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[aprssig] More on the findU server issue...

Gerry Creager N5JXS gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Thu Sep 22 02:06:25 UTC 2005

Based on the reliability of the servers we've gotten from Supermicro, 
I'd not necessarily recommend a Dell machine.  Also, dollar for 
performance, I'm now recommending larger SATA drives over the 146 GB SCSI.

Let me talk to my vendors and see what we can come up with.  $7K is more 
than I'm paying, generally for better dressed dual Opterons.

Also, I *strongly* recommend Centos 4.1 over RHEL.  Same code, same 
performance, no maintenance fees.  We're competent to help with 
management during the learning curve.

I apologize for the lack of admin time.  I've had job duties change over 
the last 18 months and I've been up to my eyeballs in my day job. 
Again, sorry.  That's all I can offer.  That, and a big pipe in a decent 
data center environment that's not likely to go away...


Steve Dimse wrote:
> I'm very sorry for the timing of the server move with a Cat 5
> hurricane threatening. I'm also sorry for needing to say that it was
> going to happen at any moment for the last three weeks, and for the
> fact that the current server is so woefully underpowered for the
> current findU needs.
> With my new career starting October 24, I will have the time to
> administer the second server, something I have had to step in and do
> any time it was needed anyway. What I won't have is the money to pay
> for a new server.
> Pricing the needed server at Dell currently, a PowerEdge 2850, Red Hat
> ES, dual 3.6 GHz Xeon with 6 GB memory, and three 146GB drives in a
> RAID 5 array, a server roughly double the present primary server
> capcity, will cost a bit over $7000 with tax and shipping.
> Presently I have just over $2500 in my server fund from contributions
> and google adsense earnings. I'll pledge another $1.5k from future
> earnings from AdSense over the next year, which leaves roughly $3k
> more from APRS users (another thank-you to those already
> contributing). If you want to see findU have a capable backup server,
> you will need to contribute that much money. You may use the donate
> button on the find.cgi or wxpage.cgi pages (if you can get through),
> or PayPal donations directly to
> k4hg at tapr.org
> It feels awkward to need to put the squeeze on my users, but after
> putting out an average of $4k a year myself for servers, with an
> income of $23k/year I'm just not able to do that any longer.
> Ranger Steve K4HG
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