The decision to move to wordpress from my own code base was the result of a long path.
As I’ve mentioned before, TNL.net recently experienced a major crash. As a result, I had to rethink a lot of things and took the time of looking into what tools I was using. Well, it’s been about 5 years since I started writing my own blog software and I decided that this little piece of code should now be junked. I’ve just replaced it with a new back-end that is powered by WordPress. The process was not easy as I had to move data from my own proprietary database to the wordpress one, a process that is still on-going (notice the limited amount of comments on recent posts, well, there’s your reason) That said, I think most everything should look about the same and I will write a future entry about the migration.Read More
A few days ago, I noticed some traffic coming from a site I hadn’t seen before. Apparently, I had been classified as a B-list blogger. The site, called Blogebrity, has since started to garner a fair amount of attention. I caught up with one of the site’s creators over IM. Here’s a quick IM interview, done in the style Jason blogs in: TNLNYC: Congrats on the slashdotting. How are your server and ego holding up? blogebrity: well, right now we’re hosted on the Contagious Media servers, which seem to be weathering all the traffic storms well. As for ego… Nothing like a nice slashdotting to keep you somewhat humble… somewhat being an operative word haha TNLNYC: Here’s a dumb, and possibly recursive, question: when will blogebrity appear on the blogebrity list? blogebrity: HA! Well, as we work to make the system fully automated, i guess it is possible, based on the criteria we designate, we COULD turn up there but man….right now we’d definitely catch some heat for it. TNLNYC: and what are those criteria? blogebrity: well, we’re trying to basically take it from a more Yahoo-style index (with a lot of human editing), to something more Googleish and algorithmic……Read More
Just received an email from some friends that a fellow journalist we know, Micah Garen, is in serious trouble. When I learned the kind of trouble he’s in, I was shocked as it turns out that Micah has been kidnapped by armed insurgent in Iraq and could possibly be their next victim. I worked with Micah at Earthweb in the mid-90s. He’s a really nice guy and a great journalist. Not only that, but he’s also a great developer, who helped us launched the initial push channel for the developer.com network, back in 1997. Please help spread the word about this…. Update Beyond spreading the word, you should also try to call your elected representatives to voice your concern on this. Ask them to contact Jenny Fu at the State Department. She’s the one monitoring the situation. Update 2 Australian News reports that Moqtada al-Sadr is intervening. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. Update 3 The Associated Press reports that the militants have promised to release him today (08/20/04). Update 4 The Associated Press reports that kidnappers have lifted their death threats (08/21/04). Update 5 (Final) Micah has been released! Score +1 for the good guys… and here’s to hoping other…Read More
For those of you actually using the site instead of reading this via a newsreader, I would like to announce that the site now has a new search capability. Among some of the changes in that new package are ditched the Google search to implement my own: This increases the flexibility in terms of presentation and allows me to provide more metadata Modified Search algorithm to better group pages: This is largely based on the organization of the site, something that Google does not seem to recognize Ability to subscribe to a search via RSS, which means another part of the site is now syndicated! I plan to continue improving that section of the site to give users more flexibility but thought you would enjoy it.Read More