February 25, 2003

Upgrade Complete

So you might've noticed a few changes 'round here. Yes, I'm now using Movable Type to add the updates to my site. I put this off for as long as possible, but it was getting kinda ridiculous. The main page was full of news items from as far back as August of last year. It was quite long, and I didn't feel like constantly and manually trimming it, along with putting the old items into archive pages. This is somewhat cleaner, and people can respond with inane comments if they so desire.

Why didn't I do this sooner? I don't like automated scripts. It makes me feel like I'm letting someone else work on my site, rather than having me do it all manually. I'll settle for customizing Movable Type itself to my liking, I suppose. Which reminds me, I'm not done tweaking this thing yet. I was going to hold off putting this on my main page, but who cares about perfection? As long as it (kinda) works, that's good enough. Which reminds me (again), Internet Explorer is stupid, so if you click on the Comments link, you'll notice some text has blended into the background (thus becoming invisible) unless you scroll away from it or highlight it. I can hear you all saying "huh?". Just keep in mind that IE is a retarded browser. If you want something a little less retarded and a little more cooperative, use Mozilla.

Where have all the old items gone? They're at www.spider-gene.com/archives/ if you need them for whatever reason. For now, I'm happy with how this is working out.

Posted by Gene at February 25, 2003 03:55 PM

Automated scripts, as a rule, aren't necessarily bad. I know where you're coming from and all, since we both prefer sticks over slushboxes. It would be instructive and more satisfying to write something yourself that takes care of the archiving, but there are times when you have to say to yourself "Why reinvent the wheel?"

Posted by: tony at February 27, 2003 10:10 AM