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Internet Archive Needs Donations, Has Matching Donor 58

The Internet Archive curates an astounding collection (actually, a collection of collections) of online resources, from historically significant to modern but obscure. Storing, serving and organizing more than 10 petabytes isn't cheap, despite their ongoing efforts to innovate on that front. An anonymous reader writes "An anonymous donor is matching $3 for every $1 given (up to $450,000) until December 31. One petabyte has been paid for so far and the archive is looking at getting three more. 'These massive servers are the backbone of the Archive, and critical to our continued growth. To all of you who've contributed to our fundraising drive, thanks from all of us here at the Internet Archive. '"
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Internet Archive Needs Donations, Has Matching Donor

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  • Have to say it (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 24, 2012 @09:42AM (#42380985)

    And they accept Bitcoin ( ). They've received 686btc so far( ). Not bad.

  • great service (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ssam ( 2723487 ) on Monday December 24, 2012 @11:00AM (#42381347)

    I was recently involved in producing a feature length creative commons film. we wanted to make it available as a http download (as well as bittorrent and streaming via youtube). we used internet archive. its been downloaded over 25k times from them. finding a commercial host that could manage that would have cost a fair bit of money (which we don't have). so thanks, hope my donation helps.

  • by BenJeremy ( 181303 ) on Monday December 24, 2012 @12:05PM (#42381783)

    Might I suggest that you are a cheapskate.

    $25/annum = 7 cents ($0.07) per day.

    How much do you pay for your mobile data plan and/or ISP?

    So, it would have been better for me to look at the $25 level, say "too much" and walk away without donating anything? At least people wouldn't berate me.

    I have to wonder how many people looked at that $25 level and said, "too much" - probably a lot of money walked away from that page. People willing to donate $25 will pay $25. They don't need a minimum suggested level.

    As for your math, I've used the archives fewer times than I can count on my fingers.... I don't use it every day. It's faulty logic to calculate what this sort of service is worth to an individual... even individuals use the archives differently, some to dig up old content from a site they might have once gone to, others use it to recover content they once had on their own sites; the latter might be inclined to (and should) give more - I'm not in that group.

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman