Twitter 宣佈要廢掉免費的 API 權限

昨天下午的時候看到這則官方在 Twitter 上提到的消息,要廢掉 free tier 的 API access:

但這邊提到的 paid basic tier 的價錢還沒看到公告。以「API Pricing - It’s very dark out here」這邊看到的價格,目前的 premium plan 超級貴:

這下看起來是真的得搬了,目前有好幾隻程式在上面跑 :o

OpenAI 推出 ChatGPT Plus

OpenAI 提出了 ChatGPT 的付費方案:「Introducing ChatGPT Plus」。

目前只開美國:

ChatGPT Plus is available to customers in the United States, and we will begin the process of inviting people from our waitlist over the coming weeks. We plan to expand access and support to additional countries and regions soon.

公告的價錢是 US$20/mo,基本上就是保證使用權。這跟之前有傳言 US$42/mo 叫 Professional 的方案低了不少:「ChatGPT users report $42 a month pricing for ‘pro’ access but no official announcement yet」:

The new subscription plan, ChatGPT Plus, will be available for $20/month, and subscribers will receive a number of benefits:

  • General access to ChatGPT, even during peak times
  • Faster response times
  • Priority access to new features and improvements

應該是會訂起來用,光是現在 free tier 就已經找到一些常用的模式,可以省下不少時間...

Vultr 更新流量計算方式

一時間沒找到在哪邊看到的,但的確是漏掉這個消息,早上看到去翻才注意到的... Vultr 在去年 11 月底宣佈更新流量的計算方式:「Vultr Announces Reduced Bandwidth Pricing, 2 TB of Free Monthly Egress, Free Ingress, and Global Pooling」。

這波費用的更新算是跟上另外兩家 (LinodeDigitalOcean) 的算法了,先前 Vultr 的算法就很古老 XD

第一個是 inbound traffic 不算錢了 (總算):

Data ingress will now be free.

再來是 traffic pool 的概念,現在每個帳號的流量會統一計算,而非每台機器自己計算:

All customers will receive global account-level pooling of transfer across all instances and locations.

然後是每個帳號都提供 2TB 的 free outbound traffic,這點有點放送的感覺:

Every Vultr customer will now receive two terabytes (2 TB) of free outbound data transfer every month, in addition to the transfer included with each subscription.

最後是超量的部份收費也簡化了,不管什麼地區都是 $0.01/GB:

Vultr will now offer a reduced, single worldwide egress overage rate of only $0.01 per GB.

最後這點有個值得操作的點:依照他的收費標準,超量 1TB 的流量需要付 $10 的費用,但你可以多租一台 $5/mo 的機器,這個方式提供了 1TB 的流量到 traffic pool 裡面。

Cloudflare 宣佈漲價

Cloudflare 寫了一篇很長的漲價公告:「Adjusting pricing, introducing annual plans, and accelerating innovation」。

25% 的漲幅,本來的 Pro Plan 從 $20/mo 漲到 $25/mo,本來的 Business Plan 從 $200/mo 漲到 $250/mo:

Cloudflare is raising prices for the first time in the last 12 years. Beginning January 15, 2023, new sign-ups will be charged $25 per month for our Pro Plan (up from $20 per month) and $250 per month for our Business Plan (up from $200 per month). Any paying customers who sign up before January 15, 2023, including any currently paying customers who signed up at any point over the last 12 years, will be grandfathered at the old monthly price until May 14, 2023.

然後丟出年費方案,就跟原來的月費方案寄算十二個月一樣的價錢 ($240/y 與 $2400/y):

We are also introducing an option to pay annually, rather than monthly, that we hope most customers will choose to switch to. Annual plans are available today and discounted from the new monthly rate to $240 per year for the Pro Plan (the equivalent of $20 per month, saving $60 per year) and $2,400 per year for the Business Plan (the equivalent of $200 per month, saving $600 per year). In other words, if you choose to pay annually for Cloudflare you can lock in our old monthly prices.

後面就是很長的解釋...

Prerender 從 AWS 搬回傳統機房的成本節省

Hacker News 上看到「We reduced our server costs by moving away from AWS (gitconnected.com)」這篇,原文在「How we reduced our annual server costs by 80% — from $1M to $200k — by moving away from AWS」這邊。

偶而會看到這類的報導,這次是 Prerender 這家的服務,從本來在 AWS 上的 $1m/y 降到 $200k/y (這邊都是用美金在計算)。

但好像沒提到第一次投資購買硬體花了多少錢,不過就以前的經驗上來說,把每個月非人力的 OPEX 加上 CAPEX 的各種攤提,大概會是雲端的 1/3 到 1/2 的費用。

近年來 k8s 以及各種架構愈來愈完整,很多技術也都收斂,慢慢變成業界標準了,不需要自己土砲搞一堆東西而導致產生可觀的維護成本。

crt.sh 上面搜尋 prerender.io 可以看到 Prerender 選擇的工具,像是在地端上面應該是用 k8s,然後有用 Sentry 以及 Redash

這個跟當年算過的經驗類似,startup 可以先上雲端把服務做起來,雲端的擴充性對於初期的幫助會很大 (先 scale up 撐住,再改寫成可以 scale out 的版本),而當量又大到一定程度時就反過來先問 discount,如果不滿意的話就可以規劃搬回地端。

Prerender 的量看起來超過臨界值不少,搬到地端省成本應該是蠻理所當然的...

Kagi 公佈了收費三個月後的進展

Kagi 公佈了收費三個月後的進展 (可以參考「Kagi 開始收費了」這篇):「Kagi status update: First three months」。

搜尋的部份 (Kagi 這個產品線),目前有 2600 個付費使用者,以 US$10/mo 的費用來算大概是 US$26K/mo 的收入:

Kagi search is currently serving ~2,600 paid customers. We have seen steady growth since the launch 3 months ago. Note, this is with zero marketing and fully relying on word of mouth. We prefer to keep things this way for now, as we are still developing the product towards our vision of a user-centric web search experience.

後面在講財務狀況也是類似的數字 (幾乎都是 Kagi 的付費收入):

Between Kagi and Orion, we are currently generating around $26,500 USD in monthly recurring revenue, which incidentally about exactly covers our current API and infrastructure costs.

這個收入差不多 cover 目前的 infrastructure 部份,但還有薪資與其他的 operating cost 大約在 US$100K/mo 這個數量級,看起來還有很大的距離:

Between Kagi and Orion, we are currently generating around $26,500 USD in monthly recurring revenue, which incidentally about exactly covers our current API and infrastructure costs.

That means that salaries and all other operating costs (order of magnitude of $100K USD/month) remain a challenge and are still paid out of the founders’ pocket (Kagi remains completely bootstrapped).

然後要大概是目前十倍的付費數量才會打平 (25K 個使用者):

We are planning to reach sustainability at around 25,000 users mark, by further improving the product, introducing new offerings and pricing changes. With the product metrics being as good as they are, we should be able to reach this as our visibility increases.

比較好一點的消息是 churn rate 很低:

Product stickiness is also very high, with churn being lower than 3%.

然後提到每個使用者大約 27 次查詢 (包括 free tier),有些 user 大約在 100 次,peak 是 400 次:

We are currently serving around 70,000 queries a day or around ~27 queries/day/user (this includes free users which are about 10% of total users). There is a lot of variance in use though, with some users regularly searching >100 times a day. Every time we see a search count go >400 times in day we are happy to be an important part of someone’s search experience.

我看了一下自己的用量,看起來偏高一些,但沒到他說的每天平均 100 次:

然後提到了推出新方案的計畫,包括 Teams Plan & Family Plan,而目前在跑的方案會被分類到 Individual Plans。

另外比較重要的是 Individual Plans 有漲價的計畫。新的方案預定分成三個層級,主要是增加了一個 Kagi Starter 的版本:

  • Kagi Unlimited - $19/mo or $180/year ($15/mo) or $288/biennial ($12/mo) - Original Kagi experience, with unlimited searches
  • Kagi Starter ($5/mo; 200 searches) - For casual users who make less than 200 searches per month
  • Free basic - 50 free searches that reset every month

漲不少,雖然有提到在漲價前既有的付費使用者將會維持原價:

If such change to Individual plans is to occur, we plan to grandfather-in all early adopters (meaning all current and future paid customers, up until this change) allowing them to keep their existing subscription price as long as they don’t cancel it.

繼續觀察看看...

Slack 宣佈漲價

Slack 宣佈了漲價的計畫:「Everything you need to know about our first price change and plan updates」。

從今年九月開始漲價,Pro 的月費從 US$8 漲到 US$8.75 (+9.375%),年費從 US$80 漲到 US$87 (+8.75%):

On September 1, 2022, monthly Pro plans will increase from $8 USD to $8.75 USD per user per month, and annual Pro plans will increase from $6.67 USD to $7.25 USD per user per month (pricing for other countries is available here).

現有用戶有一次用原價 renew 一年的機會:

Current customers on an annual Pro plan can lock in the existing annual rate of $6.67 USD per user per month for another year by early-renewing the annual Pro plan before September 1.

看起來八月底得來刷一下了...

Amazon EC2 有 Mac (M1) 機種可以租用了

2020 年年底的時候 AWS 推出用 Mac mini 配合搭建出 Mac (Intel) 機種:「Amazon EC2 推出 Mac Instance」,當初有計畫在 2021 年推出 M1 的版本:

Apple M1 Chip – EC2 Mac instances with the Apple M1 chip are already in the works, and planned for 2021.

不過就沒什麼意外的 delay 了,這次則是推出了 M1 的版本:「New – Amazon EC2 M1 Mac Instances」。

依照說明看起來還是 Mac mini,掛上 AWS Nitro System

EC2 Mac instances are dedicated Mac mini computers attached through Thunderbolt to the AWS Nitro System, which lets the Mac mini appear and behave like another EC2 instance.

然後跟 Intel 版本一樣,因為是掛進 Dedicated Hosts 的計價方式,雖然是以秒計費,但還是設定最低 24 小時的租用時間限制:

Amazon EC2 Mac instances are available as Dedicated Hosts through both On Demand and Savings Plans pricing models. The Dedicated Host is the unit of billing for EC2 Mac instances. Billing is per second, with a 24-hour minimum allocation period for the Dedicated Host to comply with the Apple macOS Software License Agreement. At the end of the 24-hour minimum allocation period, the host can be released at any time with no further commitment.

Intel 版本代號是 mac1,只有一種機種 mac1.metal,M1 版本代號是 mac2,也只有一種機種 mac2.metal

以最經典的美東一區 us-east-1 來看,mac1.metal 的 on-demand 價錢是 US$1.083/hour,mac2.metal 則是 US$0.65/hour,差不多是 60% 的價錢,便宜不少,大概是反應在硬體攤提與電費成本上了。

另外目前大家用 M1 的經驗來看,Rostta 2 未必會比原生的機器慢多少,雖然 mac1.metal 是 12 cores,mac2.metal 是 8 core,但以雲上面一定要用 Mac 跑的應用來說,馬上想的到的還是綁在 Apple 環境裡 CI 類的應用?

目前看起來主要的問題還是 24 小時的最小計費單位讓彈性低不少...

AWS 在同一區不同 AZ 頻寬費用的特別地方

剛好在處理 AWS 同一個 region 下不同 AZ 之間的傳輸費用,跟帳單互相比對,查了以後才發現跟想像中不一樣,這邊以 EC2 為例子,可以參考「Amazon EC2 On-Demand Pricing」這頁裡面的說明。

從 Internet 端進 AWS 的流量是不計費的:

Data Transfer IN To Amazon EC2 From Internet
All data transfer in $0.00 per GB

但從 AZ 進到另外一個 AZ 時,in 與 out 都要收費:

Data transferred "in" to and "out" from Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift, Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX), and Amazon ElastiCache instances, Elastic Network Interfaces or VPC Peering connections across Availability Zones in the same AWS Region is charged at $0.01/GB in each direction.

所以直接用 US$0.01/GB 的計算是不夠的,得用 US$0.02/GB 來計算。

同樣的,如果是 Public IP 與 Elastic IP 也都是雙向收費,跨 VPC 也是雙向收費,所以都要用 US$0.02/GB 來算:

IPv4: Data transferred “in” to and “out” from public or Elastic IPv4 address is charged at $0.01/GB in each direction.
IPv6: Data transferred “in” to and “out” from an IPv6 address in a different VPC is charged at $0.01/GB in each direction.

Telegram 推出 Premium 方案

Telegram 宣佈推出 Premium 了:「700 Million Users and Telegram Premium」。看了一下有點長度,就直接放 iThome 的報導:「Telegram正式推出付費訂閱服務Telegram Premium」。

更新 Telegram 後就會在 Settings 裡面看到 Premium 的設定可以選,然後看起來走 IAP,我自己是在台灣的 iOS 上面買,NT$160/mo,裡面提到的功能基本上都用不到 (大概只有 no ads),但還是買起來...