Well, after about 5 hours of hacking, I got a ruby script together to migrate all my data from Typo 4.11 to WordPress, so the site is back from the dead, and now running on an engine that DreamHost is actually happy with.
Update: The conversion script is now available at GitHub.
After months of absence, Typosphere has returned from the dead!
We migrated off of Planet Argon and onto DreamHost, where we should have more control.
We also upgraded to Trac 0.10.3 and turned off anonymous editing (users now have to register to file a ticket).
This should (hopefully) prevent the issue that lead to Typosphere dying in the first place.
One important thing to note is that as part of this process, we also moved the subversion repository.
Unfortunately, the old repository was hosted as an svn:// URI using the typosphere.org domain, which meant
there was no way to preserve this URI (since we can’t run long-lived background daemons on DreamHost). The
new URI uses http and a new subdomain, so if necessary we can move the repository without moving the website.
The new repository URL is http://svn.typosphere.org/typo/trunk.
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If you can see this post, you’ll notice that everything’s changed. Not only has the entire look of the blog changed, but so has the server the blog is hosted on. This blog is now being hosted by DreamHost, and the blog system I’m using is Typo. Play around with it — I think you’ll find it’s very cool. For example, you can do live searches, posting a comment is live too, and everything should also be nice and zippy. The first two are because of the new Typo engine (which uses Ruby on Rails, an excellent web application framework), and the last is a combination of Typo and the new server.
So hopefully, with this new blog in place, I’ll actually be motivated to start posting again. I’m sure if I have anybody that still reads this (and by reads I mean is subscribed in their newsreader), you’ll be happy to hear this.