Monthly Archives: January 2009

January SDNUG Meeting

Last Monday (yeah, I know, I’m a week behind), the Shreveport .NET User Group for the first time this year.  I have to say, I think it went much better than last time.  Not only did we have an experienced speaker in David Penton, but we actuall had pizza, too!  Seriously, Brandy at Software and Services did a great job coordinating the food and drinks, and things went off without a hitch.

Everyone seemed to enjoy David’s talk on HttpRuntime.Cache Management.  All 8s and higher on the evaluations!  If you’d like to see his presentation slides and sample code, check it out here, or you can download it from the SDNUG site here.

Next month, we’re going to have another Microsoft MVP (and newly minted INETA speaker), Tim Rayburn come out and speak about parallelism features in .NET 4.0, which ought to be really interesting.  Come out and join us on February 16th at Centenary College!

Back Up and Running

Okay, so here’s what happened.  Kevin Dente twittered about the hosting deal he got a couple of weeks ago at Dreamhost.com, which was much better than what I was paying at GoDaddy.  Since my renewal was coming up soon anyway, I thought it was a great opportunity to save some money.  So I filled out all the forms, paid my $20, and was quite happy with myself.  I quickly realized my mistake, however.  The one choice the forms at Dreamhost didn’t offer me was which OS to run on.  That’s right, Dreamhost is Linux only, and I was running on BlogEngine.NET.  Fail.

It turned out not to be that bad, though.  One of the auto-installable applications Dreamhost offers is WordPress, so I just had to figure out how to import my blog entries to WordPress from BlogML, the export format used by BlogEngine.NET.  Fortunately, Aaron Lerch had developed a module to do just that.  After following his and Nate Irwin’s instructions, all my old posts were imported, albeit with some weird question-mark-looking characters in the posts.  I’ve cleaned up a lot of those, but if you look at some of my older posts that I was too lazy to clean up, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

I have to say, after using dasBlog and BlogEngine.NET, the WordPress management interface is like a breath of fresh air.  People talk about the codebase being crappy, but the user experience is excellent.  Lots of features, a pleasant UI, and stuff just works.  I’m quite happy I made the move, even if it was by accident.

Another couple of plusses because of the Dreamhost move:  unlimited storage space, ssh access, and Rails.  I’ve really been wanting to dig more into Rails lately, and having the opportunity to put stuff out on the intarwebs if I happen to create something cool is great.

Thanks for bearing with me as I transitioned!

Going Dark for a Bit…

My hosting plan with GoDaddy is about up, and I’m going to be switching hosting providers.  This site may be down for a bit, but if you’ve subscribed via my FeedBurner feed, you should pick up the change as soon as I’m back up and running.  See you on the flip side!