Rebirth of the Blog

I’ve been putting this off long enough.

I should start blogging again, but:

  • I need to move my blog back to my own domain
  • I need a better style for the blog
  • I need a better defined purpose for the blog
  • I need something to talk about

So it’s time to do something about it. I have moved the blog back to my own server. This should give me the flexibility to do what I want. WordPress.com is a great free service, but they put a lot of limits on what you are able to do. Example: they restrict the types of content you can embed. YouTube: yes, TileStack.com no. That is a big problem for me.

As for the rest of my reasons, I haven’t made any headway there, but I shouldn’t let that stop me. In theory, the content is the reason to visit the site, not the appearance. I can tweak and refine the style of the blog over time, as I continue to blog. I guess that means I’m under construction.

Under Construction

In any case, I’m going to try to post here on a more frequent basis. Some posts will be quick thoughts. Things that catch my eye. Others may be longer, more thought out. (I wouldn’t expect too many of those.) Some may be blatantly promotional for TileStack.com. (You should sign up for TileStack.com)

5 thoughts on “Rebirth of the Blog

  1. I remember those “under construction” icons back in the 90s. It seemed like every site had one, and most sites would keep them regardless of completion status. I know my site had one. Fun times.

  2. I have been looking through your site after I found your blog by searching for Sourceforge Sucks on Google. The blog that I was directed to was from 2006 so it was a little dated. I was wondering if you could answer a couple of questions for me. It seems that you are pretty knowledgable about the open source community. I am curious do you still carry the same opinion of Sourceforge? If so, why? Do you ever use it? If not what sites do you use for Open Source development?I own some stock in SourceForge and I am trying to figure out if they still represent to the open source community what they once did?

  3. A few years ago I helped run an open source project called ThinWire. We hosted the project at SourceForge because that was the only option for hosting an open source project where it might get noticed.SourceForge provided the basic tools that we needed (source control, issue tracking, discussion forums, and a download network), but the tools were all very lacking. There were much better open source tools to handle those things, but we wanted to be part of the greater community, so we went along with SourceForge.I am no longer involved with ThinWire, but I still have some interactions with SourceForge. They have done a lot of work on the user interface of the site, but in my opinion, that has made it worse. The tools are still very lacking and not well integrated.For tool sets, I recommend taking a look at trac (http://trac.edgewall.org/) and redmine (http://www.redmine.org/). If I were to start an open source project today, I'd still consider SourceForge, but I'd also take a serious look at Google Code (http://code.google.com/hosting/) and github (http://github.com/)

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