Help Khan Fu Grow
For the past seven years, I've been putting schedules for DEF CON online at khanfu.com in a simple, easy-to-use interface optimized for mobile phones.
It started as a set of static files on a server somewhere, and quickly grew into more generalized client / sever model. The idea was (and remains) that it'd be great to have a single place to go for conference schedules.
Since its debut, Khan Fu has provided mobile schedules for over 70 different events, under 14 different conference banners (including more than 20 different Security B-Sides conferences).
Originally supported by @dtjedi and others, Khan Fu has been run exclusively by me since 2012.
Fortunately, expenses are low: Under $500 a year for hosting, and whatever I can carve out of free time to update the data.
It takes a few hours to get the data loaded in for most conferences, and occasional checks of the schedule to collect last-minute changes.
Unfortunately, I've been unable to really improve the service. The long-term goals have hardly changed since I first skecthed out the feature set in the summer of 2009. Your contribution will help me to dedicate time to improving and building Khan Fu into the service it was always meant to be.
Please, don't feel that you're expected to contribute. Khan Fu has always been, and will always be, free to the community to use. It's here to make your lives easier. Just knowing that you're using it and appreciate the effort is thanks enough.
But if you'd like to thank me more directly, and to help encourage and support growth of Khan Fu, your donations are sincerely and deeply appreciated.
Thanks, and see you at the con!!
I've nearly reached the (now doubled) goal, so I'll double it again... :) (I promise to stop doubling before it gets insane).
I've received several $200+ donations, which is way more than I'd ever expected anyone to contribute.
In fact, I'd kind of figured on (and hoped for) a lot of little $10 and $20 donations from end-users... (the large donations mostly came from people who are more involved with actually running conferences).
Either way, again, I'm amazed at how generous people have been, especially since I'm really not doing anything at all to promote this.
I'm still kind of ambivalent about the whole "asking for donations" thing, 'cause I do want to provide this as a service...but I also know that my free time is limited, and donations from end-users is the best way for me to know that people still appreciate the service and want it to continue.
So if you've used KhanFu over the last several years (and especially if it's your go-to source for a schedule), please let me know! And if you feel strongly about encouraging me to keep it moving forward, I'd love a donation as well!
I have a new feature about 80% complete, and hope to finish it up soon. (just a simple additional resource for the community...) Unfortunately, further significant progress is slow, but I'm moving forwards.
Again, thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement!!
Once again, KhanFu has been a labor of love...the only real "expense" is the time to keep it updated and improve the system.
These donations will definitely make it easier for me to focus more of my down time (whenever it happens) on making KhanFu better.
I don't know if I should change the goal (double it? Then double again?) or just leave it as-is. This really was just a way to defray actual, and temporal, costs, and really didn't have any solid debt to apply it against.
Maybe I should make a deal with all of my supporters, that for every X dollars I pull out of the fund, I'll spend Y hours coding and improving the system. Does that seem fair? What's a good number to pledge? $50 for hour of coding and $20 for an hour of data entry / management? Or is that too high? Or too low?
Or am I over-thinking this? It's all new to me.
Again, thanks so much! I'm already hard at work on the next steps...