Last week at the end of a vicious cyber attack, the OB Rag made an appeal to our readers, fans, and supporters – our community.
We described how it appears that someone is directly and deliberating attacking our news and commentary website, causing us to be suspended and offline by our host.
We discussed how it appears that we would have to upgrade our host server or take other pricey measures to avoid these kinds of ddos attacks in the future. One option we’re looking at would cost in the neighborhood of $1600 a year – quite a jump from our single digit server costs per month.
Even though we publish daily and we’re an online business, we don’t make money off this site – although our ads and T-shirt sales have covered our basic costs up to now. Our friends and supporters know that. So, we asked our community for help.
The response has been wonderful. Friends, readers, supporters, strangers have stepped forward and have sent us nearly $2,000 over this last week and half. One friend from Point Loma sent us $500! A lovely couple from City Heights gave $420, OB Ragsters from the old days together sent $400, another OB couple who spends half the year in the desert mailed in $200.
Many, many thanks to the following friends and lovers for stepping up in our time of need (in reverse alphabetical order of first name): Tom Cairnes, Stu Seymour, Pamela Page, Nancy Witt, Melvyn Freilicher, Mary Cory, Katheryn Rhodes, Judith and Wayne Starker, Gary Gilmore, Eric Gerhardt, Dorothy Dent, “Bugged Voter”, Bob Edwards, and Anna Daniels and Rich Kacmar.