But it's becoming clear that, even with hundreds of thousands of readers each month, we're not going to be able to fund everything we'd like to do with the site. All of us work full-time jobs except Dissonance, who works a part time job while he's finishing up his undergrad. We keep TR going by putting our own time and money into it. A lousy economy and our stubborn tendency to spend our time writing articles rather than making sales calls have conspired to keep our revenues low.
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To those of you (you know who you are) who read something like our massive chipset comparo, with benchmarks of seven chipsets in nine different configurations, and immediately start writing to ask why we didn't do this or test that: we probably couldn't include your pet test or favorite product because we didn't have the resources. If enough of you folks decide to support the site with a contribution, we'll be able to create even more comprehensive reviews next time out. (Note, though, that donations are strictly "no strings attached." We don't do requests for money. Unless we're talking a whole bag o' wampum.)
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