As someone who set up a web site for enthusiasts (www.britcot.com) I
know what it is like financially and the expenditure of time. I
think Mark does an awesome job and his site is better than any other
that I have come across. What I like is that one does not have to
search through "forums" and no "signing on".
Mark..going to the site to donate - spend it on beer. If you can
find Charles Wells IPA - try it...it's excellent.
At 03:29 AM 12/6/2009, Mark J Bradakis wrote:
>Jim Juhas wrote:
>>Well, Mark, it's about that time that I should be sending you some
>>money anyway. I suppose I have no real control or influence over
>>how you spend it.
>Many years ago when I first had to move Team.Net from the U of U to my home
>I had the very first fund drive to help cover the expenses involved
>in running it
>here in the "Man Cave" as my sister-in-law calls it. A subscriber on one of
>the lists at the time ( way less than the 60+ now in place ) was
>asked something like "How do we know he won't spend it on his own cars or
>beer or something?"
>And another subscriber responded, and I wish I could find that email exchange
>somewhere. Basically he said "So what if he does?" His point was that as
>long as the Team.Net mail kept showing up every day, he was happy to pay
>a few bucks now and again to keep me happy and at keyboard doing what it
>takes to keep it flowing.
>I do spend most donations on the DSL and ISP bills and keeping the hardware
>working. Some contributors specifically require their funds to go into the
>Fat Chance Garage Tool and Beverage Fund, rather then Team.Net general
>operating accounts. ( Does that sound professional or what? )
>You might remember the fund drive in September regarding the
>whining disk and imminent failure. How many days since then have you
>been without Team.Net? Some times I do wish I actually kept a precise
>accounting of what I spend on monthly fees, hardware upgrades and such,
>as well as the exact amounts of donations that have come in over the years.
>Then taking that info coupled with an accurate measure of the hours per
>week I spend keeping it going, I could see what I am getting paid for doing
>this. Sometimes, though, I think that number might actually be negative.
>Maybe that's why I don't want to really do the math!
>Gee, I'm rambling off, my original intention for this reply was to justify the
>purchase of an MGB for MJB with donations. But of course, I don't think
>$12,500 is going to show up in Paypal or checks in the PO Box. $12.50
>maybe, but even that might be a long shot!
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