Originally Posted by gsr
But do your guides list various combinations of components to serve different purposes (such as low end, mid range, high end, workstation, file server, etc.) like ReneTHX's guide does (did?)? If not, then your guides and his aren't interchangeable. I'm not implying there's no value in your guides, but IMHO ReneTHX's guides played a role that no other guide I'm aware of can replace at this time.
I never said they were interchangeable. But its pretty easy to put together a "low end, mid range, high end" system based on the parts that I have used and recommend. I also have a set of server guides but I am not going to make those free. Let's put it this way --- I tested and created my initial AVS hardware guides and received 32 voluntary donations over a 12 month span. So we are talking less than $400 total people thought my time and guides were worth over that time which amounts to about $30 per month. Look, I am all for helping out the HTPC community but how am I (or renethx) supposed to realistically create and update guides let alone devote some of my precious free time long term to such a cause?
That's why I say that paid guides are the way to go as it keeps the poster interested and somewhat invested in the guides. There are thousands of free HTPC/PC guides out there that were posted and then soon forgotten.
There is a reason that Renethx is most likely gone and its because you just can't do what he did for the paltry amount that people paid him. I agree with him that it takes about $1000/month minimum
to test and create hardware guides. So unless someone at AVS is going to step up and invest $12,000+ a year for a set of hardware guides plus devote their free time to them it just isn't going to happen. It also isn't just the parts that cost money but also his time which is even tougher to put an evaluation on. Creating and updating guides is another full time job so you are looking at another $2000+ per month in compensation to likely make it worth his while.
So its no surprise that he no longer posts or is active. I hope that he is setting up a paid website where he can get compensated for his time, knowledge and expertise. I know that I will be one of the first to sign up if he indeed creates such a place.