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faq:misc08 [2011/04/30 17:30] (current)
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 +[08] HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RUN SDF?
  
 +     So you're curious? ​ Well, hopefully you'll be more willing to
 +     ​donate if you know what it cost to run SDF.  I'm looking for
 +     ways to make this information a bit more public so that it will
 +     ​hopefully increase donations.
 +
 +     In the old days, when we had 9 telephone lines, the cost was
 +     ​relatively high.  GTE phone lines could be as cheap as $24 a
 +     ​month,​ but SWBell lines could be $9.99 a month. ​ How?  Because
 +     I stripped everything off even DTMF (touch tone) dialing! ​ But
 +     I still remember the nightmare of $380 a month phone bills.
 +
 +     ISDN was about $48 a month and would be later used to replace
 +     two analogue lines (an analogue phone line could run over a single
 +     B channel). ​ No real savings with GTE, but nonetheless was tried.
 +     So here are the rough numbers.
 +
 +     Old Old Days .. 1987-1989 ​
 +
 +     ​Basically $0, as Ted's mother covered the cost of the dedicated ​
 +     line (214-358-xxxx) and Ted got our first computer on his birthday
 +     from ComputerCraft in Dallas in June of 1985 for $1065.95. ​ A 5mb
 +     hard drive was purchased in 1989 prior to going with UNIX, but 
 +     again other than the IBM XT running briefly running citadel BBS
 +     ​Ted'​s mom covered the cost for the 386 20.
 +     (See http://​sdf.org/?​tour/​1985/​index)
 +
 +     Old Days .. 1990-1993 (when we went multiline):
 + 
 +     ​Rent: ​       $4200 a year 
 +     ​Phones: ​     $1344 a year  (four/five lines GTE)
 +     ​Electricity: ​ $180 a year
 +     ​Network: ​       $0 a year  (thank you Eric, Doug & Roy)
 +     ​-------------------------
 +     ​Total: ​      ​$6084 ​
 +
 +     ​1994-1996
 +
 +     ​Rent: ​       $5580 a year
 +     ​Phones: ​     $1320 a year  (nine/ten lines SWB)
 +     ​ISDN: ​        $576 a year
 +     ​Electricity: ​ $200 a year
 +     ​Network: ​       $0 a year  (thank you Eric & Aaron)
 +     ​-------------------------
 +     ​Total: ​      $7876
 +
 +     ​1997-2000
 +
 +     ​Rent: ​          $0 a year  (thank you MALR)
 +     ​ISDN: ​        $600 a year  (two phone lines GTE)
 +     ​DSL: ​        $3588 a year  (768k/256k)
 +     ​Electricity: ​ $230 a year
 +     ​-------------------------
 +     ​Total: ​      $4878
 +
 +     ​2001-2003
 +
 +     ​Rent: ​      ​$14436 a year  (includes circuit provision)
 +     ​DSL: ​        $3480 a year  (1.5mbit/​1.5mbit)
 +     ​Electricity ​  $360 a year
 +     ​-------------------------
 +     ​Total: ​     $18276
 + 
 +     2003 - 2009
 + 
 +     ​Rent: ​      ​$15300 a year  (includes multi-DS3 circuit provision)
 +     ​DSL: ​        $1329 a year  (DSL memberships)
 +     ​Dialup: ​     $2060 a year  (Dialup memberships + POP lease)  ​
 +     ​Misc: ​        $248 a year
 +     ​-------------------------
 +     ​Total: ​     $18937
 +
 +     2010 - Present
 +
 +     Rent (SEA): $11832 a year  (full cabinet and storage + network)
 +     Rent (DFW): ​ $1800 a year  (4U + network allocation)
 +     Rent (EU):      $0 a year  (1U donated value is 840 EU/​year) ​
 +     ​DSL: ​        $1329 a year  (DSL Memberships)
 +     ​Dialup: ​     $2060 a year  (Dialup memberships + POP lease)
 +     ​-------------------------
 +     ​Total: ​     $17021 ​            
 +
 +  Interested in helping out now?  Try typing '​pledge'​. ​ Thank you!!
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