Jim Alfredson

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  1. New DONATE button

    Hello all, You may have noticed a new DONATE box and button on the forum homepage. I thought this might be easier for most as well as a handy reminder that it does cost money to keep this site afloat. The donate button links directly to my Paypal account. Remember, you can use regular credit/debit cards with Paypal. For those that prefer to write a check, you can make them out to me and send here: PM ME FOR THE ADDRESS
  2. Cannonball Adderley

    I love him, but I only have his Riverside/Capitol stuff. What else do I need to check out?
  3. Hank Marr

    Someone kindly posted this on my FB page. Nice to see Hank Marr in action. I spoke with him a few times on the phone back in 2002 or so. He was very gracious and kind to me. I never had a chance to see him live but I own many of his records.
  4. Why is a Member Restricted From Posting Content?

    He should be able to send private messages now.
  5. Speakers for desktop computers

    I would get the IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitors. Huge sound, very small footprint.
  6. Why is a Member Restricted From Posting Content?

    Is he able to post now?
  7. New DONATE button

    I know everybody is stressed out but the donations have been a bit slow lately. I could really use some help in the next few months due to losing all my music gigs. Thanks.
  8. New DONATE button

    No. PM me for the address.
  9. Jimmy Smith

  10. Hi friends, I am running a Kickstarter campaign for Bill Heid's latest release, It's A Living. I produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered this album and it's a goodun'. Bill is an absolute master and he's joined by two other grand masters; Randy Gelispie on drums and Perry Hughes on guitar. You may recognize this trio from Bill's other albums like Bop Rascal (a stone classic... if you don't have it, go get it). We're a bit behind so hopefully some of you can help out. Thanks! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/billheid/bill-heid-its-a-living-hammond-b3-soul-jazz
  11. New DONATE button

    Bumping. We're running behind this year.
  12. I couldn't tell by the fact that everywhere I look, there's some sort of advertisement. From M&Ms to the NBA Play-offs to fastfood to video games to drinks to everything in between. Today while I was working, there was a package of Kudos on the editing table. It was the Star Wars edition and it actually said on the back... I'm not kidding... (here's the kicker) ............. ........................... How utterly ridiculous is that? I've said it before and I'll say it again, Star Wars sucks.
  13. New DONATE button

    Yep. That's pretty much what I'm looking at. It sounds vain, but as a performer I don't think I can have a gap in my smile.
  14. New DONATE button

    Thank you everyone. It was a stressful last two weeks. Long story short, my dear departed father had a serious hang-up when it came to doctors and dentists and as such I never went to the dentist until I was 28 years old. I had a root canal done, which wasn't so bad considering I'd never been in my life. My teeth were pretty good. But then the dentist decided he wouldn't take our insurance anymore and never put a crown on it. Then we lost our insurance before I found another dentist. That was over 12 years ago. The tooth now needs to come out; it's half gone anyway. Pieces have been breaking off for years. It's going to be $600 to pull it. On Wednesday they treated me for gum disease, which thankfully isn't too advanced but that was $1800 out of pocket. We have insurance now through Medicaid but it covers the very bare minimum and my teeth need more than the basics. Once the tooth is pulled I have to decide whether to live with a big hole in my smile or get an implant. The implant will be between $3k and $4k depending on the work they need to do. YAY! So yeah... I've been stressing about the board funds. You guys took a weight off my shoulders. Thank you.
  15. Forum Secure?

    A small one, yes. But the server increased to $224 this year (from $209) and I did spend some money on renewing the domain, SSL, etc.
  16. Paul Secor Email

    PM sent.
  17. Forum Secure?

    Still have not found anyone to help me do it. I can't afford to pay anyone. We're not even getting enough donations to support the forum per month. I just paid $224 out of my own pocket for May.
  18. Where is Paul Secor .... ?

    Paul sent me a PM weeks ago saying he was leaving. In the 16 years that this board has been in existence, people have come and go. I never like to see long-standing members leave, but I'm not going to take time out of my busy life to try and convince them to stay. That's a dead-end. I found that out the hard way with a certain member who is now passed. I reviewed the thread in question after Paul messaged me and I honestly did not see how one could possibly construe what Jim wrote as a threat, unless English isn't one's first language. Paul even admitted in his PM to me that he didn't think Jim was going to travel to NY and hunt him down. So I really don't understand what the hubbub is about. I figured I'd just let things take their course rather than intervene. Perhaps I should've sent Jim a message, but are we not all adults here? If you have an issue with something that someone says, then say so, perhaps best in a private message. When they tell you that you are misinterpreting their intention, then take them at their word. Seems pretty easy to me. Nobody here is new to the internet. Sometimes the things we type are misconstrued. Sometimes we get offended by something someone states and often times they don't mean to be offensive. People think different. Such is life. I am rather disappointed in the personal attacks towards Jim in this thread. I don't think that is deserved at all and they certainly went far beyond what Jim is accused of towards Paul.
  19. Nearly 1.5 million posts.

    It's amazing! Congrats everyone!
  20. New server and increased cost...

    Hi friends, Those that have been members of this board since 2003 have seen us change hosting companies several times. We started with a shared server space via an Ann Arbor, MI based web-hosting platform then migrated to a Dallas, TX company, still on a shared server. As the forum grew it became clear that a shared server platform would not work because of the bandwidth limitations, so we moved to a our own dedicated server in 2008 thanks to a friend of mine who was vice president of Liquid Web. Liquid Web is a Lansing, MI based company, right here in my hometown, so it made me happy to keep the money in the local economy and my friend provided me with a $300 per month server for only $150 a month. Well, that poor server is now 10 years old and showing its age. I cannot even upgrade to the latest version of the forum software because the server cannot run the PHP and MySQL versions required. We are currently two iterations behind and that leaves us susceptible to security issues. Unfortunately my friend retired so I cannot reach out to him to extend that super buddy deal. It looks like the least expensive option to upgrading our server is to get a brand new one with much more RAM (that's our biggest limitation right now and why the site is sometimes so slow) and a SSD RAID array for backups. The cost is $209 a month, which is $59 more per month than we're paying now or $708 more per year, bringing our total yearly costs up to $2578. The extra $70 is for the Invision Power Board yearly license (aka the forum software). Having a valid license gives us tech support and access to bug fixes. I wanted to ask you all if this is something you will support. If not, I'll keep rolling along as we are and hope for the best; mostly that we don't get attacked by hackers exploiting the security holes in this old software. I certainly cannot float that monthly cost myself. I have done so several times the past year for the current $150 a month package. The donations are coming in decently now but during the late summer / fall months, I paid for the server out of my own pocket for the most part. If we decide to do this collectively, then I'll be much more vocal about donations. I've attached the proposal from Liquid Web Jim A..pdf Thoughts?
  21. I have this new server which I upgraded to last year in order to support the latest version of Invision Power Board, the software this forum uses. However, I cannot do the upgrade myself (I simply don't know enough about it) and unfortunately my hosting company, which used to be super cool and help me with this stuff, was recently sold and no longer offers any assistance in these matters. Does anyone here understand this stuff? PHP, MySQL, CPanel, etc? Essentially we need to backup the site then upgrade the forum software and database per the Invision instructions. We have to do it manually as the automatic update feature doesn't work (I'm too many versions behind). Thanks!
  22. Is anyone here a server specialist / software person?

    A volunteer would be great because I can't afford to pay anyone unless I want to up our 2019 fundraising goal to cover it.
  23. New server and increased cost...

    Bumpage... new 2019 fundraiser launched today. Thanks everyone.
  24. EDIT: The album is completed and available here - THEO at the Big O Store I've been busy the last three years or so writing and recording a progressive rock album. The band is called THEO (my middle name is Theodore) and the album opens as follows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_6OXW_cDO0 That's about half the first song. The first three songs are interlinked, about 30 minutes long all together, and deal with themes of corporatism. Hey, it's prog. For those interested, there's a FB page and a very simple website up. I'm going to launch a crowd-funding campaign soon.
  25. Per request, and following a two year tradition, here are some holiday tunes for you! We recorded three new tunes today. Enjoy and HAPPY HOLIDAYS! (NOTE: To download, right click the song title and choose "save as" from the menu) 1) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (4:52) 2) A Child Is Born (5:03) 3) Funky Drummer Boy (4:43) HO HO HO! Oh yeah, here are the tunes from the last three years as well. That's seven tracks! Hell, you've got yourself an organissimo Christmas CD already! Aren't you lucky? 4) O Christmas Tree (4:41) 5) The Christmas Song (4:59) 6) Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (4:19) 7) Christmas Time Is Here (8:23) In all seriousness, here's hoping that you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and thank you for all your support of organissimo! Here's a Soundcloud playlist as well: