This, too, will end.

I don’t update my site anymore, for various reasons.

First off, I no longer have an abundance of free time. My previous jobs would leave me with something to be desired, so I would typically pull up the blog and post some musings from time to time when it became slow. Not the case with the current job, no boredom in foreseeable future.

Second, when I get free time now, I’d rather watch TV, a movie, play a video game, play poker, hang out with friends. OK, I’d pretty much rather do anything else. Updating the blog is lame.

Third, I don’t tinker around with stuff anymore. The original intended purpose of this site was to post my experiences with tech, and my unique solutions (or at least reposted hard-to-find solutions) to problems I ran into. Most of my popular posts have finally either faded out or are no longer applicable (e.g. installing MySQL 4.0 on FreeBSD 4.8, or downloading no longer available Invision Power Board 1.3.1).

Next I never really had an audience that was interested in reading the blog. I never updated enough and had a consistent basis of content to keep any regulars around. I never really pretended I did, but I assume nobody will be really sad to see this go.

Next, the information I have posted is not interesting from a historical perspective. One of my ideas behind posting on here was that I would some day in the distant future think “what was I doing on March 6, 2005”.

Next, enough personal information is out there about me, I don’t need any more. I recently went through and expunged about 70% of articles, posts that weren’t really relevant to anything. “I’m going to be doing this next week”, who cares, right? There’s more, and it’s just an annoyance.

Next, this is really the only reason that I have a domain with hosting. I have been contemplating the switch to a solution in the cloud (Google sites, specifically), and this is really my only barrier. Sure, I could utilize some cloud WordPress or Blogger solution, but it’s not worth the effort for all the above reasons.

Finally, I’ve learned everything I wanted to know about the space. One side effect of blogging on here is that I learned WordPress, I learned PHP, I learned MySQL, I learned how to use asynchronous javascript, I learned about mail and domain hosting. These helped me get my last job, which in turned prepared me for my current job. Now that I learned these things, the project site can be thrown away now.

In conclusion, it’s been a great 6+ years. I’ll still have an online presence, and this blog may be kept for historical purposes, just not so visible.

ETA, when I get around to it 🙂


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    Brandon Said,

    February 20, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

    I’m the same way. I more or less use my server for personal reasons. The blog is simply there because it has been there for a few years now. At least you used it to learn something important.

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    Jeff Said,

    February 21, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

    You gotta do what you gotta do. *Tip Hat*

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    Bart Said,

    February 21, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

    i just googled your name so see what you knuckleheads were up to. i’m glad I did. take care.


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    Raybdbomb Said,

    February 22, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    Googled your name and all I found was this, what’s new with Bart?

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    Bart Said,

    February 23, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

    Lotta things. I’m a section chief at the corps of engineers. Its a really fun job that pays very well. I’m also at night school studying law. I see Bob Insley a lot (he’s in law school too, but a year ahead of me). And this June I’m deploying to Afghanistan for six months. So, I’m pretty busy.

    I miss you all so its nice to hear from you and see that you are doing well.


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    br Said,

    February 24, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    I’m a regular. I’m a stalker. I still have a job where I hit rbdb “when it gets slow” lol. I missed it when it was down last week. But there are other ways to stay in touch. Please do so.

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    Raybdbomb Said,

    February 24, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

    @br hehe my nameserver domain expired!
    @Bart that’s gotta be weird, a year behind a former student. What’s in the Afghan for you?

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    Jason Said,

    March 2, 2010 @ 10:26 am

    Tear :'(

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