Thank you for the support.
Right now, here is some relevant information:
Dedicated IP: 220.127.116.11
E-mail Accounts: 33 / Unlimited
Domains: 1 / Unlimited
Subdomains: 34 / Unlimited
Disk quota (MB) - Current usage
Bandwidth quota (MB) - Current usage
Starting 07/01/12 00:01:14 Ending 08/01/12 00:00:01
(That's 64 GB / 100 GB HD space used, and 253 GB / 4 TB monthly bandwidth used; average bandwidth used over HDM's history has been ~300-500 GB per month.)
I currently pay about $11 per month, including the server hosting and domain URL. The server hosting per month is $10, and the domain name is $12.50 per year, so that's about $11.04 per month. I pay for the domain name every year as a $12.50 payment and for the server hosting every two years as a $240 payment. The server hosting is going to expire this October again, so I wonder if I should pay $252.50 this time, or if I should try to set this up as a business and move forward with the source code project(s) as an LLC business which would lease the rights to the source code from Microsoft and continue to develop the game in partnership with MacSoft. We would make money based upon the license terms of the agreement with Microsoft, but that would require an investment for us to purchase the license first. At the same time, HDM would be upgraded to allow us to maximize our online potential to coincide with developing the source code.
The available upgraded dedicated hosting plans are REALLY expensive in comparison, but they would mean that we would be making money as a business (the LLC) along with MacSoft. So basically, we've got these options, and the listed prices are per month (I asked a sales representative just to make sure)... so we're talking at least $100 per month... which is money I don't have right now, but would have later.http://www.westhost.com/unmanaged-dedicated-servers/
So basically, I'm asking you if you would be willing to work as a team with MacSoft to further develop the Halo game for Mac/PC in order to continue the ideas I've already presented to you. And I'm asking if you would be willing to consolidate MGM and HDM as a single LLC... and how we would make money on this I'm not yet going to specify.
Regarding compatibility, I investigated running Mac OS X server on one of these unix-based servers, and the reply was:
The servers do have screen support, but there is not a
way to install Mac OS X Server without emulation software.
So we would be able to install Mac OS X Server on the dedicated servers (the upgraded server plans) using "emulation software"... (?)
If we kept what we have now, we would still be able to do alright as a small community. I'm asking how much you would be willing to grow as a Mac Gaming Mods community and as a Halo developer community.
As for the latter, I would intend for us to combine with HaloMaps.org and all the other Halo communities so that we could all work on this together. Right now, the communities are fragmented by platform and game version. My vision would be to unify us and involve everyone more with the improvement of the game. If you guys are willing to do this, then I am also willing to do this. I already know which steps would need to come first, and I've already been working towards this idea for over a year now. Let me know if you are willing to participate in this endeavor.
Also, if you are willing to do this, then what is currently planned for the project called Zeus will be on a much larger scale and much better. MUCH better. It would be fully-integrated with the game, and the game would be brought online to include in-game multi-modding sessions, similar to Sauerbraten... and development would take place per community suggestions... and more.
Either you are groping for answers, or you are asking God and listening to Jesus.