Back from purgatory

Ah, the Troutgirl blog is back after a… series of unfortunate incidents which convinced me that no one needs to run their own blog software any more. There are nice people out there (hi Photomatt!) who will hire nice sysadmins to do it all for you if you let them. Progress marches on! Anyway, glad you found me again. Now I gotta figure out an Apache mod_rewrite map.

Blog spammers can bite me

It took half the afternoon, but I have captchas! Courtesy of Timboy’s Captchaservice. I also cleaned up all the blog spam, I hope. This may have resulted in a few comments being deleted, especially those with a blank author name.

Best blog overview ever

There’s a special satisfaction in seeing a well-written and information-packed article in the mainstream business press about something you care about. So although I generally stopped reading the “blog, short for weblog” articles eons ago, let me commend David Kirkpatrick and Daniel Roth for their piece from the 1/10/2005 issue of Fortune (pointer from Jeff Barr). Not only do the authors do a brisk but thorough job of explaining how blogs might impact businesses of all sizes, but the piece is filled with hilarious quotes like “biting the karmic weenie” and MSN Spaces as “the third leg of the communications stool” (note to Microsoft PR: you might want to read that shit out loud to yourself before you give it to the media). I especially enjoyed Bill Gates saying business blogs signaled a corporate culture that’s “open, communicative” and not “afraid to be self-critical”. Not that I’ve ever been critical of an employer on my blog, but it’s good to know that Bill has the right idea.

New blog

So instead of holding up the whole train until I move 4 years’ worth of old blog posts over to this schema, I’m just going to declare victory and start a new blog. It’s probably a good idea for other reasons anyway.

This blogware is Serendipity, by the way. Featureful, PHP-based, BSD-licensed, and I am on the dev team.