$25.30. It's an interesting number for all involved. Dividing the value of
eight dollars an hour results in, I believe, a little over three hours of my
time being worth a six month subscription. On the converse, rusty is working
an almost thankless tech job combined with the overhead costs of operating a
server and managing its bandwidth. 105 subscriptions multiplied by five
dollars? The measly amount probably covers the monthly bandwidth and
hardware costs - if that.
Meanwhile, back in my world, five dollars equates to a little over a half an
hour of my "hard earned money." I spend, daily, well over the half on K5.
With all these tabulations combined, it seems I'm getting one hell of a
deal! Why shouldn't I send my five dollars a month in? rusty certainly is
right, about the only thing the money is covering is my guilt.
Before you think I'm completely missing the point*, let me make
one of my own: I didn't feel guilty. Using K5 without charge was a
guiltless exercise for me. Moreover, I use lynx so I miss the advertising
completely. What should have been a guilt ridding exercise was actually a
happiness justifying experience.
Happiness. Roll the word around in your mouth a bit. Try to figure
out its meaning. When you do, don't bother coming back because K5 will be
long gone. Humanity has spent, arguably, the duration of its existence
trying to grasp the concept and find reliable methods of producing the
substance in bulk. For me, happiness is the word defining one of many
sensations of more enjoyable than pain and less fleeting than orgasmic.
K5 is enjoyable for me. I have fun reading, writing, and occasionally
debating on its forums. The totality of these experiences gives me a feeling
of happiness. I'm not happy all the time and K5 doesn't have the ability to
give me happiness without fail. However, for more than a half an hour a
month, I keep coming back and using rusty's K5. With no contract, no
tele-marketing, no advertising, and no guilt my "hard earned money" has been
I don't think anyone should ask for yours.
(* - I'm paying for a subscription. Go
look it up