Post by Jerry Muelver on Oct 24, 2009 5:25:50 GMT -5
I regret to announce that runbasicnet.com will be closing down by November 10th. Subscribers with active accounts will be receiving a refund for the unused balance of their subscriptions. I want to thank the Run BASIC Community for their support for this little experiment in Web 2.0 technology. My very special thanks go to (name withheld) the donor whose stunningly generous and timely gift last year kept the experiment running. Perhaps the time has come for an established internet provider with stronger resources and technical depth to offer Run BASIC as a package option. This marvelous invention by Carl and Scott will soon find its place in the digital world, I am sure.
Hmmmm ... I might be able to revive it on one of my servers, as I soon will have one machine that I either drop or continue to use for something like that. But only if it makes sense (it`s not one of the cheapest machines). I would need to know some things..... what´s the cause for shutting rbnet down? How many subscribers do you have and is anyone here interested in using this service. As I would have to cover server-costs just by subscriptions, it all depends on the amount of subscribers and what they are willing to pay!?
From Carl I would need some help, too, as I will need a version of RB where I can disallow changing some things like the port. But that`s for later....
So, everyone who is interested, please give some feedback.... to halp making a decision.
I am very saddened by this news, Jerry. RunBASICNet offered me an affordable way to host my Run BASIC programs and I'll miss it. At least I now have a FIOS connection, so I can host from home now. This is not something I could have done 10 months ago. As one of your first customers, Jerry, I want to thank you for all the time and money you put into RunBASICNet. I remember a couple of times when the server went down due to a Windows Update and you were always only a cell phone call away to reboot the server. How many online services offer a cell phone number to get instant access to the 'person in charge.' I think you're right when you say that Run BASIC will 'soon find its place in the digital world.' I just wish it had been soon enough for RunBASICNet. Should you ever decide to try this venture again, Jerry, sign me up!
Votan, If you go back to the earliest posts about RunBASICNet, you'll find that Jerry discovered several problems and then solutions with finding the right company to host RunBASICNet. Even then, it wasn't something that Jerry could just set up and walk away, just collecting monthly fees for basically 'doing nothing.' As i stated above, early on, when the bugs were being ironed out, I contacted Jerry quite a few times. And he sent his cell phone number out to all his customers, nothing special about me. So you'll want to consider the personal investment as well as the monetary investment. So, for RunBASICNet, what is that saying? It was fun while it lasted. Heck, it was great while it lasted. We'll see what the future has in store.
If it supports php + mysql (to install some forum and related software too), then im highly interested. I was planning to rebuild my basicprogramming.org website so that the main site itself would be created with RB, while wiki and forum would have been used same softwares as this far.
So if these conditions are met, and price tag is not hundreds $/year, then im highly interested.
Of course, continuity is also important subject if new rb hosting is released.
Well, demand for an RB hoster seems to be to low. So I don't think I gonna put any effort into this. But as it is not so expensive anymore to get a private virtual server with root access, you should consider something like this. Or, if you are connected to a fast DSL/Cable connection, you can easily host the sites at your home. Just make sure you've got a decent upload speed >= 1mbit (light use only then).
I have rented hosting from one provider, but they do not want to support RB for some reasons. I could get "shell place" from some server storage, but here they do cost like s*it. No talk under 300e/year. Too much for me.
Do a google search for "virtual server root". There will be many results popping up and some offer virtual server space with root access below 10 bucks. You'll just have to crawl through a lot of pages....