It's after 5am and I'm still up. Why? I just completed standing
up the blog portion of my new site and I'm pretty excited.
The full site migration is far from over, but the bones are
there, and the blog content has been all moved over.
My blog (first picture below) has had roughly the same look for
a number of years now. I've updated the background and the header
graphic, but everything else has been pretty static. The platform
was also getting pretty old and crusty. My web site (second
picture) has been the same since around 2003 when I did the last
overhaul. It is a regular asp.net 2.0 site (started on asp.net 1.0)
that is both hard to maintain and publish to. Plus, I get fun
things like it freaking out (see photo at right..er bottom - need
to fix that style) because I didn't handle some exception case
One of the more exciting things for me is to have a lab section on the new site. Blog
posts are very time-oriented, and I needed something that would
transcend that and be more project-focused. The lab is just stubbed
out for now, but this is where you'll find the interesting projects
I've been working on.
I'm in the process of completely switching over to Umbraco
CMS. Umbraco is an ASP.NET, open source content management system.
While there are some tools to help, it's not really a blogging
platform. Turning it into one has taken me a while. I still have
some things to go (like trackbacks, some image formatting in posts,
and spiffing up the comments a bit), but most of the hard work is
The folks on http://our.umbraco.org forums
have been awesome in helping me diagnose issues and get up and
running on the platform. Umbraco truly has a great community.
I wrote the converter code to move from Community Server to
Umbraco (with Blog4Umbraco 4), as well as the http module to
efficiently retain all the old community server urls. I'll post the
interesting bits from those in a future post.
While the story behind my old domain name was
interesting, the name itself was really wearing on me. I
went on a search for a new domain name that would capture the
essence of my interests. To that end, I picked . It's short,
memorable, and it speaks commodore. For all the details regarding
the new name, check out the about
page on the new site.
I'm looking forward to continuing work on this platform. It's
great to have my two sites finally unified into a single platform
that is easy to modify (both in source and out of source) and easy
to publish to.