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Blog replaced

Hello, it's been quite a long time.

Needless to say, the real world caught up with me a long time ago and I ran out of time/motivation to update the blog, so it sat stagnant for several years. I've finally gotten around to replacing the old and unmaintained blogging software with a static generator, so the blog is now just plain static pages. The process was kind of hacky -- fetch the existing blog with curl, parse it with a regex script in Python, and feed it to the homegrown not-XSLT generator that I had -- but it works, and now it's UTF-8 (ish) and gzip-optimized.

One unfortunate change is that the comments have been dropped. As part of the conversion process I had to fix the blog posts so use well-formed tags so the static generator could parse it. This took a bit of work for the posts themselves and unfortunately the comments would have been a lot more manual work. The comments had already been shut off for some time due to persistent spam, and this was the inevitable next step. For all that comments on various posts, thank you for the discussions over the years.

The RSS/Atom feeds are also gone. Not much point in having them when I rarely update, and Firefox dropped feed support a while ago (which I'm still sore about).

I'm not sure where I'll go from here, but with the blog converted over to a simple build process maybe I'll post occasionally here again.


This blog was originally open for comments when this entry was first posted, but was later closed and then removed due to spam and after a migration away from the original blog software. Unfortunately, it would have been a lot of work to reformat the comments to republish them. The author thanks everyone who posted comments and added to the discussion.