Hi Jeremy,
Please write me offlist. I've got some ideas on servers and some
questions that might be of benefit.

Thanks.
Dave.


On 7/17/11, Jeremy Kaldobsky <jer...@kaldobsky.com> wrote:
> I'm definitely going to use your idea Dark.  Those of you who have been
> playing Castaways multiplayer, have probably already noticed that the
> welcome message thanks Mr. Viktor Kratz for sponsoring the day.
>
> Determining an exact cost is tricky, simply because I lack the equipment to
> measure the energy costs, but I have some pretty good estimates.  I already
> had all of the parts, in my basement, to put together a dedicated server.  I
> have no problem running that server 24/7 as long as I can afford to pay for
> the electricity.  Now I know what you're thinking, how much could it
> Possibly! cost just to keep a computer tower running in your basement?!
> And, how could that be something you worry about affording?!  Well, lol, if
> you've ever heard me mention I'm poor, I wasn't exaggerating Hahaha!  With
> the power costs in my area, and the average estimations for what this
> hardware draws, it will cost between $0.30 and $0.60 per day to run.  That's
> pretty cheap, but that extra $10 to $20 on my monthly electric bill would
> put me over budget.  When you take paypal fees, and the 80 cent maximum
> range into consideration, I think it's pretty safe to say that each $1
>  donation covers the server for 1 to 2 days.
>
> Please let me know what you guys think of this idea, but my plan was to take
> each new donation, and have it mark days on a calendar showing the days that
> particular person had paid for.  When people sign in to the multiplayer
> game, they will see who funded the entertainment they are having for that
> day.  It might be a nice way to thank those people who are supporting
> things.  The only down side, is that with this system, some people can
> donate but not see their name for months!  The next, unpaid, days could be a
> ways down the road.  Any ideas?
>
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