status update

It seems my primary use of this blog for the last six years has been to talk about the changes in its hosting and make vague promises to update more.  This post is no exception!

I’ve moved the blog to WordPress hosted by Pressable, and, kidding aside, one of the things I like about WordPress is that I do find that the activation energy required to make a post is much lower than my previous self-hosted solution.

Mostly this is a shake-down post to figure out what integrations are still running from the old site and what new ones I want to put in place, and expect some dust as everything comes together, but hopefully there will be actual new content here soon.  (Promises, promises.)

another new server

Wow, it's been a bit over two years (and very few updates) since I last blogged here. Is anybody still reading?

The wheel of Ubuntu releases turns, and LTS releases come and pass, and it's time to retired the Lucid box in favor of a shiny new Trusty box, since Lucid is reaching the end of its life in a scant few months.

The same caveats apply as last time — everything will show as having been recently updated. The text hasn't changed.

I have a nifty new deployment setup for this with, which I should blog about some time. Suffice it to say, it's a cool service, and very straightforward to get integrated.

I'm hoping to dust this blog off to talk a bit about some of the work I'm doing at Akamai. Watch this space. 🙂

new server

If you can see this, it means that DNS has updated and the site has successfully transitioned to a new server. Updates will happen in a staggered fashion as DNS caches time out and requery, the worst-case latency being four hours, so you may see this update on the site well before you see it in your RSS reader, for example.

The motivation for the switch was that the old server which was hosting this site had become kind of a Christmas-tree box (services hanging off it like ornaments, without much regard for their similarity), and the site is important enough to me as a marketing tool that I didn't want any downtime (hi, potential employers!), so I've moved it to dedicated hosting while I rebuild the old box.

Known issues: As a consequence of the move, many older blog posts will appear to have been updated very recently. Older versions of ikiwiki, the software I use to run the site, pulled page creation and modification time off disk rather than from the version control system, and new server means new disk means new creation and update times. I wrote some code to fix the creation times, but that means that everything I touched looks as though it was updated last Sunday, because it was. Rest assured that nothing material has changed. (And if you don't believe me, the Internet Archive will probably provide older versions of the pages.)

I believe everything else to be working properly, but if you see anything that's broken, please let me know, either by e-mail or in the comments.

minor site updates

If you've visited the site recently, you may have noticed some cosmetic and usability changes. If you haven't, they're not earth-shaking, so you needn't drop everything you're doing and check it out! (Though, I mean, you can if you want to. Don't let me stop you.) I do hope they will make the site better-looking and easier to use.

Notably, the tag cloud, which was hanging out, unstyled, at the top of this main content box, has moved to the sidebar to the left and gotten some styling so it looks like an actual tag cloud. Also, the site now has an actual archive, also quicklinked in the sidebar to the left, and I've gone back and mostly fixed the organization of the early posts, so everything should be easier to find now. (Though not too easy; some of that stuff is embarrassing. We were freshmen once, and young — in high school, even! 😉

Please let me know if you encounter any problems.