So there I was, drinking a beer with a friend of mine and we started talking about KakaoStats. He liked the system itself and bla bla bla, so I told him it’s running on an old laptop and I’m saving some money to buy a proper PC to run it.

After a couple more beers he gave me the idea to ask for donations. I’ve never actually considered that. I decide to run KakaoStats because I like to work with servers and I’ve been missing that lately. (I used to be network/system administrator until I started working with automation) So, it’s kind of a hobby for me…

But unlikely my go-kart hobby, I’m not the one who enjoys it more. Of course I do enjoy it quite a lot, even in the background or checking my points.

Anyway… I took some time, re-activated my Paypal account (and another Brazilian-only payment gateway) and created the donate buttons! Feel free to donate the amount you feel you should donate, small or big values will be only used to improve KakaoStats. All donations are done in BRL, so check the currency!

My first plan is to buy a new hardware. I already have a rack case, PSU and two 2TiB 2.5″ HDD. Plus I found this HDD case yesterday and I’m really mad because I just ordered a new one from China. When arrive I’ll try to sell it and save the money for other hardware.

HDD Case

While I don’t have the money, I’m checking some good cost-benefit CPUs and I found out a bottleneck in the current hardware. The 2TiB HDD I’m using runs only at 5.400 rpm, I have room but I don’t have performance. When importing data and it needs the HDD the CPU usage goes low and it takes time, but the worst part is that navigating in KakaoStats become slower. Indexed part still normal, but sometimes it’s needed to go to disk to fetch some data, and it also is bad for importing task. So I added to hardware list also two SSD drives (will be mirrored) to run the OS and the database and then HDD will be used only for backups.
Please don’t feel obligated to donate money. Kakao will still exists and I’ll also buy some things by myself for it.

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