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Charles Kozierok
01-03-2002, 08:56 PM
Hello everyone and Happy New Year! It's been a while since I wrote an update, so here it is. There are a few things I want to talk about.

First, thanks again to everyone who participates here on the Forums and helps continue to build our fine community. You folks are what make this place what it is.

The Forums run on The PC Guide's dedicated server, which is hosted by the fine folks at pair Networks (http://www.pair.com). The server is a few years old and had an 8 GB hard disk in it. Due primarily to the growing forums, this disk was 94% full and I would have had to start archiving (moving off-line) some of the content. Since a drive that small is also fairly old, I talked to pair and they agreed to upgrade the drive to a 20 GB model as a courtesy. So the disk is now only 38% full, and it should be a bit faster as well. The guys at pair are really great, and they have been instrumental in helping keep the site going. So if you are looking for a web hosting site, please consider pair, and tell them I sent you. This is one way you can get yourself a good provider and help support the site at the same time. (As you know, I don't make recommendations lightly.)

The server itself is a 350 MHz Pentium II. It's getting up in age, but for the most part, still acquits itself quite well. I realize that folks occasionally get server errors, so I am considering the possibility of an upgrade to the machine as a whole. It's unclear yet whether this is feasible, and what it will cost.

Which brings me to my next subject. A number of months ago, a few people suggested that I implement a "Tip Jar" for those who want to make donations to the site. I was reluctant, thinking this would appear "cheesy" or "desparate", but I realized that I am being silly. There really are costs associated with keeping the forums working well, and furthermore, I understand that some of you want to contribute to the site financially. I am also hopeful that some of the non-regulars who come here and benefit from the time and effort of the folks here, may want to make a contribution -- consider how much time and money the help here may save those with a problem.

I recently switched to a new system that allows me to accept credit card payments without requiring me to manually process each transaction. This makes the Tip Jar idea much more feasible than it was before, and I will be implementing this feature at some point in the near future. It will of course be entirely voluntary, and confidential. I do not expect anyone to pay just to use these forums, especially the regulars who make the place what it is. But the jar will be there for those who want to use it -- and I thank those who will contribute in advance.

I also at this time must apologize for my "disappearing act" regarding the enhancements to the forums that I promised to make many months ago. I will be rectifying this by doing some changes to the forums based on feedback from everyone here. Please see the related thread in the Suggestion Box (http://www.pcguide.com/cgi-bin/forumdisplay.cgi?action=topics&forum=Suggestion+Box&number=4&DaysPrune=1000&LastLogin=) forum.

That's it for now. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif Feel free to respond to this thread here. Thanks again everyone.

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[This message has been edited by ixl (edited 01-03-2002).]

bassvax
01-03-2002, 09:23 PM
Kudos to you Site-Bossman http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

I don't think anyone is upset by you be gone for a while...you gots a new kid in the world and there ain't nothing any more important than that.

I'm glad your gonna set up the Tip jar http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

And yes, thats seems nice of Pair to upgrade the HD...Thanks Pair http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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Paleo Pete
01-03-2002, 11:17 PM
Glad to see the head honcho again!

I think the Tip Jar idea is pretty good, I hope it works out. the idea has been discussed a bit here on the forums and on IRC a bit, in general most of the comments have been positive.

My thanks also to Pair, sounds like a great company.

38% full...hmmm...that means we can fit about 6000 more members' questions on it. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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bassman
01-03-2002, 11:57 PM
WAAAAHOOOOOO, success! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
I only hope my pestering everybody here (along with the others who helped me) wasn't in vain. I think a Tip Jar will be a very welcome addition to this wonderful place.
Glad to see you back IXL. Hope you can stick around for longer times now http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/cool.gif

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Whyzman
01-04-2002, 12:31 AM
Yes Bassman, thank you for your diligence and persistence...you are deserving of kudos for your leadership and success in your endeavor...

And, Thanks!! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif

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mjc
01-04-2002, 02:15 AM
Well, that sounds good....and great to se you are back. I like the tip jar, I really would like a t-shirt (hehe).

I have looked at Pair and it is a big yes for any hosting needs I may come into......good prices and great service (as evidenced by this site), and besides, with the glowing report from the boss, why not.

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BigBlue66
01-04-2002, 01:37 PM
I think instead of a tip jar for this year, we should all pool our resources, time and talents and build a smokin server for Charles.

Whatcha think?

BB 66


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bassman
01-04-2002, 02:57 PM
Yesssss! Where is Pair located and who is the closest to them??
I will contact them and get the details an form factor and what-not. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/cool.gif

edit:They are in Pittsburgh PA. I have e-mailed them and awaiting response.

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mjc
01-04-2002, 03:35 PM
Me...and yep they are in Pittsburgh (home of the SuperBowl Champion Steelers..hehe I couldn't resist)

My thoughts too, I was just about to get off here and give them a call......still will...

Oh well no number to call.....I guess I'll wait and what you come up with Bassman...
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Charles Kozierok
01-04-2002, 08:49 PM
Hey folks http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

Appreciate the kind gesture on the server but... it's a bit more complicated than that. Can't really build a server and send it to them, modern hosting services just don't work that way. Best to leave it to me to negotiate with them on this one. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

Take it easy.

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Paleo Pete
01-06-2002, 10:17 PM
Thought I'd get this one back on top.

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