I have been meaning to put out another periodic call for donations. The last donation thread from May 2019 came alive recently so I think I should do another one officially now
Here is the approximate monthly cost for the 18 months from May 1 2019 to November 1 2020:
Linode (the Growingfruit server) : $50
AWS (picture storage): $75
Mailgun (emails): $6
The Linode price is a constant $50 whereas the AWS varies on usage. It is $100+ in the summer and half that in the dead of winter. Mailgun was around $2/month, but now it is around $12/month - they changed their pricing plan. $6 is the average of the last 18 months but it will be around $12 in the next round. Mailgun sends all the notifications you get in email. It used to be pretty cheap but it is getting harder to reliably send email so it is costing more.
Anyway for the last 18 months that is a total cost of around $2350. We were around $2000 in the black after the last fund raising round in May 2019 (see Cost report and call for donations). So, currently we are around $350 in the hole.
Please send your donations to my Paypal account: email@example.com. If you use the “friends and family” option there is no surcharge so please use that. The next call for donations will be when the money from this call runs out.
While Paypal is easier, If you would prefer to send a check or cash that will also work. Here is my address.
Thanks for your support, again!!