Tuesday, May 03, 2005

I'm back.

After I moved to San Francisco, I continued to host crazybob.org on an old PC connected to DSL in my friend's basement back in St. Louis. Busy with my new job, I kept procrastinating migration. Big mistake. A month or so ago the DSL provider went out of business without notice, and crazybob.org dropped off the face of the Earth. I figure now is as good a time as any to try something new. This time around I plan on leaving the responsibility of hosting in someone else's hands, and with the help of Godaddy and Google, I might even manage to save some money. I've been using Gmail for my email. Godaddy forwards emails for crazybob.org directly to my Gmail account, and I configured Gmail to set the "Reply-To" header to my crazybob.org email address. Emails still appear to be from my Gmail account, but it's a lot better than maintaining my own IMAP server. The transition to Gmail from Mail.app was a little rocky at first, but I seriously dig how Gmail handles conversations. I'm using Blogger to publish my blog to my server at Godaddy. I settled on Blogger because I found that some of the more dynamic blog tools tend to require a lot more RAM which seems to mean disproportionately higher hosting fees. I like how Blogger publishes static files. It's the ideal caching implementation. I'm looking forward to posting to my blog directly from Gmail. I chose to host the blog myself rather than on Blogger's web site so that I could upload custom files and PHP scripts and use my domain name directly. I also finally tried Flickr after a friend sent me a Pro account. I'm addicted. It was just the inspiration I needed to organize my photos from the past year. I even cleared off my camera phone. I can't wait to start blogging photos (apparently Flickr can even post directly to Blogger). I'm not completely sold in the long term (I still might end up uploading to my site directly from iPhoto), but I thought it was really cool when I tagged a picture of me in a "Vote for Pedro," t-shirt, and I was able to see everyone else in their shirts. Now that I have the administration headaches behind me (knock on wood) and things are settling down with the move, I'll have more time for blogging and working on Dynaop. Stay tuned! P.S. No frames this time either. ;)


Blogger Patrick Lightbody said...

Welcome "back", Bob! I'm curious to hear how blogger gets hit by spammers. I use MT and spam is insanely ridiculous at this point.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

As you can see, unlike the content, the Blogger comments are actually hosted on blogger.com. I would think this would make identifying spam a lot easier, but we'll see.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you link to Dynaop may be wrong - you have dyanop.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Eugene Kuleshov said...

It is good to see your site back again. I was looking for your tree html/xsl widget you've blogged about other day. Do you still have it?

8:40 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Nick, fixed. Thanks for the heads up.

eu, I'll see if I can track it down. I go back to St. Louis at the end of the month at which point I'll be able to get it off of my old server.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

Hi Bob,

I really liked what you'd written about testing with mocks. I bookmarked the link at http://www.crazybob.org/roller/page/crazybob/20040120, but it's gone now :-(

6:09 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Google's cache remembers: http://tinyurl.com/basnw

9:46 AM  

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