It is that time of the year that AnimeAMAZE asks you for help! Every year AnimeAMAZE struggles very hard to keep the music going and as many of you can tell, it is a very hard, demanding, and sometimes even physically exhausting task for everyone helping out on the AnimeAMAZE team! My thanks goes out to all our helpers including all our listeners with your important feedback, and all our sponsors giving us some funds to work with when things go wrong, and also the people who helped us out most when our broadcast computer died and we were given two servers by separate donors so we could keep the music going! My thanks goes out to both you! Another special thanks to the people working behind the scenes to keep our network safe and secure, a big thanks to them to keep everything safe and sound for all our visitors and listeners! When you are on here or or network, even tuned in, rest assured, you are in good hands!
So this year, it is a little short notice, but we need donations to keep our radio station, and our website online, and I would also like to keep maintenance of the servers up so that if anything happens in the near future, we can be prepared early.
Web Hosting: $116.40
So our web hosting situation is a little odd! Back in May of 2012, our previous host left a very sour taste in my mouth (not the kind my medicine left me…) and it made me so very angry that a company would treat a customer from way back in 2007 the way they treated me. They also did not treat my site with the amount of care that was needed leaving my visitors in the dark when things went wrong, and leaving a very slow load time making all the visitors very frustrated to even navigate! Not only that, the podcasts did not download fast at all. So I did what any owner would do! Made sure that I got us on a better host and so I did! We got a 50% off deal, for two years. So our contract expires in 2014-05-31. that leaves us paying DOUBLE the amount I am asking for. Therefore, we need $116.40 by June, -OR- $232.80 by the end of May next year! So if we get the total needed, we can forget about it next year, and pay the bill in full, or just get in parts like this! I leave that up to the donors.
Shoutcast Host: $45.00 – $90.00
I am sure I can speak for everyone here that for the several years we have been with our host, we have been so very pleased! We have had 99% reliable up time, and not a day goes by that I look at our host and love the reasonable price for a non-profit corporation running a non-stop, commercial free Japanese Radio station enjoyed around the world. Our costs for 6 months if $45.00! That is awesome! Our cost for a year is $90.00! Our minimum goal is $45.00! If we can reach that goal, we will be set until December! If we can reach $90.00 we will be set until next June! Either way, we need the minimum by June otherwise, no radio! Dead air!
Domain Name: $23.50
With ICANN fees changing a lot more lately, I set a comfort zone limit. How did you get to this site? Thanks to Misty3000′s donation of the animeamaze.com name, we have been able to expose ourselves easily on the internet. When we were given the name, we had a year on it. We would like to be on it for another year if possible. Without it no website! So we need to reach $23.50 to cover the cost of the domain name!
All totaled up, we need a Minimum of: $184.90
Our Maximum ideal Goal is: $346.30
Now We do need at least the shoutcast host by June! If we do not reach at least $45 by June, dead air!
Now as you all know, we have had a rough go of things the start of this year. It almost decided the fate of the radio station, but I and several others have been helping me get the station on for longer than a few hours a day. AnimeAMAZE, like anything else in this world, we need funds to run things. What does AnimeAMAZE run on? It’s not an over abundance of cat girls and pocky, but we use power, and we have cable internet service, and as you can tell, that costs money! Keep in mind, every step AnimeAMAZE takes is to keep things as green as possible when it comes to energy efficiency. The UPS that was purchased back in December has been a huge help in keeping energy costs low. With that in mind, we still have an energy bill to pay regularly. It is increasingly hard to pay some here and there! The real ideal way of keeping green would be to have several solar panels and maximizing lunar energy, but I don’t think we can do that just yet. Another option is Colocation center! But that costs money too!
Furthermore, our Internet connection is also very vital to the radio stations operations. I have heard your complaints about not being able to access the request page. I make several warnings not to flood the request page on a regular basis! Our max is 5 requests! If your IP goes 5 songs at a fast rate, Comcast blocks you as an attempted flood or some other attack. I tested this myself! So it’s not me, it’s comcast, they are very well aware of what we are hosting, and sadly, I have no control over their decision, and they do not like me in breach of our “contract”. Only option I can offer is to request a change in your IP if you are blocked! Sadly that is all! What I have learned with comcast is changing your mac address will get you a new IP! Other ISP’s may work the same! We have the same one we have had for a year! AnimeAMAZE’s only other options is finding a new ISP that allows us to host webpages and the only business class ISP’s are also really pricy! We can barely afford what we have now, we can’t afford a business class without regular monthly donations! Again, Colo would be ideal, but again, cost money we don’t have!
Though we set minimum and maximum goals, it nice to have over that to cover costs along the way! If AnimeAMAZE has been a fine station and you are pleased with it, please make a donation to help us out! If you really want to help us out a lot, become a sponsor! A little bit of help can go a long way, and if you are a site, store, or an awesome individual, we will do our best to let everyone know how awesome of a sponsor you are including our current top sponsor Yoji Mikuni!
If you want to help us out with parts for computers, with internet services, with colo’s with anything, send me an email via the contact page! The emails go directly to me, on my phone or my PC, so I see everything! If you just want to help out and donate anything PLEASE! If you like this station and want to keep it up, send some donations and help us keep things running! If we don’t reach donations, we will go down, and it will be more expensive in the end to get back up again!
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