Is This Thing On?

If you’re still reading, you’ve probably noticed that this blog has gone silent lately.  There’s been a number of reasons for this.  I have the usual “I’ve been busy” excuse, with a two-year old, a busy job, and some other projects to point to.  But there’s another reason, more technical, and more serious.

This blog and website are created with Apple’s iWeb software, and hosted on their MobileMe publishing platform.  iWeb has not had a major update in about 3 years.  In a world where an increasing number of people are sharing photos, videos and stories on advertising sites(1), Apple has clearly lost interest in supporting this product.

Worse, earlier this spring, Apple announced plans to shut down MobileMe.  That’s right- on March 31, 2012, this web site, and everything on it, will disappear into the electronic aether.  

This left me in a bit of a quandary.  I’ve needed to find a way to save the contents of this site from extinction.  There’s no easy way to extract data from iWeb into another format.  I’ve also been acutely aware that the more I post on this site, the more material I will have to move over.  Not a pleasant prospect.  And not exactly an incentive to post more.

Fear not- the story ends well.  I’m made good progress setting up another website.  I even think I’ve found a way to move all the stuff  from *here* over to *there*.  But… there’s still a lot of virtual scafolding in place, and I want to wait a *wee* bit longer before I unveil the new site (2).

So this post is both an apology and a tease.  Watch this space for more.

(1) A found a great quote here: “If you’re not paying for something, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.”  I won’t mention them by name, but they rhyme with “Spacehook” and “Kugel Bus.”

(2) If you’re really curious, try your favorite search engine.  It’s not hard to find. 

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