Welcome to the new ViNull.com!
-ed. This post was originally titled “Meet the new blog, same as the old blog” but the Who references have been many and the Godfather demands equal time.
Aside from the ascetics and no longer digging the old design, the main reason for the new site is the economy. No one is safe from layoffs, myself included, and while I haven’t been affected so far only a fool would say his job is safe right now. Since it’s rare that I can show someone the latest code I’ve been working on (owned by a company and all), I use my blog as the resume – so this is really about updating the resume.
Quick hits – tagging works! This has been a long time coming, but you can now click on a tag and find other posts with the same tag. Tagging also helps drive the “Related Posts” feature when reading a post. Gone are categories, though behind the scenes they add links to the code and speaking sections while also helping “Related Posts”. A new search is powered by Lucene.Net, which currently indexes post bodies only. This will change over time as I add in tags, titles, and comments, but I want to be careful here as weighting search engine results is tricky at best. Oh, the data access layer is now fully cached for performance.
I plan on blogging a series of posts covering all the code under the hood, but if history (and this blog) is a judge, I’m very bad at following up on promises made in a post.
To finish up, I had to go back and tag all my old posts. This made for a fun trip down memory lane. Terra Naomi’s album is now out and on Zune Pass (listening to it now). I’m okay with changing my opinion over time, as Keynes said “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” (Interestingly he said this in regards to changing his stance on economic policy during the Great Depression). Still, it’s nice to see I still agree with myself sometimes.
Other things I noticed:
You would think I rant against Apple the most, but looking back it’s Sony who get’s my ire.
Charles Petzold is worth his own tag.
I didn’t make a birthday post at 32.
I still find this funny.
You might think this post is the one I would delete first (if I deleted embarrassing posts), but actually it would be all those posts I fancied myself a poet and writer. (Though, like many writers, I fail to understand the draw of my biggest success)
There is no danger of me abandoning this blog, as my reasons still remain valid.
Congrats and happy new year! Love the new blog and design.
I love the look of the new blog! The tabs get kinda jacked up in IE6 if the window's not maximized - but IE6 is an obsolete brower anyway!!! fugetaboutit.
I think this is the first site I did that I just ignored IE6. I should fire up a VM and check it out in IE6 just to see if there is a quick fix - but the sooner IE6 is wiped from the earth the better!