Skip to comments."If FR dies, thatís that." - Jim Robinson [Jim's reply at post # 588]
Posted on 01/11/2011 5:28:06 AM PST by paulycy
Here are statements from Jim about the future of FreeRepublic.com for those who missed them. They are quite serious.
"Well, I can say that there are definitely two things that will never happen. 1) Banner ads. 2) Oracle [a completely new database system.] And a third is a total replacement [of the current damaged system.] Dont have the financial wherewithal."
"To those who wish to leave because of it, see ya."
"If FR dies, thats that."
Hey, you want us to get an all new system with all new software and add a few more pricey techs, system programmers and database administrators to keep it all working 100% of the time 24/7/365? Well, start coughing up the big bucks.
Its going to take tens of thousands of donations and many with at least three zeros each after the comma to accomplish the task. And that would be EVERY month like clock work to make the payroll. Once you take on a big load of expensive overhead, theres no going back. As it is, we get a couple thousand donations per quarter averaging about $30 bucks each and theres no guarantees we can cover this quarters expenses much less next quarter. Were on a pay as we go system and we have zero employees.We just ask for enough to pay the bills.
Throwing more money at the problem wont solve it. [This latest glitch] was a technical issue and we just had to keep troubleshooting until we found it. And no, were not going to invite a bunch of strangers in to get their hands on our secure systems. John has been programming since he was 14 and hes pushing 40 now. He built these systems and hes an expert in them.
And no, we are not going to throw out our software and rewrite it and no were not going to move on to some other database system. There are no guarantees that any other system can do a better job and not without hiring a staff to build and maintain it and thats for sure. And we dont have the financial wherewithal to do any of that anyway. Maybe if we had a couple million bucks at our disposal and a couple years to do it in we could build an iron-clad system. And maybe not.
All I can say is, if someone else can do it better and cheaper, then please step right on up and get er done!! Ill bow out and retire. Thankyouverymuch.
Hit it boys:
And no, we have no plans of taking FR commercial. I like it the way it is. Not sure I could handle getting rich.
- Jim Robinson
I’ve only got 6!
I wrote an iPhone app that parses HTML and turns it into a readable app on the iPhone but I figure it would have been a no-no to make money on it.
youz not as cool !!!
Just checked back in and I see that the thread has finally wound down. I enjoyed our discussion and appreciate the effort you put into it. It is clear, however, that there is much more of a gulf between us than merely two chaps ‘divided by a common language’... /g
There are evidently some basic irreconcilable cultural differences between us in our understanding of the nature of freedom of choice and the proper role of government. I wish you well.
I whacked MY credit card the first day the latest drive was initiated. If EVERYONE would pony up, the only thing Jim would have to worry about would be the occasional technical glitch like the recent one. Wouldn’t THAT be nice?
[I said that last night, too - good luck to you!]
I did, I did go on to bed, lol. I’d had enough.
I miss Calvin and Hobbs!
I can stand banner ads. It’s the popups that drive me nuts!
I like that Nana
Aren’t they awful!. And those ones you can’t get rid of.
I remember one time it took nearly an hour for someone to catch the moment and stop the nonsense.
Good times. Pity it's been disabled...
It wasn’t very practical to have it running around loose, though.
We have enough sheer frustration with the libs!
I kinda miss MARQUEE..............................................................................
I keep a land line because if there is ever a need to dial 911 then you get it immediately and they know exactly where you are. With a cell phone you get the provider’s 911 service.
I also have a traditional cord phone for use during power outages.
Not if you fall off the barn roof with no one else home.
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