I’ve been on the mailing list for Basecamp for a year, and I’ve never tried it out. They recently sent an email about a free todo list web application based on their Basecamp site. I tried out the todo list, and decided it was worth setting up a simple project with their free Basecamp profile.
So far, it looks promising. I like the fact that they charge per project and not per person. I also like that they allow you to export the project milestones in iCal format. My wife uses a Mac, and I use a PC with Firefox browser on either Linux or Windows.
I tried a few different ways of setting up my laptop, and I ended up installing Windows on partition 3 once and then temporarily removing the partitions and installing it on partition 0. After that I resized the partition and installed Linux and Grub as the bootloader. I thought that everthing was straightforward, but I somehow ended up with a boot screen showing both options. So I did a bit of digging and found this page that talked about the basics of the boot screens. Simply deleting the reference to partition 3 made my Windows boot directly without the need to make a selection after my Grub choice.
OK. I’ve gone from MoveableType to Blogger to Blosxom to Pebble, back to Blogger, and now to WordPress. I’m impressed with the interface. It’s much easier to work with than most other systems I’ve been on.
I’ve tried to structure the permalinks so that they’re easy to port to another system later on. I’ve eliminated the dates from them altogether. I figure I’d prefer to make my titles unique anyway, and you shouldn’t have to know the date of a post to link to it. Let me know if you’d like to see it differently.
So my next set of work is to bring all my old posts in. I’ve never caught any of my blogs up to date yet, so cross your fingers. I just might do it.
UPDATE: I’ve changed my permalink structure back to the traditional /archives/year/month/day format since it had some unexpected side effects. My calendar no longer had valid links for day summaries, and I really want that. I just supposed (naively, I guess) that archive links to months and days would always force a date structure on the URL but the truly permanent link could be constructed without any date information using a purely unique identifier. Maybe I’ve just been staring a Russel Beattie‘s permalinks too long.
After being thoroughly frustrated with the inability of my hosting service to handle the traffic that my Eclipse post generated, I’m trying out Blogger. I had an account here way back, but wanted more features and better control. They updated their site a while ago, but I was in the midst of my own blog hosting. Now I’m back to check it out.
Ok. I’ve got my most popular article ported over to Blogger. I now have my domain registrar pointing my domain name at a server I own running Apache. I use URL rewriting to ensure old article permalinks still work. I also use the mod_proxy to send all requests to Blogger. I host my own images, since Blogger doesn’t host any.
I’ll be backporting my entries for a while, then tweaking my templates. After that, I’ve got some great stuff to write on my recent work with using Spring, JMS, and threads to process hundreds of thousands of messages.