Saying Goodbye To Typo
Just a warning to say that service may be interrupted here on girtby.net over the next few weeks. In fact, outages are likely.
Unfortunately the underlying reason is Typo. Hence I have no choice but to migrate away from it.
My hosting provider has recently contacted me to say that my blog is again using up far too many resources on the shared server. CPU, RAM and database connection usage are all in excess of acceptable limits.
Recently I measured RAM usage at almost 128MB (!). It dropped to about 50MB after restarting, which seems to indicate some kind of memory leak. For now I've punted on this problem by restarting the blog engine every day using a cron task. As for the CPU and database connections, there are no quick fixes.
So I expect to soon migrate to Mephisto, another Rails-based blogging engine. This may or may not be any gentler on my hosting provider's servers, but it is a fairly straightforward migration path from Typo. So I'm going to try it and see. It has other advantages over Typo in that it does seem to be under active development (with a working website even) and one of the developers is also on the Rails core team. Which is nice.
The last resort solution is to go back to Wordpress, and I'm not looking forward to that, mainly because there's no standard for exported blog content. Someone should do something about that.
In any case I'm travelling so it's unlikely that the migration will be complete before the plug gets pulled on the current site. Santa, can you bring me a new blogging engine for xmas?