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Message 1905465 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 2:18:53 UTC

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Message 1905469 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 2:51:31 UTC

I committed to $5,000 US for a sixth of the server when it was $30K... there's also about $10K for the other part and the server went up to $34K. I think I can add the extra to make it an even sixth. But due to my daily transaction limit I have to start matching now as everyone has been so generous. :^) We're well over halfway there in roughly half a day! Over $2,600 so far.

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I want all the icons please! 😀
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Message 1905471 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 2:54:32 UTC

We now have icons, but I should space them from the names. They also disappear for a few seconds every time Matt's script runs, but I'll fix that. Still need to fix the problem with Keith's donation page.
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Message 1905474 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 3:01:34 UTC
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You gave $250.00
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Maybe I can use a GPU once in awhile? :D
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Message 1905504 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 6:55:31 UTC
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On the Midnight Show (UTC), I see we have $1,430 in the collection plate already - I'm sure there's more in the reporting channel. [I think we had a buckshee $50 there before the fundraiser started]

So I'm nearly $3,000 down already. Brilliant! That's what it's all about! Keep up the good work.

The special icons and so on go on until 31st December, but let's see if we can crack this before Christmas. I'm off to bed now, but looking forward to seeing how much poorer I'm going to be by the morning.

I just wish that I could follow yours, Mr. Kevvy's and the Hanson family's example Richard, but I always seem to be paying out for cleaning up 1 of my kids' messes. :-(

Cheers.
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Message 1905529 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 9:27:43 UTC

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When i'm good i'm very good , but when i'm bad i'm shi#eloads better ;-) In't I " buttercups " p.m.s.l at authoritie !!;-)
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Message 1905533 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 10:00:42 UTC
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Hey I got another spinning Icon, love it to bits :-)))
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Message 1905534 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 10:01:10 UTC

Is it necessary to enter a specific set of words in the donation page for this money to go to the Parkes data fundraising rather than just the general SETI@home pot (e.g. "for the Parkes Data store server" in the 'Special Instructions for this gift' section) or is it just assumed that all current donations are for that purpose?
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Message 1905537 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 10:09:47 UTC

That is what I did, but I honestly don't know if it is necessary to do so.
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Message 1905540 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 10:15:33 UTC

Could we get an option in the forum preferences to turn off these special icons besides other people's names? All the moving ones take attention away from the message people have, especially when it's got the star turning one way and the fans on the videocard turning the other way. I can't seem to block these with my ad-blocker (uBlock Origin) without blocking all elements on the page.
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Message 1905542 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 10:22:57 UTC - in response to Message 1905534.  

Is it necessary to enter a specific set of words in the donation page for this money to go to the Parkes data fundraising rather than just the general SETI@home pot (e.g. "for the Parkes Data store server" in the 'Special Instructions for this gift' section) or is it just assumed that all current donations are for that purpose?
I think the plan is to treat all donations between now and December 31st as special fundraiser donations - so eligible for the new icons (and my matching funds) without any special action or wording on the donation page.

Obviously, if we exceed the target for the two specific machines, we aren't going to waste the extra on gold-plating the front panel or anything frivolous like that. I would expect Eric to review the specifications, and upgrade any parts that would contribute to making them faster, more reliable, longer-lasting or anything like that.

Beyond that, I assume that any further funds would go into the general pot for future needs - the most urgent of which is to hire extra staff to give Eric a break and a helping hand. He was already exhausted from spending 10 days nursing the science server before we launched this drive.
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Message 1905544 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 10:35:55 UTC

Looks like the results for the first 'Berkeley Day' (to midnight PST) are in, and assuming they include Mr. Kevvy's first matching payment, I make the new funds $4,431. Thank you all for a brilliant effort - so far. I make that nearly 80% of the way to the Parkes Data Store, and nearly ready to start on the development machine. Now all we need is a developer to use it :-)
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Message 1905548 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 11:02:15 UTC - in response to Message 1905540.  
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Could we get an option in the forum preferences to turn off these special icons besides other people's names? All the moving ones take attention away from the message people have, especially when it's got the star turning one way and the fans on the videocard turning the other way. I can't seem to block these with my ad-blocker (uBlock Origin) without blocking all elements on the page.

Ad block plus removes individual elements

I agree it is distracting. I have none at all not even green stars
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Message 1905552 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 11:06:49 UTC - in response to Message 1905548.  

Ad block plus removes individual elements
I know Adblock Plus can block them. I no longer use it since they stopped blocking certain advertisements (like on Wikipedia).
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Message 1905555 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 11:17:47 UTC

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Message 1905561 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 11:43:32 UTC

Well done Mike. Ignore the bah humbugs, they always pop out at Xmas :-))

Over 80% of target, fantastic!
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Message 1905563 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 11:55:00 UTC - in response to Message 1905561.  

Over 80% of target, fantastic!
Only 80% of stage 1, the data store ;-)

We still have the development machine to work on, and I'd love to see a contribution to staff costs, too.
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Message 1905577 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 13:34:25 UTC
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You gave $750.00
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I figure that's 10 disk drives after the donation matching :-)
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Message 1905580 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 13:45:52 UTC - in response to Message 1905534.  

Is it necessary to enter a specific set of words in the donation page for this money to go to the Parkes data fundraising rather than just the general SETI@home pot (e.g. "for the Parkes Data store server" in the 'Special Instructions for this gift' section) or is it just assumed that all current donations are for that purpose?


I am pretty sure that during the campaign all the donations collected from anywhere are going towards it.
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Message 1905590 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 14:15:04 UTC - in response to Message 1905542.  

Is it necessary to enter a specific set of words in the donation page for this money to go to the Parkes data fundraising rather than just the general SETI@home pot (e.g. "for the Parkes Data store server" in the 'Special Instructions for this gift' section) or is it just assumed that all current donations are for that purpose?
I think the plan is to treat all donations between now and December 31st as special fundraiser donations - so eligible for the new icons (and my matching funds) without any special action or wording on the donation page.

Obviously, if we exceed the target for the two specific machines, we aren't going to waste the extra on gold-plating the front panel or anything frivolous like that. I would expect Eric to review the specifications, and upgrade any parts that would contribute to making them faster, more reliable, longer-lasting or anything like that.

Beyond that, I assume that any further funds would go into the general pot for future needs - the most urgent of which is to hire extra staff to give Eric a break and a helping hand. He was already exhausted from spending 10 days nursing the science server before we launched this drive.
Well, Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far, I think that this is going to be over with before Christmas at the rate it's going. And Richard, I'm with you, watching my getting poorer meter climbing feels quite good actually. And yes, my thought was that if we exceed the $ amount necessary to purchase the computers, the remainder will be spent on other necessary hardware that Eric deems appropriate, I totally trust his judgement with that one.

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