Hi Everyone

I am not much of a programmer yet. I just sit in the background watching 
you folks....

I sell used laboratory equipment. I am always scanning the auctions 
looking for liquidated equipment to buy. There are often I.T auctions 
too. If you wanted me to watch for a server and report back, I can, if 
so to whom?

With laboratory equipment the liquidated value is about 5-40% of the new 
equipment. A item that is $500 new might sell for 5% of that, a $40K 
item might sell for about $20-25% and a 100K item might retain 40% of 
it's. These are just rough estimates.

I don't deal in I.T equipment but I would imagine it would devalue 
faster then laboratory equipment. I don't know what the budget is but 
$800-1000 would probably buy a real kick-ass server.

Just let me know if I can help-Patrick

Sven Neumann wrote:
> Hi,
> the GIMP project has a steady flow of donations coming in. Not much, but
> the amount has increased since the 2.4 release was made and since the
> gimp.org website features the "Make a Donation" button more prominently.
> Until now we have spent this money mainly on the annual GIMP developers
> conference which has taken place at the Library Graphics Meeting in the
> last years. We have also spent a small amount of money on hardware (if
> Yosh ever collected this money at all).
> I think this is good and we should continue to use the money in this
> spirit. We urgently have to get new hardware for ftp.gimp.org and the
> next LGM is coming. But I estimate that we should have some money left.
> So let's discuss how to use it.
> I would like to propose that we use it to bring GIMP developers together
> in an effort to motivate people to work on the tasks that are important
> to bring GIMP ahead. I can imagine that it would help a lot if someone
> who wants to work on a larger feature gets a chance to meet with Peter
> and Kamila to discuss the user interaction. And to talk to Mitch to get
> some hands-on tips on the code that will have to be touched. Or if a
> handful of documenters could meet for a weekend to improve the user
> manual. Or if GIMP and GEGL developers could get together for a few days
> to get the integration going.
> Conferences are often too packed to actually go into details or to work
> on the code. They are important, but I think it would be nice if we
> would also be able to fund some smaller meetings that focus on getting
> work done. What do you think? How could this work in practice?
> Sven
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