You must be loaded to the gills with disposable income.
I am not loaded, but I understand your sentiment, so I'll lay it out for anybody who might be curious.
I did say at the very beginning that I have been thinking about all of this and I recognize that it is a donation; a pretty big commitment, even.
I have very little free time to donate to good works. Also, for many years now I have been uncomfortable with the idea of just giving money to charitable outfits. I have recited a few times my distaste with the American Red Cross and their strategy of never-ending harassment for ever more and more. I'll never ever forget the United Way and their heavy-handed way of getting company's management to force employee donations during the 1980's and 1990's, and of course their numerous spending scandals during those years.
I'm very cautious now. I prefer to donate cash because it's untrackable, and makes it harder for me to get spammed for future donations. I never donate money to the same organization in consecutive years, either. I don't like dependent relationships in that way.
But I still want to do what I can to help make a difference, in keeping with my own time and financial limits. Here, with folding, I have the ability to make a difference.
And, maybe more importantly to me, I remain in complete control
of my donation. It is an ongoing commitment, but I can revoke it at any damned time I want to. So if Stanford/Pande start supporting or working toward things that I find morally, logically, humanely, or nationally objectionable, I can just shut down my donation. Simple. Immediate. Without stop-payment or credit card hassles. I like that idea quite a lot.
So back to my topic. In my post above, I did not
say that this project was easily affordable, either for the server buildout or for the electrical costs. I have said in prior posts that this will be done in phases. And who knows, next month I may learn that I need a new roof, so plans can change.
All I really need to know now is whether or not my electric consumption estimates are ballpark accurate.