Insufficiently Random

The lonely musings of a loosely connected software developer.

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Joining the blog'osphere

So I just switched to MovableType. I'm not sure how happy I am with the platform yet - time will tell. My old platform was a set of .html files I never modifed - ever. The last update I made to them was Feb 1, 2004. Some quick figgurin' in Perl says its been 41,986,800 seconds since I last changed anything on this website. I'm just such a slacker.

I was planning on quickly hacking together a blog engine based on latex2html and some XSLT to construct article entries from LaTeX source. I'm very much against writing HTML by hand and I'm such a vi nut that I really hate using any text editor other than vi... but MovableType nicely offers up a free version, so I thought I should at least give it a try. At $69 or whatever for the personal edition it may be a good buy if I really start to use it.

Of course now I realize that with my content stored in a database on the web server I can't automatically include it into my nightly backup routine of my fileserver at home. *sigh* I guess this means I now have to rig up a crontab on my home fileserver to SSH into the web server, dump the database, then drag the file back prior to my normal filesystem backups starting up. Being your own sysadmin is such a time consuming task... at least I don't also maintain the webserver, my long-time friend Andrew at Plexpod does that for me! :-)


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