Okay, so cutting bandwidth wouldn't have done squat - 20 TB/server is their standard and it's baked into the price. So be it.
Ivan did say he could drop the price $10, so we're down to $370 a month. Not optimal, but it should be doable for me. Current cost + no car payment + pension cost of living increase in July = the servers. So come what may, it won't get me down to seeds and stems, so to speak.
Two weeks from today the process will begin. Two weeks after that, the first social security payment arrives. Assuming all is good with that and the government hasn't thrown me any surprises, I buy the movie script:ViewShark Multimedia Bundle 2 - $350 $250Our Multimedia Bundle 2 package will help you save more money and get your multi media website up and running quickly, without you having to worry about installing the application or configuring the server.
Save $50 on video grabber + $100 on package bundle.
- One Domain License
- Template Extensions
- Multimedia Module
- Multi Server Streaming Module for Multimedia
- Video Grabber Module (Embed Plugin + Download Plugin)
- Server Configuration
- Lighttpd Setup
- Application Setup
- Custom Branding
and the IP Boards forum software ($275 for forum/blog app/download app - might add their Content Management System app, Pages, for another $50 if it look like something we want to use - maybe as a sort of TMU central, the landing page when you go to TMUnderground.com, with RSS links to new movies, new posts, new events, and so on - something that will bring all the aspects of TMU together in one place and give a community member or prospective community member a quick overview of everything that's going on in the TMUniverse.)
The new movie site software will go to one of the IPs on the server for development. I need to get hold of Nick (Tarison) and see if he's still up for doing the database conversion from Sharemixer to Viewshark. That gets all the users, comments, channels, etc. into the new script. After that, I need to get the file system right for Viewshark (all movies in user directories as opposed to all movies in one gigantic directory) Not something I want to do manually, so I'll either get the subhosting guys to do it or I'll hire a php guy to build the file system based on the database user information. It may even be possible to automagically move the movies from the one Sharemixer directory to the multiple Viewshark directories by reading the database and moving files based on the information therein. If not, I do it manually, which is going to SUCK, but is little more than grind work for a couple of days.
When the movie site is up and running in the development space (and all members will have the opportunity to watch while it takes shape), we move it to a live space (I'd say TMUnderground.com, but everything will be TMUnderground.com, so the movies will just be a part of it) and shake it down.
On or before August 19th, when my next social security check arrives, we'll work in the new everywhere chat (which is there wherever you are in the TMUniverse) and the live component (which is little more than a static page with the embedded live player and embedded live chat - as well as whatever the hell else we might want there...suggestions welcome).
And along the way, we shake it all down, fix things that don't work, etc. Things like the radio streaming page and the rebranded Owncloud (TMUCloud) will be there pretty much from the gitgo. TMUniversity will follow just a little bit later, since that's going to take some setup work, and then recruiting and training instructors.
And there you have it. In two and a half months, this place will be totally transformed in all ways but the people. And hopefully that transformation will bring in more people. If we build it, they will come, and if they don't...well, I have the grape Flavoraid...
Questions, comments, thoughts, catcalls, whatever are, as always, appreciated. Otherwise, just buckle your seatbelts and don't try to exit the car while it's still in motion.