| Based on some comments and emails about our asking for donations, there seems to be some misconception about why we've began asking for them. The first one involves the perception that I maintain this site and WavMan full time, as if it's my only job, or my only lot in life. It is not. It has not been for several years. AOL's place in cyberspace has shifted radically in the last decade. Some might say it's fading away (I would partially agree with that), some might say say they're attempting to reinvent themselves as a news and advertising portal since they bought up Huffington Post. Either way, since the usage of the AOL 9.x desktop client and general membership has waned significantly, so has the demand for our software. This was always to have been expected. Our biggest competitor closed his doors almost six years ago. I understand why he did so, it's a lot of work to write maintenance code for new operating systems, using programming software that is obsolete, and has been since 2001. It's also a lot of work we do now for almost nothing. As grateful as we are for those who have registered our software over the years, they don't cover the cost of operating and maintaining the software and this site years after the fact.|
This is not a complaint, this is reality.
The reality also is, I've taken on new avenues of employment to pay those darned bills! The time I spend doing things related to WavMan and this site are more volunteer and loyalty to remaining WavMan users. The other reality of this situation is I now spend my own money to keep keep this site operating, so previously registered user may still redownload the software and when necessary, ask for their registration number when they lost it. I've been doing this for several years now without complaint. I've come to a point where, honestly, I don't want to anymore. It's taking away from other more important things I need to be taking care of, things like my home, my car, my children, etc. I don't believe it's unreasonable to ask for small donations from the several hundred of you who still use the software and the resources of this site. Bandwidth isn't free, even if my time is. This site still pulls down over a GB a month for WavMan alone.
I'm still happy to fix WavMan when the need arises, when I am able to. I'm still happy to answer the support emails and lost registration number requests. I'm simply asking for the remaining WavMan community to help support the site that continues to serve you.
Here is the final piece of reality I should also make you aware of: If no one feels the need to help support this site, it will close. If my hosting company doesn't get paid, they will shut the site down. If that happens, it's for good. this means no one will be able to download, or re-download WavMan, or any of the other program. As the installer for WavMan is web based (meaning it downloads files on demand, instead of one huge file) the installer will not start and nothing will be downloaded, because the files won't exist. It also means there will no longer be any registration number look up. All the tpasoft.com email addresses we use will cease to exist. It also means after after nineteen years, I'll be able to close my AOL account, as I will no longer need it. In short, no one anywhere will be able to re-download the program or get registration numbers for it (the SOLE exception will be for the people who do donate). I understand this sounds harsh and unfair. It's the reality of the situation.
I'm completely happy to give my time and effort to continue this work for no other reason than loyalty (that's the kind of dude I am). I'm humbly asking for your help to keep our doors of this web site open for as long as we can. Nothing more, thing less. If 20 people donate five bucks apiece, that's another year we can stay open (my provider offers a substantial discount if I pay a year in advance). Those who do will get a site thank you and a link to your business, personal page, etc, if you so chose. At some point in the near future, this site will have a widget specifically for donators.
As of this writing, and thanks to Gloria K. for her generosity, there is enough in our kitty to keep tpasoft.com open till October (unless we reach our goal before then, otherwise it'll be a full YEAR). Make sure you thank her by visiting her website, available on the front page of this site.
There we go folks. I've pleaded my case. The future of this site and WavMan is now up to you. :)
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Thank you for your consideration.