Moving MeFi Serviers February 2, 2001 12:30 AM   Subscribe

So, um, the MetaFilter box may be moving soon. I can bring it home and host it off my DSL (upgrading the upload line to 384kbps), but it'll be slightly slower than the shared T1 we had at Pyra. If anyone has any ideas for budget rackspace or has some bandwidth to spare, let me know here or via email, thanks.

I'll give warning if/when it moves, but expect 24-48 hours of downtime when that takes place (and to the 15 other domains I host on the same box).
posted by mathowie (staff) to Uptime at 12:30 AM (14 comments total)

Actually, if anyone has great ideas on budget rackspace, please post 'em here -- I need some too.....
posted by aramaic at 6:31 AM on February 2, 2001

I have actually been thinking of buying a server with a couple of buddies to keep the costs down. I have about 10 domains of my own. Matt or (anyone else) interested in going in on a monthly server/bandwidth bill?

Btw, I have seen some decent deals at
posted by jasonshellen at 10:13 AM on February 2, 2001

We have a T1 that the box could ride on, but we're in Texas....
posted by Jeremy at 12:00 PM on February 2, 2001

I.. as it seems other people are, would be willing to lend my net access, but I'm in WA. I do own a couple dedicated servers in Connecticut that sit on an OC-3.. but I wouldn't have a box to run MSSQL on.. (If I did though.. I would be more than happy to fund the bandwidth they would take up..)

In the near future, my business will be getting something in the area of a dual-T1, off which we would happily host Mefi.. but again, It would take a trip up to Washington for you to get it all setup.. and I'm sure you will find someone else before you have to revert to that..

Best of luck..
posted by Dn at 2:05 PM on February 2, 2001

mathowie: Have you thought of running a MetaFilter Rackspace Fund? I'd pitch in at least $20...

Forget NPR and PBS, it's all about MetaFilter.
posted by Neb at 8:07 PM on February 3, 2001

Neb, the problem with rackspace is that it's hundreds of dollars per month.

I've actually taken a liking to They're barebones and not too expensive. Don't know how I'd do a monthly fund though.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:37 AM on February 4, 2001

Get someone to hack together a quick credit card site for you (I'm sure one of us would be happy to do it), and then people can pay up whenever they feel like contributing. I'd pony up a few Canadian dollars. :)
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 12:29 PM on February 4, 2001

I don't see a problem with encouraging voluntary donations. This is one of the few places on the web that people would be willing to pay a little to keep going. It reminds me of the donations that sysops used to accept in the BBS days.

$20 from 5% of the membership = approx. $3000

Just stick a Paypal logo on the Metafilter front page (or perhaps the MetaTalk front page).
posted by lagado at 3:35 AM on February 5, 2001

VHosting's price for a "dedicated lite" server is amazingly cheap for that kind of service ($200/month). Is there a catch?
posted by rcade at 8:08 AM on February 5, 2001

Don't know how I'd do a monthly fund though.

I don't know if a monthly fund would succeed, but I'm sure enough MeFites would be willing to pitch in to help cover the expenses of moving the server into a colocation enviroment and the first couple months worth of rackspace fees... Because, ya know, we love MeFi!
posted by Neb at 2:04 PM on February 5, 2001

And I bet some of the other sites which run off the same server (, wrongwaygoback, etc.) could help out in that respect. I have no more hosting connections, but we can create $$$. It's still a world after all! (p.s. Put Neale down for $200 ...)
posted by sylloge at 3:37 PM on February 5, 2001

I would be willing to give money. I used to be a member of the Well and paid $10 a month for that service. I got a cool email address but it was the forums that I was after.

It seems to me that with some of the innovations that you have planned here (read about some of it on that Metafilter has value.

posted by Brilliantcrank at 10:31 AM on February 6, 2001

I've got about 8 domains hosted through a rather unreliable server that I pay $25 a month for. I'm in charge of another 6 domains at work that I've just set up an account at to have there. All of these are low traffic sites.

If someone is going to set up a server, there is about $50 a month toward hosting that isn't going to use much bandwidth.

Currently I'm using some PHP / MySQL stuff, I'd be willing to switch over to a JSP / Servlet based host with a databse. If you put something together and would someone to share the costs with let me know.
posted by mutagen at 3:13 PM on February 6, 2001

I have 1 domain I pay about $30/mo for and another thats a piddle personal page.

I'de join if you offered: 1. cgi-bin (with perl) 2. mySQL 3. telnet/SSH access of some sort 4. ftp access of some sort. currently i use about 2Gb/mo transfer and need at least 120Mb.

PWA_BadBoy: PayPal accepts Credit Cards - you just need to turn that option on.
posted by Zebulun at 1:26 PM on February 8, 2001

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