The Chametown List was
started on 8 December 2002 with the intention of providing
a service that is not encumbered with advertising and the
other constraints of systems such as Yahoo.
The previous server hardware was 7 years old and the chances
of failure were increasing.
In order to ensure a reliable service for the future we
needed to purchase a new server that will meet the list's
requirements for at least the next five years. The cost
of a server that we considered would give us the most economical
and value-for-money solution was around �400.
We therefore launched an appeal to members for contributions
towards the costs involved. Thanks to the generosity of
the Chametown list members and the International Commission
for Zoological Nomenclature, which also has the ICZN and
ZooBank lists on the server, we will now easily meet the
target amount. This will leave us with a surplus which we
will deposit in a savings account for future contingencies.
Gareth, our computer expert, was over from
Italy for a few days. While he was here he bought the components
for the new server and then spent the next few days building
the server, installing the software, transferring the data
and testing everything to make sure that it was working
properly. The new server is now up and running and working
On removing the old server it became apparent that we had
been very lucky that it had kept running for as long as
it did. He found that some components had already failed
and that it was likely that a total failure could have happened
at any time.
I would like to acknowledge the help of my three sons in
running the website and lists. Gareth looks after the mail
server, keeping the software up to date and ensuring that
there are regular back ups of the data. Rowan set up the
basic website design structure and looks after the forums
while Darrell pays for the professional web-hosting of the
Afriherp website and provided the main network hardware.
I look after the day to day administration of the lists,
deleting numerous spam messages and dealing with queries.
I also pay the annual domain registration fees and the various
monthly charges (ISP, line rental, power, etc).
As you can see this is a real team effort so please make
use of what we have available. We are happy to add links
to other websites and to add pages covering projects or
any other relevant items. Please get in touch if you have
any ideas for improving or adding to what we do.