Moving Servers

Dear Internet:

I am currently in the process of moving this weblog from one server to another. The old server was having troubles that my hosting service was unable to figure out how to fix, so I’m relocating to one of their shiny new boxes with Solaris on it. Things may be slightly bumpy while I work out any kinks, but I should be a more cheerful blogger once the dust settles, since I won’t have to deal with the scourge of comment spam any longer. Hooray!

Your friend,


UPDATE: A big thank you to Greg Pierce, who pointed me to the excellent Bad Behavior plugin to help keep the comment spam in check.

Back Issues Online

I finally got around to fiddling with some code today to get my old weblog content imported here. You can now read all of my posts back to March 2000 if you have nothing better to do. (I assure you, however, you do.)

In other news, today is Abigail’s 11th birthday! Be sure to lavish love, affection, and extravagant gifts upon her if you happen to cross paths.

Moving to WordPress

This weblog has always been run on Conversant, an excellent groupware, weblogging and publishing tool created by Macrobyte Resources. I worked for the company back in 2000, and enjoyed that time immensely, thanks both to the superb people I was surrounded by and the great projects we got to work on together. It was a remarkable place, cranking out some cutting-edge communication software with a completely distributed workforce, spread across several states, countries, and time zones. Alas, we eventually all moved in different directions, though Conversant lived on and continued to grow and to be improved.

And while Conversant has served me personally long and well, I’m finally moving the website off of it and on to WordPress, a nifty open-source publishing system that lacks some of the really amazing features that Conversant boasts, but which is easier for me to tweak for myself and which has a large and active community of people doing interesting things with it. This is a tough decision, as I’ve invested a lot into Conversant, and am reluctant to let it go, but after dithering about it for a year, finally feel like the time has come for this site. (I’m still using Conversant for some of the applications I’ve developed for our church, and have no plans to move those any time soon.)

I’ve moved a bit of the old content over already, and will be bringing over more as I’m able to get it exported from the old site. The look and feel will likely change regularly for a while as I experiment and settle in to the new digs, so please be patient if you turn up one day and it suddenly looks like MySpace (eww). This too shall pass.