I just did a check on the new server that's hosting the weblogs.com sites, and everything looks fine. Rogers has written a FAQ that explains what's going on. Here's a list of all 3018 sites on the new server. And a page that creates a backup copy of a site (please please use it). So the first part of the transition is complete. Unless something goes wrong, there's only one more step, which will happen gradually over the next week, redirecting the old URLs to the new ones. We have to do this slowly and watch carefully because this will put the stress on the system that caused the outage last weekend. We may have to optimize, or only redirect the sites that are being maintained. No matter what they'll get the highest priority. But the biggest part of the transition is now complete. Happy. Thanks to Rogers for adopting the bloggers, and thanks to the users of weblogs.com for their patience and understanding. I am sorry for the rough ride, I wish it had been smoother. We all learned a lot, and that's cool, and for the most part we're all still friends. I think the weblogs.com community will go in new interesting directions now, being reborn in fire isn't necessarily a bad thing. I'm definitely part of the community, and will help any way I can.
Some things work and I have no idea how. For example, here's a page that ranks sites on buzzword.com by hits today and hits since June 16 (when the server was started up). How is this being maintained? Even though I wrote all the code, I have no idea! Oy. I'll dig into it later.
IdeaForest.Net is offering Manila hosting for $3 per month. "You don't need a PhD in HTML." Amen.
BBC: "A group of retired US diplomats and generals has condemned the foreign policy of the Bush administration as ideological and callously indifferent."
FCC: The History of the Internet.
John Robb and I certainly have had our differences over hosting issues, so it's especially nice to get some help from him.
Jeremy Wright: "I agree with John Robb completely."
Sean Gallagher: "It's yet another barn-raising , Internet style -- with a few people to do the work, and an unlimited supply of hecklers."
Thanks to Jerry Pournelle for the kind words of support. I do have an email address. It's dave at scripting dot com. Or dwiner at cyber dot law dot harvard dot edu.
ThoughtStorms: RSS as a river.
Sun Labs has an RSS feed for tech notes.
NY Times: "President Bush should apologize to the American people."
Good morning. I've got a van rented, and am moving non-essential everyday things down to NYC. It's raining and hugely muggy. It's my father's 75th birthday today. The transition is going smoothly, Rogers is introducing people to their newly relocated sites in groups of ten. We're monitoring the server carefully to see how it's performing.
Wes Felter said he was glad I "did the right thing." I've known Wes since 1995, nine years, I think he was 15 then. Yesterday, talking with Steve Gillmor, he asked me about Steve Kirks. I told him Steve is super-smart, young, ambitious, a learning sponge, tough, but fair. As I described him, I said he's like the people I like to work with. I said "like Brent Simmons," knowing that Gillmor knows Brent. I was also thinking of Wes Felter, who I used to work with. Anyway, Wes should have known I would do the right thing. I asked him, in an email, when have you known me to cut a corner? And I said next time, and there will be a next time, it would be nice if the people who know me, would say publicly that I am honest and hard-working, and to give me a chance. The reason so many of these people say ever-more-damning things about my integrity, is that no challenges them. Every time it's like starting from zero, I have to prove that I'm not the cretin they cast me as. Next time, would the Internet have a memory please, and would the people who know me, who even would like to think of themselves as my friends, say something, publicly, so people know.
I don't care about the people who attack, I know they're trying to get me to care, but I've been through this so many times, I can see how they're working. They don't even try to tell the truth anymore, probably because they know no one will check up on them, and if they act like they know me well, lots of people will assume they do. Mark Pilgrim showed me how this works, by talking about decisions I made, as if he were there, when they happened years before he was involved. Sam Ruby is starting to do the same thing (or at least not objecting when other people assume he's not the newbie that he is). Other people don't tell you why they have personal reasons to be bitter, and why people, if they knew, would take what they say with a grain of salt, and maybe even be appalled at how they're being used. What really gets to me is how people who say they're my friend, stand by, and say nothing. When that happens, we cross off friendship as an option. Friends stand beside friends, even if it causes a bit of conflict. I've learned that friendship is a very rare thing, or maybe other people don't consider the importance of the glass ball, but I thought I should say that it's this standing-alone-thing that is most hurtful, to me. And I think it's why they choose me to attack, by the way. After years of service, actually decades, I feel I have earned the benefit of the doubt. And I didn't get it.
I'm a big, strong, intelligent, self-reliant male. Our culture acts as if such people never need help. "Be a man," they say. Enough of that bullshit. Inside every strong self-reliant male is a scared kid, who doesn't think he's going to get out of this alive. The attackers are dispropotionately women. Do you think maybe they're using me to get even for how someone treated them? A father, a brother, an uncle, an ex? Does our culture let them be abusers, assuming the man is always wrong, guilty until proven innocent? I've been in this big strong body for a long time, and I gotta tell you, it's a rare thing when people consider your feelings in how they deal with you. I think some people take advantage of that too.
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