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    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: APUG FORMS PARTNERSHIP TO FUND OPERATING COSTS

    Hi All,

    I was going to hold off on this announcement until the site upgrade was launched, but since there have been delays, I thought it best to go ahead and make the announcement now.

    As most of you know we ran into some major problems with our server and hosting situation. Things were NOT looking good and I knew we needed a massive change to ensure this site remained reliable or 'mission critical' so to speak. We have a mass of traffic and data used per day so needed a new system to accomodate this. What I found after much research was that this would be impossible because such a system could push us towards 10k a year in operating costs. Still not giving up, I decided to contact 4 companies to see if they would like to partner with us and help offset most of these costs. Much to my relief these 4 companies stepped up to the plate and saved the day by equally contributing to make our recent server and host move to rackspace.com a reality. To give you an idea of the shop we are now housed at, Rackspace as of 2005 host 15% of the websites for the Fortune 100. This could not have been made possible whatsoever without the support of:

    J and C Photo - http://www.jandcphoto.com
    Ilford - http://www.ilfordphoto.com
    Elevator Gallery - http://www.elevatordigital.ca/
    Calumet - http://www.calumetphoto.com/


    I am still 100% in control of APUG. The partnership mainly involves corporate support to our community and the community giving visibility of that support (a block on the homepage and site footer are coming). Also, plans are in place for a quarterly APUG newsletter which will contain apug news as well as messages from our partners (more on that later). I wanted to chose a diverse group of partners, companies that I respect and will enjoy working with.

    John at J and C, Simon Galley at Ilford, Bob & Kevin at Elevator, and Jerri Helms at Calumet thank you so much for believing in APUG!

    Sean
    Last edited by Sean; 08-29-2006 at 05:51 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    another good reason the spend my money whenever possible with these fine businesses
    Prints available in the APUG GAllery
    www.gaylarsonphotography.com

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    YAY! These are the best people, in my opinion, to partner with this site. I've shopped with J&C a couple of times and plan to buy more from them and of course I've used Ilford film quite a bit. This is a great step forward. Thank you to all the companies for supporting those of us who still use film and thanks to Sean for this forum, a place where we can go to converse with others who share our passion.
    No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.

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    Is it still August 31, 2002 and this is all a dream Sean?

    In your wildest dreams, did you ever.......

    Murray

    P.S. You deserve this, and more. Congratulations!
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    Note to self: Turn your negatives into positives.

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    Hot Damn!
    Gives a warm feeling all over, and as far as you're concerned it's APUG related

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    Congrats Sean,

    As a manufacture that caters to the traditional photographic market, I am really happy to see this come about, your doing good, I look forward to many more years of enjoying the experiance, you are definately a calm in the storm, glad to see it happen..

    Onward and upward.

    Dave Parker
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    Very good news, Sean.

    So, when are you going to dedust the Dorf and let some film see the light?

    G

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    Quote Originally Posted by argus
    Very good news, Sean.

    So, when are you going to dedust the Dorf and let some film see the light?

    G
    Once I get this upgrade out of the way I hope to start catching light again on a regular basis

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    That's great news, Sean!

    Many thanks to APUG's new major sponsors.
    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
    Photography (not as up to date as the flickr site)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com/photo
    Academic (Slavic and Comparative Literature)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com

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    Sean You're the man!

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