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Migration Complete

posted Oct 13, 2008, 8:52 AM by Andrew Barkley
Tired of maintaining a server for a server for a silly vanity site that has not been updated much since 1999, I have transferred any remaining relevant content to Google Sites.  Google Sites is an incredibly impressive wiki tool, although it has none of the flexibility I am accustomed to in using a custom server.

This site has gone from being a basic vanity page at Internet Texoma in 1994, to later run a 120 MHz Toshiba laptop with RedHat Linux in 1997, later upgraded to a 400 MHz Monster PC in 1998.  In those college days, it made sense to run a good home server with SSH access, web access to personal files, firewall, email, and anything else that was so much better than an Iomega Zip drive.  The Monster was an amazingly reliable machine for the next 7 years, and was discontinued before its time.  The operating system, however, did not age as well.  Linux installs, while stable, seem to lose any support less than one year after they are released.  I then upgraded to a good hardware firewall device (then common), and a Mac Mini G4.  The Mac has done well for 3 years, completely replacing Linux with all of the same server tools I was accustomed to along with great OS continuity.  However, just like with the switch to the Mac, all of my technology needs for a home server continue to drift away into better supported better integrated services offered elsewhere, and there is no reason to maintain a web server just for the vanity site.

Looking back, it is amazing how much the publishing tools have improved over time.  Starting with basic HTML, and following the versions as they changed, I wrote my own CMS, SiteCompiler, well before I ran my own server.  I then upgraded that concept from the basis in HTML code to a flexibly defined XML document and transformations to render HTML with, SiteTransformer.  Of course, that got old too, and I soon found myself preferring the wonderful wiki, Dokuwiki.  And while I greatly miss its simplicity and file-backed storage, Google Sites is a great improvement to the editing interface of even that.