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$320,000.00 per year in Freepathons, and they can't keep a server sunning?

FR down for 16 hours
    Vanity | 8/26/11 | nully

    Posted on Friday, August 26, 2011 11:13:47 AM by null and void
    Anyone get a visit from DHS?

    Not me, but I was out for a while..
    1 posted on Friday, August 26, 2011 11:13:48 AM by null and void

The wicked flee when no man pursueth.


To: null and void

    I went into hiding.
    2 posted on Friday, August 26, 2011 11:14:53 AM by RC2

    To: null and void

    I hid in my closet just in case the Feds showed up.
    3 posted on Friday, August 26, 2011 11:15:10 AM by animal172 (Expect 25%. Get 5%. I took a 20% cut.)

Aw, c'mon, you guys!
This is what you've been buying up all that ammo for!
This is what you stockpiled all those rotting MREs for!
This is your chance to prove that you ain't afeard of no FBI SWAT teams!!  WOLVERINES!!!!!!!

   To: null and void

    I had a perfectly sound reason to crawl under my bed and listen for helicopters, thank you very much. Has nothing to do with paranoia.
    10 posted on Friday, August 26, 2011 11:17:00 AM by Billthedrill
    To: null and void

    I was wondering why there were only three threads since 7:00 pm last night. No sign of DHS at my house. But the construction on our street makes it hard to get to.
    11 posted on Friday, August 26, 2011 11:17:40 AM by rwa265 (Christ my Cornerstone)

That's not construction.
They're tunneling in.

   To: null and void
    Anyone get a visit from DHS?

    The trick is to pull up the sod intact so you can put it back in place. Remember to pack the dirt tightly to prevent settling.
    20 posted on Friday, August 26, 2011 11:19:26 AM by Pan_Yan

...and then post about doing it on the very board the DHS is monitoring.
Funny once, funny twice, maybe funny always!
What to do, what to do?


How can we help Jim keep freerepublic robust? 26 August, 2011 | marktwain

    Posted on Friday, August 26, 2011 11:35:57 AM by marktwain

(I'm afraid I went off on old "marktwain" about using the name of someone he's not worthy to lick the boots of. Due to bad language constraints, the whole post is here)


 What can we do to help Jim Robinson keep freerepublic robust and online? Freerepublic is important to me and I am willing to pay to keep it up and robust. I believe that many other freepers believe this as well.

    I do not overstate things when I say that the health of freerepublic is essential to the health of the nation and the restoration of the Constitution.

Thank you, Captain Hyperbole!


Would it be worthwhile to create a backup fund for freerepublic to buy more equipment/bandwidth/alternate mirror sites?

    This is Jim's site, and I will certainly defer to his wishes, but if we can help with money, time, or expertise, let us do so.

    Jim has done an incredible job. I would rate him and freerepublic as worth about three Senators in effeciveness.

I give him a Tom Coburn and spot you three boy-toy pages, and that's being generous.

To: marktwain:
This site needs a complete overhaul. How about upgrading the site to something that resembles 2011, and not 1998?
4 posted on Friday, August 26, 2011 11:40:08 AM by Soothesayer9

Uh oh.


To: marktwain
    ...What can we do to help Jim Robinson keep freerepublic robust and online?...

    Besides contributing $80K per quarter?
    13 posted on Friday, August 26, 2011 11:45:17 AM by FReepaholic (Land of the free my @ss)

And here comes Jim Rob to shower them all with PERLs of wisdom, and explain away why their $320,000.00 a year can't keep a shitty database server breathing!

    To: marktwain

    Here is the answer to your question from Jim Robinson.

   To: paulycy; All
    Thank you all very much, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the system other than the fact that it runs on computers and that we run on a shoestring budget with no employees. It’s just me and John, Amy and Chris. I’ve been involved with computers since 1972 starting with the Univac and the IBM/360 and Digital’s PDP and VAX generations.

And they're all still working fine, except for the occasional 16-hour outage.

Amy got started a few years earlier. John started programming when he was 14 and was a commercial programmer by 16. He was our C+ guru when we were in the software business.

Which failed.

He introduced us to the Internet in the early 90’s before the browser had even been developed. I’ve been a programmer/analyst from the 70’s and also in programming/project management and data processing management and also owned my own software company.

Which also failed.

The one biggest thing we’ve learned in all these years is that computer systems have a tendency to crash.

Truly, you have a dizzying intellect.

And when the inevitable happens, we don’t panic. We troubleshoot, find the problems, fix them and go on. Been doing it for nearly forty years.

On the same Packard Bell 386.

There is nothing wrong with FR. It’s perfectly normal for systems to fail occasionally.

Especialy when I'm taking your hard-earned money and living it up in sunny California.

Now there are ways to make a system more bullet proof and to build-in back ups and redundancy, etc, so there is almost zero downtime for users, but these are usually reserved for critical operations. And that’s because they cost money. Lots of it.

So give me it. Your monies. All of them.

For example we only have one tech, one programmer, one hardware guy, one security guy, one operating system guru, one perl guru, one mysql guru, one all around computer guy and John is it.

I pay him $20K a year, and that only leaves $300,000.00 for me


He’s also our chief procurement officer and liaison with all vendors and suppliers and in his spare time he fills in as our research and development department. Dear old dad with 40 years experience in programming and managing legacy computer systems tries to join in and help but usually just gets in the way. John is a one man shop, he’s on call, on duty 24/7/365 with no vacations or holidays unless he carries a cell phone and lap top and he likes it that way.

    We could hire three or four guys to do what John does and we still couldn’t cover it 24/7/365

We could - just not for $20K a year.


and provide uninterruptible service. We’d still suffer downtime.

    We could also build redundant systems. But that just doubles the cost, doubles the maintenance and doubles or triples the capital requirements and ongoing expense. And unless they were located in different parts of the country on different providers, the redundant systems would not guarantee 100% uptime. Guess what? Even multi-million dollar fail-safe systems fail occasionally. Computers crash! It’s a fact of life and we deal with it every day.

So suck it up, you whiny little toadsuckers.

The rest here - Go read the whole thing, for bonus snark and pics, plus gratuitous Perry/Palin supporter slapfights.

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