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After a year of tweaking and putting it off, I've finally flipped the switch on the new version of

Way back in 2004, when I first launched this site (under a somewhat more unusual name), I opted not to write something from scratch to run it. No sense in reinventing the wheel.

What I picked was bBlog, an open source PHP and MySQL blogging platform. It was Smarty-based, easy to extend, and easy to administer. There was a nice community developing plugins for it and pushing development along.

Unfortunately, bBlog's development slowed ... and then ground to a halt. Eventually, the project was declared dead. And so began my quest to move to a new platform.

After lots of umming and ahhing, and after trying a few alternatives and asking for suggestions on Twitter, I decided to give MODx a try. It looked like a capable system, easy to extend and modify, and reasonably powerful.

I also decided to change my hosting package. JaguarPC had hosted my site without too much trouble for a couple of years, but I wanted to learn my way around server management, so I opted for a Slicehost package.

And because all good things come in threes, and everything else was going to be new, I decided to put together a new design too. The old one was thrown together rather hastily and although it worked, I wanted to make a clean start.

So here we are ... MODx, Slicehost, new design. There are bound to be a few teething problems (please let me know if you have any problems), but this will also allow me to add some of the new things I've been wanting to do for a while. To that end, comment replies have now been added - woohoo!

Known Issues

  • Most tools not working.
  • "Remember Me" not working on comments.
  • Live preview not working on comments.

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