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21 April 2006 @ 01:51 am
Go Daddy, Dune, and Weblog Contemplations, in reverse order  
Wow. I've really been remiss in my "duties" here at LJ. I haven't been reading my friends list, I haven't been posting anything — I've just been generally absent and lazy. Actually, I've been busy. I've been busy with stuff that interferes with my blogging motivation, but have made an effort to start putting some time into it again nonetheless.

Part of the problem, of course, is that I've moved the longer, thoughtful stuff to my Standard Obfuscatory Babblings outlet. I rarely have only brief, superficial things to say, really, that I consider worth committing to the permanence of the web. Maybe dividing my weblogging efforts wasn't precisely the best idea, in retrospect, in terms of maintaining my current audience. Whoops.

I promised weblog contemplations in my title. Well, there were some. Here are more:
Blogging vs. Writing, Login vs. Spam
It's primarily a discussion of conflicting motivations between different outlets for the writing impulse. Well, maybe "compulsion" would be a better term than "impulse". I've been known to describe my "desire" to write as a hand reaching out of the blank page, grabbing me by the throat, and slamming my head against the desk repeatedly until I relent and start writing, and enough blood has flowed to provide all the ink I need. Differing outlets for that writing compulsion can have interference effects upon each other, however. See the link above for more.

While I'm at it: I'm watching part three of the Children of Dune miniseries, for the first time, as I write this. Actually, I'm watching an ad, or more precisely I'm trying to ignore it, until the miniseries comes back from this commercial break. In my surprise at how good it is, in contrast with the preceding Dune miniseries (which sucked awfully), I find myself inspired to reread the Dune chronicles by Frank Herbert, and wrote an expository contemplation of the Dune milieu in all its various incarnations. If you want to read about the non-ornithopters, poofy purple costumes, and the challenge of avoiding Dune burnout, that's the place to get it. There's even a Gay Eye for the Straight Guy reference.

In other news (as written by me, no less), I found it quite fascinating to discover that Go Daddy ditches open source OS then donates $10k to open source project. Those of you who care about news of the webhosting industry might find that story to be of interest — I know I did. Have a gander.

I think that's all for now. Back to your regularly scheduled LiveJournalling.
mirdonamymirdonamy on April 21st, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Autolatristapotheon on April 21st, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)

Er, wait. This means I'm a year older, again. Darnit.
mirdonamymirdonamy on April 21st, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
It's ok to get older.... wisdom comes with age and experience :)
Autolatristapotheon on April 23rd, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
That's the theory.
Alex Nagydarkknightradic on April 21st, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday and it looks as if its time for me to start hosting myself again.
Autolatristapotheon on April 23rd, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
As far as I'm aware, GoDaddy.com isn't moving normal webhosting to Windows — just domain parking. Still, if you're moving for ideological reasons, go for it. Let me know what webhosts you decide you like.
Alex Nagydarkknightradic on April 24th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)
I am. Slippery slope and all that.

Well, I'll probably host myself on a 486 Pentium. Gentoo, Apache, MySQL.
Autolatristapotheon on April 24th, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)
If that's what works for you, go for it. For myself, though — I'm not so keen on having to recompile Apache because of a bugfix.
Alex Nagydarkknightradic on April 24th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
It doesn't take that long, even on a 486, and I only generally upgrade for a major fix or version release.
Autolatristapotheon on April 24th, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
It may not take that long for someone who's used to compiling everything from scratch, but it seems pretty significant to me.
Alex Nagydarkknightradic on April 24th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
I dunno. I'd say I've only seen Apache take 2-3 minutes (if that) to compile even on my slow box. Not really significant considering how long it takes to install anything on Windows.
SoSiouxMesosiouxme on April 22nd, 2006 12:59 am (UTC)
hey look, http://opensourceparking.com/ -- something to do with my (currently) useless domains :-)
Autolatristapotheon on April 23rd, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
How many currently useless domains do you have?
Alex Nagydarkknightradic on April 24th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
To jump in (my apologies) jan-jr-ent.biz is useless for me IIRC. I'll probably stick with GoDaddy as my registrar (cheapest in town), at least until they go public and prices go up. ):
Autolatristapotheon on April 24th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
You should point it at opensourceparking.com though, as long as you're not actually using it.
Alex Nagydarkknightradic on April 24th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
I should, need money free first, that and its about to expire.
Autolatristapotheon on April 24th, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
How much does opensourceparking.com cost?
Alex Nagydarkknightradic on April 24th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
dunno, but to do a transfer costs ~$14 from old registrar.
Autolatristapotheon on April 24th, 2006 06:13 am (UTC)
I'm not talking about switching registrars. I'm talking about domain parking. I'm pretty sure opensourceparking.com is free: you tell the registrar to point the domain at opensourceparking.com's nameservers, and you're done.
Alex Nagydarkknightradic on April 24th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
Oh. See how little I know about DNS and domains in general? Hehe.
SoSiouxMesosiouxme on April 24th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
four, all variations on a domain i hope to actually do something with... someday... i need to find a way to camp the .com domain too. the current holder doesn't seem to be doing much with it.