Re: National's Web Site
Chris Marsey (cmarsey@USSCOUTS.ORG)
Wed, 10 Jul 1996 10:06:09 -0500
I guess that maybe I have a couple pennies to add to this discussion.
My concern is in the $40,000 and what they've got from it or are
going to get. The U.S. Scouting Service Project, of which I started nearly
2 years ago, requires a $2200 computer outfit (includes ISDN router, etc..)
and about a $400/mo worth of telco and ISP connection. One year of being
on-line would equal about $7000. Additional years, $4800.
I'm a programmer and web consultant. Both myself and Bill Nelson, Gary
Hendra and Mike Bowman spend quite a bit of time on the site. Not counting
the many others out there like Alan Houser who also provide general info
on the net. Would we be volunteers and help National (I can't speak for the
others)? I say Yes! For 40K, I could get it all set up and fly to Texas
once a month for coordination, if necessary, for a couple years!
I actually tried calling National early in the year when I heard about them
going to drop some money. You can probably guess what happened. Not much.
I never actually got a call back from the person coordinating the site.
Left a 2 or 3 messages though. I can't quite recall, but I believe that I
even spoke to the Deputy Chief Scout Exec (can't remember who it was off hand)
about it. He refered me to the person who never returned my calls.
I don't mean to brag, but on the other hand do, that we get in excess of
70,000 page hits per month (100,000+ counting gifs, etc..) and growing
and our equipment is nowhere near any bandwidth limitations. And that's
not even counting FTP load.
You think maybe they would have called us first before an outside firm. As
members, I think we'd kind of be on the inside?
I'm still open to working with National. I think it would be interesting
and productive for everyone involved.
The BSA's ISP is:
1950 Stemmons Freeway, INFOMART Suite 2026 Dallas TX, 75207
It appears this is a SunOS 4.1 system that is aliasing for multiple
domains, meaning the BSA does not have their own computer but is having
their site hosted by this company on their computer. According to the
On-Ramp web-site (www.onramp.org), the setup cost for this type of account
is $1,100.00 and $100/mo. Hmmm.. $40,000 - 1,100 - (100 *12) =
$37,700 left?? For web development???? With volunteers waiting to sign up?
Makes you wonder, dosen't it.
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