thanks for the kind words. I think it's good and useful hence me trying to let other people have a go with it!
So far the tenner and the pleasure of seeing something he made being discussed by grown ups as a valuable tool is enough payment for him, my next project may well cost me an arm and a leg!
As to your points....
We're open to ideas on saving... currently as you say projects just exist on my Synology (in a MariaDB database) so in future if raspberry towers were to host this app/site then they would have significantly better backup policies than me!
Otherwise I can maybe get Jack to let you download the database entry for each project as a text file that you could then keep safe, and maybe use to upload to the site somehow.
He's more than willing to share the actual website code (he knows how much I like open source) so you could host your own version on your own localhost? it'll probably work hosted on a pi....
we were going to investigate github or something to put it all on (but don't know anything about it so may well be a while....)
I print my projects to PDF and paper so that's my backup!!
I have no idea about bendy wires. I'll ask him!
the 2 things i've asked him to do on the website are
1) make it clear that the username/password thing is just to seperate people's projects and is NOT SECURE IN ANY WAY so don't use your banking password...
possibly were going to investigate hashing the password and seeing if i could make the website httpS (as in secure) somehow...
2) put a "feedback" thing in that will email him with people's requests (without showing his email address anywhere)
so if the feedback thing appears next week (hey he's a teenager and the weekend means going out with his mates) ,anyone can use it to submit ideas to improve piboard!
if anyone here knows the raspberry pi towers lot, see if they will host piboard then a lot of my logistic problems go away