Want to help support TrendWeight?
TrendWeight is a free app. I created it in my free time because I like tech gadgets and I wanted a better way to apply the concepts of the Hacker's Diet to my own day-to-day life. I didn't create it in order to make money. However, from time to time, I get an email from someone asking if there is some way they can make a donation to help support TrendWeight.
Although TrendWeight is a development project I work on in my free time (i.e. I don't have to pay anyone's salary), there are fees I pay each month for the servers that host the TrendWeight web site and database. In the interest of transparency, let me tell you what those costs are. Currently, trendweight.com runs on Windows Azure and uses these resources:
- One Small "Standard" Web Site Instance ($0.10 per hour or ~$75 per month)
- A 1GB SQL Database ($10 per month)
- A very small amount of storage and bandwidth (approx $1 per month)
In total, my monthly bill usually comes to about $85 per month.
Now let me be very clear: I can afford to run TrendWeight out of my own pocket (at least at the current level of expenses). I don't want anyone to feel any pressure to make donations. I created this page because people keep emailing me asking how to donate. If you would like to help, there are a few ways I can suggest...
Buy stuff on Amazon.com
The easiest way to support TrendWeight is to buy stuff on Amazon after following the links on this page. This is my favorite solution because we both get something out of it. You get the products that you were going to buy anyway, and I get a small reward from Amazon for sending you to their site (note, this doesn't cost you anything or increase the price you pay for your items). If you plan to buy a FitBit device or a Withings device, and you click on one of the links below to do so, Amazon will give me a small percentage of the purchase price as a thank you. This works for other items as well, so feel free to click on the Amazon homepage link below as well for any other items you plan to purchase.
Support TrendWeight via PayPal
If you would like to send a small donation via PayPal, you can send any donation to help cover expenses to my PayPal email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.