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"If FR dies, thatís that." - Jim Robinson [Jim's reply at post # 588]
freerepublic.com ^ | 1/11/11 | paulycy

Posted on 01/11/2011 5:28:06 AM PST by paulycy

FYI -

Here are statements from Jim about the future of FreeRepublic.com for those who missed them. They are quite serious.

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"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.] Don’t have the financial wherewithal."

"To those who wish to leave because of it, see ya."

"If FR dies, that’s that."

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[To: paulycy]

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.

It’s 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, there’s no going back. As it is, we get a couple thousand donations per quarter averaging about $30 bucks each and there’s no guarantees we can cover this quarter’s expenses much less next quarter. We’re 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 won’t solve it. [This latest glitch] was a technical issue and we just had to keep troubleshooting until we found it. And no, we’re 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 he’s pushing 40 now. He built these systems and he’s an expert in them.

And no, we are not going to throw out our software and rewrite it and no we’re 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 that’s for sure. And we don’t 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!! I’ll bow out and retire. Thankyouverymuch.

Hit it boys:

https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/

And no, we have no plans of taking FR commercial. I like it the way it is. Not sure I could handle getting rich.

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- Jim Robinson

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2653583/posts?page=168#168


TOPICS: Breaking News; Free Republic
KEYWORDS: blogpimp; defragthedatabase; fr; freepathons; freerepublic; future; glitch; ilovefr; jimrob; metmom; netizen; raid10
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To: Tennessee Nana

I’ve only got 6!


1,581 posted on 01/13/2011 7:09:56 AM PST by Elsie ( Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: bert

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.


1,582 posted on 01/13/2011 9:17:36 AM PST by smith288 (Peace at all costs gives you tyranny free of charge)
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To: Elsie

youz not as cool !!!

:)


1,583 posted on 01/13/2011 10:10:30 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Vanders9; paulycy; Jim Robinson

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.


1,584 posted on 01/13/2011 11:28:34 AM PST by tarheelswamprat
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To: paulycy

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?


1,585 posted on 01/13/2011 2:54:43 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: Elsie

[I said that last night, too - good luck to you!]

I did, I did go on to bed, lol. I’d had enough.


1,586 posted on 01/13/2011 3:55:00 PM PST by potlatch
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To: DJ MacWoW

1,587 posted on 01/13/2011 4:02:07 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus - Domari Nolo)
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To: Tainan
LOL!!!

I miss Calvin and Hobbs!

1,588 posted on 01/13/2011 4:05:34 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: mel

I can stand banner ads. It’s the popups that drive me nuts!


1,589 posted on 01/13/2011 4:28:00 PM PST by Melinda in TN
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To: DJ MacWoW

AMEN!


1,590 posted on 01/13/2011 4:41:56 PM PST by Elsie ( Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: DJ MacWoW; Tennessee Nana; Zakeet

1,591 posted on 01/13/2011 4:43:29 PM PST by Elsie ( Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

LOL!!!!


1,592 posted on 01/13/2011 4:46:08 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: Elsie

I like that Nana

:)


1,593 posted on 01/13/2011 4:48:59 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Melinda in TN

Aren’t they awful!. And those ones you can’t get rid of.


1,594 posted on 01/13/2011 5:12:13 PM PST by mel (I DONATE to FR monthly...Do You?????)
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To: Quix
My personal favorite

was SCROLL!!

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...

1,595 posted on 01/13/2011 11:15:52 PM PST by Don W (I keep some folks' numbers in my 'phone just so I know NOT to answer when they call...)
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To: Don W

It wasn’t very practical to have it running around loose, though.

We have enough sheer frustration with the libs!


1,596 posted on 01/13/2011 11:57:56 PM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Quix

I kinda miss MARQUEE..............................................................................


1,597 posted on 01/14/2011 7:15:38 AM PST by Elsie ( Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: DJ MacWoW

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.


1,598 posted on 01/14/2011 10:06:55 AM PST by NCjim ("You can't pick up a turd by the clean end", Bob Lonsberry on Obamacare)
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To: NCjim

I also have a traditional cord phone for use during power outages.


1,599 posted on 01/14/2011 10:10:39 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: NCjim

Not if you fall off the barn roof with no one else home.


1,600 posted on 01/14/2011 10:38:54 AM PST by Elsie ( Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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