April 15, 2014

The One With D Redux

After dealing with a highly annoying malware infection and having an unsatisfactory experience with my shared hosting provider, I’ve set the The One With D up on a VPS at Linode. It’s been quite a while since I’ve done any sort of server administration. I had to reeducate myself quite a bit, but I’ve actually enjoyed it. Thanks to Feedburner, existing feed readers should pick the new posts up just fine now.

Notice that I said “set up” and not “moved” in the paragraph above. Given the nature of the intrusion at the shared host, I decided that I can’t trust the database. Rather than going the extra mile and making sure the database is clean, I decided to abandon it. I’ve backed it up in case I change my mind at a later date, but I think it’s best to start over from a clean slate.

With that, I’m also going to change my focus here. When I first started this blog, my goal was to do more than regurgitate newsgroup announcements. I was going to write about my experience with D, post code snippets, interview other D users and more. Over time, it became less and less of that stuff and more of posting announcements from the newsgroups– and even that has tapered off the past year or so as I keep putting posts off until later.

For the first few years, reposting announcements was a good role to fill. D didn’t have the prominence back then that it does today. Things have changed, though. Now, everything posted in the announce group also winds up on Reddit and HackerNews, which reach many more than this blog. There’s also some movement toward putting together a monthly summary of D news, including announcements from the newsgroups and info on github activity (an effort I’m silently cheering on from the sidelines). So the niche I was filling doesn’t really exist anymore.

So I’m taking this malware problem as an excuse to reboot. No more focus on D news. I’m going to start writing about things I enjoy using D for, things I’ve learned in the process, and generally whatever the hell I want to say about The D Programming Language (which, I am convinced, is somehow connected to the number 42). And without feeling guilty if I don’t post for a month!

On a related note, the Derelict forums will be coming back online shortly. I do want to keep the database in that case. I have high confidence that it’s clean. I’ll want to do my utmost to verify that before getting it up and running again. However, I will take this opportunity to move it out of the dblog subdomain, most likely into one of it’s own. More to come.

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