AllStarLink Tampa Server

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Background on the Tampa Hypervisor purchase

In late 2017 AllStarLink needed a proper server. The stats server was failing, and I had offered a donation of space/power/bandwidth at my Tampa colo. The decision was made to buy a 1 RU HP DL360 Generation 7 server used for ~$900 shipped.

At the time ASL, Inc. was unable to buy it as they were not 501(c)3. I arranged for our local club here FSG, Inc. to buy it and donate the hypervisor space to ASL, Inc. Donations were made to FSG, inc. by several individuals totaling the purchase price and FSG purchased it. This was installed and operational late December 2017.

This was in essance two donations:

  • FSG owned the server and donated the resources of it to ASL, Inc.
  • Power, bandwidth, and space was a personal donation of myself. Note bandwidth was 15 mbit+/s

In 2019 I made the decision to stop donating resources to ASL, Inc. This was the space, bandwidth and power to the VM's running on the FSG owned hypervisor, and additional VMs (NMS, powerdns, rsync, logging, VPN) on my other, non FSG owned, servers.

AllStarLink, Inc. threw a fit about having the FSG owned server returned to them. They are under the impression that they own it, and ignore the history and agreements. The amount of time they wasted over a $325 server was appalling.

In January I spoke with our FSG team and suggested I can purchase the server from FSG. Our board agreed with this being a fair price so I made the payment to FSG and I now owned the server outright. I decided to donate this server to ASL; let the babbles have their bottle, no?

On Jan 28, 2020 I emailed ASL informing them of this and eventually shipped it (at my expense!) to them.


1st Email to admin list

2017-12-14 email to admin list about server

approval by board members

Board Member Approval from Kevin
2017-12-18 Board Member Approval from Steve

Final email to board regarding server ownership

2017-12-23 Final server purchase email from Bryan showing FSG ownership.

Current Status

As of the end of 2019, this server is worth about $325 on the market due to depreciation. This is a slightly better CPU than the ASL server, but lacking the other 4 146gb 15k disks, which are 5-8 dollars each.

Market value of similar config server as of 2019-12-25

CPU info for the current HV

processor	: 23
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 44
model name	: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           L5640  @ 2.27GHz

This shows the CPU in the current server is a 2.27 GHZ, slightly slower than what's in the eBay listing.

Server Donation to ASL On Jan 28, 2020

Subject: Tampa Hypervisor
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 00:00:49 -0500

FSG, Inc. has sold the old Tampa Hypervisor to me for a payment of $325.  I'm
going to ship it to ASL and donate it to ASL Inc.  Please let me know where
you want it shipped.

If I don't hear back by Thursday, I'll be shipping it to the ASL address on
file with the state:
AllStarLink, Inc.
9807 SW PUEBLO TERRACE
PALM CITY, FL 34990

Thank you,
-- 
Bryan Fields

Passwords

To: helpdesk@allstarlink.org
Subject: Tampa Hypervisor login
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 00:02:38 -0500

The ILO is configured to DHCP for an IP.
User = asl
Pass = password

I've set the server root passwd to 'password'.

The first Ethernet interface is enp3s0f0 and has not been changed.  The
management system is running on port 8001 using https.  This will need to be
changed.

The VM's are under /var/lib/libvirt/images and are shut down.

Thank you,
-- 
Bryan Fields

727-409-1194 - Voice
http://bryanfields.net

Further attacks from the board

After I informed the ASL board of my decision to donate the server, Todd Lesser still continued to attack me via email. Had they wanted the server so bad, one would assume he'd respond with the address to send it and at least STFU until it was received. Nope.

Email from Todd to Bryan 2020-01-28

Todd sent this as quoted printable and basically unreadable as plain text, so it's an image.

Email from Todd Lesser to Bryan Fields

My reply to Todd

Note that Todd doesn't know how to send email, so I didn't rewrap his lines here.

To: Todd Lesser <todd@lesser.com>, helpdesk@allstarlink.org
From: Bryan Fields <Bryan@bryanfields.net>
Subject: Re: 8d minutes
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 23:53:07 -0500

On 1/28/20 11:27 PM, Todd Lesser wrote:

> Concerning the minutes:
> What specifically are you saying in item 8d that is incorrect?    I wasn’t around at the time so I have to obtain all this information from third parties.  I am simply trying to be as accurate as possible.   The minutes  even directs people to your wiki  page so people could read it themselves and reach their own conclusions.

ASL made no donation to FSG.  Individuals made a donation to FSG, knowing full
well the server was to be 100% owned by FSG.  It was not for the exclusive use
of ASL, you know it, I know it, the donors knew it.

> I attempted to be through in my investigation and that is why I contacted the Secretary of the the Florida Simulcast Group (FSG) to see how FSG minutes reflected the donation.

No, you attempted to trash my generosity at every single opportunity.  This is
a further continuation of that.

> On your wiki you have posted a couple of emails.  Would you prefer for me to just quote the emails instead of listing your wiki?
> 
> "On 12/14/2017, Bryan Fields sent an email to allstarlink-admin@list.allstarlink.org.
> 
> “I propose we have the donations to the Tampa Bay Hamwan (Florida Simulcast Group), FSG will buy the box and donate it to ASL, Inc. FSG is 501(c) 3 so any donations will be tax deductible, whereas ASL, Inc., isn’t”
> 
>  On 12/23/2017, Bryan Fields sent a followup email, “OK, I got this worked out, I had to convene the FSG board.  We’re approved, and FSG will provide the server to ASL and hosting.  FSG will technically own it as it’s in our rack, but ASL can do whatever they want with it.

You're welcome to do what you want with it, but I'm sure as fuck not going to
keep paying to host it.  Given the first opportunity I've had to go to my colo
site, I pulled it.

> 		FSG has not donated the server back to ASL and apparently, they and/or Bryan Fields is no longer 	
> 
> allowing ASL to do whatever it wants with it.

How can you be given something back, when you never owned it in the first
place?  ASL doesn't own it, and never did.

> Attached is a copy of one of the PayPal payments.
> 
> Finally,  here are some web pages that describe a restricted gift to a non-profit.  There is actually a body of law that covers this.
> 
> https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/the-gift-adviser/2014/11/18/restricted-gifts-101.html
> https://www.barneswendling.com/non-profit-donations-managing-donor-restricted-gifts/
> 
> https://conservationtools.org/guides/144-restricted-gifts
> "A restricted gift of cash, land, easement or other property may only be used for a particular purpose rather than an organization’s general purposes.”
> 
> https://www.thebalancesmb.com/restricted-unrestricted-nonprofit-funds-2502167
> 
> "Donors to a nonprofit organization may designate or "restrict" the use of their donations to a particular purpose or project. An example is a gift to a special scholarship fund at a university.
> "Unrestricted" funds are donations the nonprofit may use for any purpose. Unrestricted funds usually go toward the operating expenses of the organization or to a particular project that the nonprofit picks.”

Nothing was a restricted gift, it was cash to a paypal account with no
restrictions on it.  You are failing to grasp the core concepts here.  Go
back, read everything I've said, but pay attention this time.

> Obviously, when you send the machine back, the minutes for the next meeting will reflect this.

I've asked you all nicely to back off, and yet you have doubled down on this.
I was happy to just fuck off and go, but ASL seems hell bent on some kind of
vendetta of stupidity against me.

You had one thing you needed to do here, and it was "here's a shipping address
and we've amended the minutes, thank you."  Yet rather than do this, get what
you want and fuck off, you want to "be right" and bring up all this shit again.

-- 
Bryan Fields

727-409-1194 - Voice
http://bryanfields.net

Finally Todd sent me a shipping address

From: Todd L <sdtoddl@gmail.com>
Subject: Server
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 22:10:48 -0800
To: Bryan Fields <bryan@bryanfields.net>

Please send the server to:

Andrew Lauppe
6440 Fulton St E Ste. 204
Ada, MI 49301

Proof of Delivery

I shipped the server out on Feb 7, 2020 as I was traveling the week prior. I also needed to find a proper server shipping box. I packed it using several foam in place bags, and shipped it ground after resetting the passwords on it.

FedEx Tracking number 777676698728

ASL server delivery proof.pdf

ASL server deliver proof Image

Further updates

As of April 7th 2020, the server still sits unused with Andy Lauppe, NB8P.