If you read this site in an RSS reader, you haven’t noticed anything, but if you drop in on the home page, you’ll see a brand new look for The Core Dump. The look is actually the default for a blog engine called Typo. (Yes, it’s the same as the Wordpress default.) Needless to say, the default look isn’t going to stay for long, even though it is pretty nice and mellow.
Why move over from Movable Type to a brand-new wet-behind-the-ears blog engine, you might ask? There are several reasons. Movable Type is a very good, mature engine, and has been solid as a rock here for several years, but it’s started to stagnate a bit; the fun and whimsy just isn’t there anymore. Also, some of the Movable Type weaknesses were starting to get annoying.
The biggest of those weaknesses really isn’t Movable Type’s fault, but rather a byproduct of their success: Being the biggest kid on the block makes you a target, and it seems every asshole comment spammer out there is targeting the platform.
But the main thing is the slowness. Posting takes forever and rebuilds take forever. Of course, running a site on a 450MHz G4 isn’t exactly a ticket to fastness, but it’s still annoying. Yes, I could have gone full-on live-PHP with Movable Type, but that would have been just as much work as switching engines, so why not just take the plunge?
The main reasons for switching over, however, are that a) I’m pretty damn impressed by Ruby on Rails and want to get more involved with it; b) it was time for me to get involved in some serious nerditry; and c) the Live Search feature is teh r0x0r. This is what AJAX is all about. Sexy, sexy stuff.
So we’ll see how Typo performs on my poor ghetto server and how stable it is over time. This should be a fun ride.
I’m going to put up a longer nerd post on Tech Goes Boom with the tech minutiae of migrating from Movable Type to Typo later on. Now it’s time to grovel over source code.
Posted Sunday, 08 May, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.