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Message 2025810 - Posted: 1 Jan 2020, 1:00:35 UTC - in response to Message 2025809.  
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Great work everyone. Why not keep the fundraiser open for the remainder of the two week period for any other hardware items that are needed?


It is... just unlike the drives we don't know what it will be for. :^)
Any donations are always welcome. And always required. The SETI@Home year-end fundraiser to "keep the lights on" continues...
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Message 2025815 - Posted: 1 Jan 2020, 1:06:48 UTC

Great work everyone. Why not keep the fundraiser open for the remainder of the two week period for any other hardware items that are needed?

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Kudos to Mr. Kevvy for organizing the fundraiser and stepping up as usual. Proud to be a member of the GPUUG team.
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Message 2025816 - Posted: 1 Jan 2020, 1:07:04 UTC - in response to Message 2025810.  

Great work everyone. Why not keep the fundraiser open for the remainder of the two week period for any other hardware items that are needed?


It is... just unlike the drives we don't know what it will be for. :^)
Any donations are always welcome. And always required.

I see.
I wonder if you explain the situation to Amazon (or who you choose to use) whether or not they would give you the drives at a slightly discounted price? Assuming they are not still on special when you purchased them.
I would like to see the look on their face when an order of that size comes through. Perhaps they deal with these size orders on a regular basis.
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Message 2025828 - Posted: 1 Jan 2020, 1:40:59 UTC - in response to Message 2025816.  
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I wonder if you explain the situation to Amazon (or who you choose to use) whether or not they would give you the drives at a slightly discounted price? Assuming they are not still on special when you purchased them.
Bulk orders generally get a better deal than one offs (although for this class of hardware, bulk orders would often be for several hundred at a time).
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Message 2025830 - Posted: 1 Jan 2020, 2:00:38 UTC
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I can see that the donation requirement was already met but I'm happy my donation will go to something useful. Maybe you should have kept it open for a while longer. Most people, including me had no time to even react. Just read about it right now in BOINC. Anyhow. I do think this request is "sexy" lol. I think it's a great request and it seems that a lot of people are happy to pitch in. Don't be afraid to ask for these things in the future. I do think this project is important and I've been following SETI and been a member since 2000 when I read about it in a Swedish computer magazine.
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Message 2025831 - Posted: 1 Jan 2020, 2:02:35 UTC
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Glad to hear the fundraiser has met its goal! I would like to donate as well. However, isn't UC Berkeley charged a small fee with a credit card payment? I know I sound older than I am, but I'd be happy to mail a check to make the donation stretch a little more.

Also, according to PCPartpicker, Newegg has the drives for $407/ea, but you're only limited to 20.
Edit: Also has free shipping!
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Message 2025843 - Posted: 1 Jan 2020, 3:04:34 UTC - in response to Message 2025831.  

It takes up to a month to collect and turn in check donations to Seti@home. From my personal experience in past donation years. Much faster transactions are possible with a credit card. Check donations not recommended unless absolutely necessary because of lack of credit cards or country restrictions.

And yes, credit card issuers do make their profit by snagging 3-4% off each transaction that vendors process. But I am sure that the level of transactions that the entire UC system processes daily for all the students probably means they already have a very low rate anyway.
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Message 2025847 - Posted: 1 Jan 2020, 3:22:19 UTC - in response to Message 2025584.  

Add another $50.00 to that via the GPUUG portal. Thanks for hosting that. Would appreciate a look at using Apple Pay as a method of payment soon though.

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Message 2025851 - Posted: 1 Jan 2020, 3:55:35 UTC - in response to Message 2025843.  

And yes, credit card issuers do make their profit by snagging 3-4% off each transaction that vendors process. But I am sure that the level of transactions that the entire UC system processes daily for all the students probably means they already have a very low rate anyway.


More concerning to me is the Tax issue, which is at least twice that of the payment processors. State run schools should be tax exempt for such things. Perhaps that was just an oversight in the initial announcement, but we shouldn't be using donations to pay for taxes.
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Message 2025852 - Posted: 1 Jan 2020, 3:58:28 UTC - in response to Message 2025584.  

Just a suggestion...

Amazon Prime has the same drives for $408.00 each.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Seagate+16TB+HDD+Exos+X14+7200+RPM+512e%2F4Kn+SATA+6Gb%2Fs+256MB+Cache+3.5-Inch+Enterprise+Hard+Drive&i=electronics&ref=nb_sb_noss

If you add up the savings on 26 drives ($286) , that'd cover tax and shipping, with some left over to cover a portion of the cost for one of the hot swap spares.

Sorry, but after Christmas I'm broke.
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Message 2025860 - Posted: 1 Jan 2020, 4:41:19 UTC

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Message 2025864 - Posted: 1 Jan 2020, 5:01:51 UTC - in response to Message 2025860.  
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We all do what we can. A larger contribution doesn't mean a better contribution.
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Message 2025878 - Posted: 1 Jan 2020, 10:30:09 UTC - in response to Message 2025584.  

Hope it helps ...

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Message 2025885 - Posted: 1 Jan 2020, 13:35:08 UTC

give 50$ >506591
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Message 2025927 - Posted: 1 Jan 2020, 22:12:25 UTC

wow that was over fast, I "just" got the notification.
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Message 2025995 - Posted: 2 Jan 2020, 10:19:45 UTC - in response to Message 2025927.  

Well it was for only 11k, and lots of folks would be spending the Christmas money.
As Mr Kevvy says, the price he's quoted is based on the best price he could find on Amazon, but excludes delivery and taxes. Also there will be charges over-and-above the normal while the data is transferred from the old mountain of discs to the new mole-hill and these will depend on how the transfer is done (do the stick the new array into the rack alongside the old one and do it all locally; or what?). And of course time for Eric/Jeff/AnOther to actually build, the array, configure the databases and look after the transfer.

Just keep on giving as anything above the hardware cost will go to the project to cover these additional costs and the general running cost of the project.
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Message 2026027 - Posted: 2 Jan 2020, 23:40:41 UTC

Gave $25 506663
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Message 2026035 - Posted: 3 Jan 2020, 0:07:55 UTC

Being retired & on a fixed income, I could only give a small amount. Hope it helps.

P.S. The Berkeley donation webpage requires a donor to select the type of credit card, even though that can be easily determined from the card number. In fact, I remember coding that (in COBOL) on an IBM 3090 mainframe about 20-some years ago. You'd think somebody at Berkeley would have the computer smarts to implement such code. Or maybe they could get help from UCSD -- they have a good computer science program there.
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