more complicated
>         page displays are significantly faster than before.
>         COST:  $600
>       . Using parts from the old Web server, I was able to upgrade the
>         email server as well.  I would ultimately like to upgrade the
>         mail server to the same type of machine as the Web server, but
>         the funds aren't there yet.  Still, email should be faster, and
>         now all incoming and outgoing email has the added benefit of
>         virus scanning.  The old mail server wasn't fast enough to do
>         but this upgrade should prevent viruses from going out to any of
>         the lists.
>         COST:  FREE
>       . I purchased a new, large, rackmount case for the main file server.
>         Right now we have what's known as a JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks)
>         serving the data with a copy of everything made nightly to
>         another large disk.
>         We would like to switch to a RAID5 setup -- this writes data in
>         a manner that allows for the loss of a hard drive without any
>         data loss at all.  This new case is large enough and beefy
>         enough to handle up to ten hard drives (most of which we already
>         have), so data security will be better with less downtime.
>         In essence, if a drive fails now I can fix things manually and
>         copy over the data to a new drive.  With the new setup a drive
>         failure won't impact the system at all and it can keep running
>         without my intervention.
>         COST: $250
>       . I also purchased a backup power supply for the Web server (the
>         other servers already had one).  Lately the power grid around
>         here has been experiencing ten second blips which would knock
>         the machine out of commission.  This fixes the problem, so short
>         power outages are now a non-issue.
>         COST: $150
>       . The biggest change coming up involves our Internet connection.
>         We're changing upstream providers to provide a connection with
>         twice the speed with a lower monthly cost.  I can't reveal
>         details as per our contract, but our monthly expenditures will
>         be significatly lower.  However, there will be a one month
>         overlap period when we transition from our old provider to the
>         new one, so we'll be paying twice for the same month at one
>         point.  There may also be installation fees, although this should
>         all be recouped by the end of the year.  The projected monthly
>         savings are what allowed us to purchase new equipment as well.
>         COST:  unknown
>    What I'd still like to do:
>       . Put the mail server into a rackmount enclosure       $250
>       . Upgrade the mail server                              $500
>       . Upgrade the SQL/file server                          $500
>       . Buy rails for three rackmount systems                $170
>       . Buy more disk so that people can upload photos,      $300-$500
>         etc. (we currently have about 200GB of data)
>    Thanks again for all of your help so far!  We can, of course, always
>    use more funds to do bigger and better things, so the fund drive is
>    still open.
>       http://www.hort.net/funds/
>    Also, once all of our hardware upgrades are finished, I'll be asking
>    you questions about what features we should work on improving first
>    at hort.net.
> Chris
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> Support hort.net -- join the hort.net fund drive!
> http://www.hort.net/funds/

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