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#1 Takumi

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 10:29 PM

Hi everyone

I'd just like to pass on a message of a friend of mine, the chap who kindly hosts this very forum and site for us. I'll update the tally as Chris relays it to me, and thank anyone who decides to donate in advance for their gracious offer.

DXhosting (previously Animebots) have been such excellent hosts these last 2 or so years that PIE has used them that I'm only too happy to help them reach this goal for a new platform.

Cheers

Stu / Takumi.



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Hi guys,

I'm laser, your loving sysadmin (which, in case you didn't know, means I run the PIE server, lovingly dubbed 'Mutsumi'). Mutsumi was a dual 933 MHz Pentium 3 with 768 MB RAM and a lovely 8 GB SCSI RAID array with a 30 GB system IDE disk.

Why do I say was? Well, about a fortnight ago, we had a random crash. I looked through the server logs and couldn't find anything weird or wrong. It just crashed with no hints as to why. So I shrugged it off as a one off thing and continued running the server like normal. The load on the server was roughly double what it normally was (running at 0.8 instead of 0.4/0.5 for you Linux people who understand loads), however the site's growing, the database must be getting busy. Still within limits though.

Then I noticed something weird today. The server only had one CPU. Now, as this is a dual CPU box, I'm sure you can guess something's wrong.

The box is getting old now, and we think it's time we retire it - especially if the hardware's dying. So this is where we ask you, our forum faithfuls, for donations towards the new hardware - if 20 of you donate 10, then that's 200 - well on our way at buying a semi-decent box off eBay. If 40 people donate, we can get a brand new Dell server. If more donate, well we can get a kick-ass Dual Xeon whatnot that'll keep us going forever. This is a one-off thing!

To donate, send a PayPal payment to chris.northwood@blueyonder.co.uk.

Thanks a lot guys, I'll greatly appreciate any donations received,

-- laser and the rest of the DXhosting admins.

#2 Chile

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 12:09 PM

Do we get a little gold star over here too? tongue.gif wink.gif

#3 Takumi

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 12:55 PM

Nah, it'd bollocks up the portal system heh.

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 01:03 PM

Im a yank... do you take paypal and US Dollars?

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#5 Chile

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 01:13 PM

QUOTE (Archbishop @ Feb 28 2006, 01:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Im a yank... do you take paypal and US Dollars?

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Paypal is accepted, link below:

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#6 Takumi

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 01:56 PM

Mighty kind of you Archie, my good man smile.gif

Aye, use that button on the site above, or just paypal to:

chris.northwood@blueyonder.co.uk

Again, immensely kind! Think he's up to 100 already or something, with quite a bit more pledged. Immensely generous.

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 08:02 AM

QUOTE (Takumi @ Feb 28 2006, 01:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Mighty kind of you Archie, my good man smile.gif

Aye, use that button on the site above, or just paypal to:

chris.northwood@blueyonder.co.uk

Again, immensely kind! Think he's up to 100 already or something, with quite a bit more pledged. Immensely generous.


I will also donate a few quid...

#8 MatrixCrawler

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 09:16 AM

Donated a few

#9 Takumi

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 09:18 AM

Outstanding smile.gif

As of yesterday afternoon, the pot is up to 238, with about 40 slowly working its way over via BACS transfer. Will keep you chaps updated.

#10 Nazgrel

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 11:04 AM

Just sent some of your so called quids to help the cause. smile.gif

Edited by Nazgrel, 03 March 2006 - 11:13 AM.


#11 Takumi

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 01:45 PM

Ace biggrin.gif

He's 100 short of the target figure, which doesn't include those donated today.

#12 MatrixCrawler

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 01:51 PM

And what is his target?

#13 Takumi

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 03:23 PM

I think it was 360+VAT, so 400 and something.

#14 Takumi

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Posted 06 March 2006 - 09:52 AM

Just to keep everyone posted, only 50 to go until the target is hit now.

#15 Takumi

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 01:34 PM

New server ordered. Thanks to everyone who helped!



#16 ethidium bromide

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 02:41 PM

checked my account balance today:( i'm afraid i won't be any help atm cash wise