And We're Back
So girtby.net has been a bit quiet lately. You might have assumed that $WORK or $LIFE had both gotten crazy busy. In fact they had, but that's not the only reason why girtby.net was in stasis. There's a story behind that, but the short version is that I'm back. Not quite the same as before, but back.
Now, the long version.
The story starts about 6 weeks ago when my hosting provider kindly decided to upgrade the server I was hosted on. I had, and still have, a shared hosting account which means that they will do things like this from time to time. Most of the time it's a good thing.
This time it was a bad thing.
Previously I was running my blogging software (Mephisto) on Rails 2.0.2 on Ruby 1.8.6 on CentOS 4.7. In the server migration, CentOS went to 5.2 and Ruby went to 1.8.7. Rails 2.0.2 doesn't like Ruby 1.8.7.
During this time almost no one noticed that anything was awry at girtby.net, thanks to the fact that most of the site was being served directly out of the cache that Mephisto keeps/kept for performance reasons. Without any blogging software behind it, the site became a zombie. Minus the staggering gait and hunger for brains of course.
For the next couple of weeks in my copious spare time (which wasn't much after $WORK and $LIFE) I was trying to get Mephisto to work with Rails 2.2 which could work with Ruby 1.8.7. It soon became apparent that I was about the only person on the internets that was actually trying to do such a thing. And, well, screw that.
So I caved. And after dallying with the Rails floozy for all this time, I went grovelling back to old faithful Wordpress. Fortunately she took me back...
In my ~2.5 year absence Wordpress has addressed few of the gripes that I had about it previously, but it still looks like the best blogging platform available (which includes the surrounding development ecosystem).
There is some more blogging software navel-gazing to come, but that's enough for now.
Now if you'll excuse me I have to get back to making this place look respectable...