NOTES ON THE PROCESS -Open For Business
I have just cancelled the account on which BindleSnitch was being hosted, the one where we were operating at 200% of the file space we were paying for. We should now have full service restored. I didn’t bother to cross-check the two sites because it is just about impossible to do so manually.
The bad news is that we are already at 84% of the capacity of the new hosting contract. If and when we go over that maximum we will have to upgrade from 2 gigs to 4 gigs. This can be done without any interruption of service.
There is something of a con job going on here. The Ecosite Premium (the old hosting account) was a section on a shared server. The new hosting account is a VPN site, which is a virtual private server, which is a section on a shared server. All they really did was to move our files from one drive to another, hopefully faster drive.
So, back to normal. One hopes.
THE SITE APPEARS TO BE BACK IN FULL FUNCTIONALITY…BUT WE ARE ALREADY AT 84% OF THE CAPACITY FOR THE NEW SYSTEM.
This upgrade costs $39 a month, I think. There is one more step up at $59 a month that gives us 4 gigs of files instead of two. I am going to delete a bunch of my files, but that doesn’t really seem to affect anything.
Let me know if there are issues.
I will be giving all users the ability to delete their own files so that you can curate your own sections. Next week or week after.
WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF MIGRATING THE SITE TO A NEW SERVER, DO NOT POST OR COMMENT UNTIL THE MIGRATION IS COMPLETED
We – the Bindlesnitch users – are going to have to do one of two things: We have to cut down the number of posts in the archives to half or less, and then we will have to keep doing that, deleting older posts on a regular basis…only we have to delete the comments attached to the posts before we delete the posts….and that isn’t something that I can do alone. Everyone would have to curate their own accounts. That sounds like a real drag.
Facebook appears to be committed to accepting the enormous costs incurred by keeping its archives into perpetuity which is odd, because they could increase their net revenues by aging out older posts that no one ever drills down to. They could easily, for example, set posts to expire if they aren’t read after a certain length of time.
This is one of the problems with social media. There is so much material in the archives of the social media sites that huge server farms (running at a huge expense in terms of money, electricity and therefore pollution) are required just to store materials that no one will ever read again….but they do this because that information informs their algorithms with respect to the kinds of content that the social media operators serve up to their users.
The other option for Bindlesnitch is to bump up to the next level of service, and that is what I am about to do at more than double the current monthly carrying costs.
People have generously offered to contribute to the maintenance of the site, but I don’t really know how much I am actually paying now because there are some plugins that have to be repurchased once a year and I am not clear on those costs and won’t know what they are until I get the bills for them.
Bindlesnitch is not set up to accept contributions because it isn’t incorporated and doesn’t have a 501(c) 3. Incorporating and obtaining a 501(c) 3 are laborious and expensive activities. You, as potential contributors, cannot send money directly to the hosting company and the plug-in vendors, so you would have to send the money to me personally and then I would have pay those bills. You can’t even deduct those contributions as business expenses unless you make more than the cost of your expenses from the activity in which you are engaged, because that makes your activities hobbies, not businesses. Besides, I would also have to declare those contributions as income if you report them as business expenses.
You may have noticed that I don’t spend much time here. I have tried to do that but the immediacy of Facebook trumps the utility that Bindlesnitch offers. On the other hand, it takes additional skills to use Bindlesnitch and I am not willing to dumb it down to the point and shoot system (because it is actually harder to design a simpler system.
So, for the time being, at least, I am going to accept the financial cost to see if we get any better functionality. If the upgrade doesn’t solve the problems, then I think I might have to ask why we should keep this going. This is going to take a few days and requires a conversation with my significant other.
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