> Dean wrote:

> Frankly, (and no offense intended) this brings up a good point.  David's work
> is completely unfunded, and most everything comes out of his own pocket.  A
> few of us long-time "listies" send him money and/or equipment from time-to-
> time, but he handles the majority by himself.  He recently sent out a call for
> the donation of an outdated Pentium box on which to run the list, but received
> no response other than a major donation (which, in and of itself, will not pay
> for the system) from one of the other major content contributors to the list.
> I plead earlier for IBM to make a showcase of the list via an AS/400 donation,
> to no avail.

> My own donations have been rather inconsequential compared to the amount of
> time this list saves me on an annual basis so, in the spirit of telethons,
> _HERE'S_ the deal.  I hereby challenge everyone on this list (excluding
> IBM'ers, whose input pays for itself) to donate the amount of money that this
> list has saved you over the past year to David to maintain the list.  I'm out
> of town this week and don't have David's address handy, but you can write him
> at David@Midrange.Com and I'm sure he'll be glad to provide it.  While non-
> profit, I do not believe that Midrange dot Com is "officially" non-profit, but
> writing your donation off to "Dues and Subscriptions" should gain you that tax
> deduction.  I issue a special challenge to you "lurkers" out there that gain
> knowledge from the list, yet do not contribute your own to the pool (and your
> opinions _ARE_ important, even if _YOU_ don't think so).

> I implore _ALL_ of you to "ante up" -- knowledge is power, and David dedicates
> a _GREAT_ deal of time to the list and guarantees that said knowledge comes
> free of advertising.  Unless _WE_ assist David in his endeavours, I do not see
> how he will be able to keep www.midrange.com as free of advertising as he has
> the lists.  Come on, it's the _least_ you can do...

I agree with everything that Dean says here. Make it a periodic task (just like
subscribing to a magazine) to contribute to the list. To contribute:

Make checks payable to David Gibbs and send to
   c/o David Gibbs
   1010 Kevin Ct, #6
   Palatine, IL  60074

Even if everyone would make small contributions, it would better than
nothing. The key here is that EVERYONE participates.

Joe Teff
Information Technology Consultant
IBM Certified Specialist - AS/400 RPG Programmer
Bloomington, MN

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