Site back to normal

It’s entirely possible that this site is now working as well as it was before I moved it to a new server.

The previous hosts, TextDrive decided to shut up shop in a hurry (a long story) and, like many others, I had less than two weeks to move most of my sites to a new server. Everything but Pepys and the Tumblrs.

Most of it took about 16 hours in total — I kept track because I was curious. A lot of it went more smoothly than expected, with plenty of things working once a few file paths were changed. Assuming we ignore the twelve hours during which my family’s email failed.

The most complicated was my own site, a historic tangle of Movable Type, a lot of custom PHP, two databases, and a bunch of scripts. I’m amazed how much still works, after a little encouragement, given its age. I would still like to rationalise all this into one codebase, like I did with Pepys just over a year ago, which is now a much more coherent single Django site. But, you know, finite time.

The 16 hours didn’t include re-writing the Perl script which took my links from Pinboard and made a daily Movable Type blog post from them. The extremely helpful support at WebFaction, my new home, were unable to work out how to get the DBD::mysql module installing correctly. Eventually it seemed simpler to rewrite that in Python (on GitHub, in the unlikely event you’re in the same situation), leaving me gloriously free of any Perl scripts, if we don’t look in the direction of all of Movable Type.

It’s times like this that I think of whenever I consider registering a new domain name, or starting a new project. They all seem like good ideas when you begin but if you have any desire to keep things online and working for years (never mind decades) this tedious operation is the ever-increasing overhead required.

For the record, this time around I had to move these sites:

Hmm, 16 hours doesn’t seem too bad I guess.

26 Mar 2014 at Twitter

  • 07:58am: IT'S (STILL) CAPITALISM. TAKE IT!
  • 09:36am: @antimega @mattb I had some very nice toasted banana bread at the Milk Bar, which is not the same, but was nice.
  • 09:44am: @alicebartlett @paulpod I had no idea there were so many. There’s .justforu . I don’t understand any more.
  • 02:09pm: @designswarm That would be tricky for some of us.
  • 03:11pm: “The life of a simple hacker changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.” A Notting Hill-style movie about Shoreditch.
  • 03:13pm: “Shoreditch”, by Richard Curtis, starring Martin Freeman and Scarlett Johansson.
  • 03:14pm: @blaine I’m not sure I can see Hollywood thinking that’s the way the world should work!
  • 03:18pm: @blaine Maybe it would depend who funds the movie… Perhaps Zuckerberg will start funding movies with his preferred narratives.
  • 03:44pm: @mattb #AuthenticLondonTours
  • 05:21pm: @ade_oshineye Could simple booksellers still afford to live in Notting Hill?
  • 05:27pm: @ade_oshineye In ‘Shoreditch’, Martin Freeman’s character inherits Apple stock.
  • 06:50pm: Tempted to declare “to read” bankruptcy. Or take a year off to catch up. http://t.co/HLGLBUi7N9
  • 06:57pm: @danielfogg Yeah, but it’s a record of what’s physically on my bookshelf, so harder to casually move on!
  • 07:52pm: @alicebartlett “But my house will hurt more than your watch would when I shove it up your arse!”
  • 07:54pm: I think I’ve finally got all my websites moved, and all the many, many moving parts working again: http://t.co/mdSpxe0BRw
  • 08:05pm: @knolleary Oops, thanks! I thought it was working last time I looked. Will fix.

Music listened to most that week

  1. Moderat (18)
  2. Shuggie Otis (16)
  3. Robyn (15)
  4. Gene (11)
  5. Ibibio Sound Machine (10)
  6. Allen Toussaint (8)
  7. Sky Ferreira (8)
  8. Imed Alibi (8)
  9. The Meters (4)
  10. Dinosaur Jr. (3)

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