Scorched Earth

posted Aug 15, 2011, 1:16 AM by Bryn Moslow   [ updated Aug 15, 2011, 1:28 AM ]
I've spent the better part of the day "retiring" my old blog sites and repointing domains to this site. As part of this process I ended up setting up archive versions on local VMs at my house. It's been quite a trip through years of different blog software: phpNuke, PostNuke, Nucleus CMS, Wordpress, even some static HTML and old Perl I wrote myself. I ended up with VMs running both Debian 5.0 and CentOS 4.0 to support the various versions of PHP and such in a simple self-contained way I can move forward. Yeah, it's a little bit of a weird science project to think that I have a CentOS VM just to run PostNuke.

One thing I realized in doing this is that I've been "blogging" or creating site content off and on but fairly steadily since the late 1990's. Other people have photo albums and journals and I guess this is what I have - over a decade of web content.

I just got done removing everything but my Nucleus CMS site from my old web host. Doing this site on Google Apps is still a bit of an experiment to see how it works in the long term so I don't think I'm going to kill that one yet. It was still a little scary typing "rm -rf" on a lot of directories today. Sure, I've got backups, but that was a lot of configuration to undo.

For better or worse, this is the "main" site for now.