Donate to WoS

As we edge closer to the new site switching over, we are looking at additional features, storage and the future of WoS.

At the moment, the site takes up nearly 250gb - including the database size (approximately 2.5gb). This doesn't include books.

So, moving forward, we will be adding books next - these will be similar to the magazines pages, followed by software, hardware, and the rest of the old WoS data.

2018 will see us integrating the forums more into WoS. This means users will log onto WoS in general, and allow users to vote for software, comment on each database entry, as well as other goodies associated with personal accounts. We will also be integrating the majority of the forums into Infoseek. Add to this the language translations, text versions of scans and other work we are preparing for, there is a lot going on!

Finally, we are looking at lifting download restrictions as per old WoS.

At the moment, the server is rapidly filling up. We still have over 1tb files to process from publishers that have kindly donated images, games development documents and other material. A lot won't make it onto WoS, but this leaves us needing a bigger server. We would also like to replace the magazine pages with the new hi-res scans, but at the moment this isn't possible.

We have been asked several times over the years whether donations can be made, and we have always refused. However with the new data we can potentially add, this pushes the hosting price beyond a hobby price. Therefore, we are now accepting donations towards hosting.

Below is a list of possible servers. Clearly the more space we have the better the site will be.

In the event that funding is more than needed, we will look at what is left over and donate the remainder to either the national video games arcade, or the centre for computing history, or both depending how much is raised.

Please Note: If you wish to make monthly donations, please indicate this in the paypal notes so that we can calculate a yearly total.

live.worldofspectrum.org/donate
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  • The machines you specify as options seem to have an awful lot of computing power for what, from the outside, appears to be a fairly straightforward web and database server. All the commentary on the donate page suggests the actual requirement is storage space, much of which could be relatively cool. Are you sure you're not buying compute power just to get at the associated storage?

    Have you looked at all the options? Serving books and magazines directly out of, for example, Amazon S3, and storing your backups in their Glacier, would surely be vastly cheaper than these machine options?

    Not that I'm trying to teach Granny to suck eggs. :) I'm sure you know your stuff. It's just from the outside it's hard to see why these sorts of boxes match the WoS requirement.
  • The machines you specify as options seem to have an awful lot of computing power for what, from the outside, appears to be a fairly straightforward web and database server. All the commentary on the donate page suggests the actual requirement is storage space, much of which could be relatively cool. Are you sure you're not buying compute power just to get at the associated storage?

    Have you looked at all the options? Serving books and magazines directly out of, for example, Amazon S3, and storing your backups in their Glacier, would surely be vastly cheaper than these machine options?

    Not that I'm trying to teach Granny to suck eggs. :) I'm sure you know your stuff. It's just from the outside it's hard to see why these sorts of boxes match the WoS requirement.

    I don't get to build the machines - so yes, it's about storage.

    S3 is ok, but they also charge per download which gives an unknown bill monthly. It's also open to abuse (how about if a group of trolls continuously download files to up the bill?, several people open boasting about scraping the files? etc...), and there is the fact that we are opening up the files to anyone that wants to display them - particularly the images - hence the API usage.
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  • On request I've set up a patreon page too. I've updated the donate page with the link. You can also see the current running total which is awesome!
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  • Hello

    I've tried to make a donation though once PayPal redirects me to https://mobile.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_express-checkout ... site
    there is no more option to select Russia. Is that genuinely Paypal restriction?

    May be there are any other options?

    Rgds,
    Vadim
  • Vadim wrote: »
    Hello

    I've tried to make a donation though once PayPal redirects me to https://mobile.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_express-checkout ... site
    there is no more option to select Russia. Is that genuinely Paypal restriction?

    May be there are any other options?

    Rgds,
    Vadim

    Hi!

    I'm in Russia, and I paid yesterday through the PayPal with no problem. Try again with the website, not with mobile app if you used this.
  • edited June 2018
    Hi Duke,

    I tried via iPad, don't think that the point though will try via PC as well
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