Towse: views from the hill

April 4, 2010

Shifting to WordPress

Filed under: SJTblog — Tags: — Towse @ 4:56 pm

So long, Blogger. It was a good run. …

Update: I’ve changed the homepage over at the old-old blog ( to point here. I’ve sucked up as much of the old content as I could from Blogger. The migration pretty much hosed my comments but they’re available back at and I disabled the auto-forward for anyone who wants to meander back there without being automagically whisked back over here.

After a moment, or maybe month, and a third doublecheck that I’ve got as much of the content as I ever will, I will delete the Blogger blog forever and ever after and carry on here.

For now, I’m learning new tricks and updating links in profiles and elsewhere that led to the old old blog and the old blog. I’ll need to rethink categories as my Blogger tags became WordPress categories and that was not my intention when I set them up.

I’ll be busy for a while.

April 3, 2010

A work in progress …

Filed under: damn,SJTblog — Tags: — Towse @ 9:19 pm

So, whilst trying to add Disqus comments (in lieu of Blogger comments which filled up with spam in no time at all), I discovered I had to move to a Blogger template to get the Disqus commenting enabled.

Fine. Whatever.

But now when things aren’t working / don’t look the way I’d hoped, I find I can’t reinstate my old home-brew template because Blogger thinks it’s busted.

April 2, 2010


Filed under: SJTblog — Tags: — Towse @ 6:51 am

Blogger comments have been up for eight hours or so … and already I have spammish content.


I’ve enabled comment moderation, which really doesn’t suit me, but I don’t like wading through the gunk and you, gentle readers, shouldn’t have to.

I’ll find some alternative, but for now, there will be a delay in comments until I’ve deleted the obviously-not-interested-in-sal’s-musings comments.

Tomorrow I’ll go through and delete those that are already in place.


April 1, 2010

Testing comments

Filed under: SJTblog — Tags: — Towse @ 10:39 pm

Between having to move the blog over to Blogger and having Haloscan spittle a bit and go to for-pay mode, I seem to have lost all of my Haloscan comments. Alas. They can still be found back at the old site for the blog but for now I’m swopping to Blogger comments … yet again.

March 31, 2010

I think I’ve migrated. … I’m not sure I have and I’m not sure that I won’t migrate again before June.

Filed under: SJTblog — Tags: — Towse @ 5:15 am

Explanation: As per my note on 03Feb, I’m having to move the blog over to Blogger, albeit with a custom name that will host at Blogger sez it’s too painful for them to support FTP blogging anymore. And so it goes. … [end Explanation] Let’s see how this works.

February 4, 2010

Just a note …

Filed under: SJTblog — Tags: — Towse @ 6:38 am

My blogging world is shredding around me.

First up, the folks who handled my comments said I’d have to pay for the service. Um. No.

While I was wondering what commenting service to use in lieu, someone/something else seems to have picked up the commenting. (Waaah?) But I still need to find a permanent vendor.

While I was still wondering what commenting service to use, I got a note from Blogger/Google saying that folks like me who FTP their blogs to their Web sites are using too many tech resources/time/help and they are shutting down the FTP service. I can either move over to Blogger and their services or find another vendor.


If you’re wondering why the slowdown in blog posts, it’s just me pondering my future. The blog will roll on, with a different manner of posting and a different mode of handling comments.


I’ll probably freeze this blog in place and start another from scratch, which is a Royal Pain, but the easiest way to handle the transition.

(I’ve always been the tortoise when it comes to making decisions like this.)

January 10, 2010


Filed under: app,SJTblog — Towse @ 5:30 pm

Haloscan started charging for their comment processing as of the turn of the year. I am changing comment processors and … soon everything will be back hunky dory.


November 9, 2008

Fiddling …

Filed under: SJTblog — Towse @ 2:23 am

Messing things up in the process.



March 24, 2007

Archival nit pickiness

Filed under: SJTblog — Towse @ 9:21 pm

Revamped my archives. Made the drop-down reverse order so the latest archives are first. Changed archiving to monthly archives so the list isn’t so lengthy.

Thanks to roveberg for the bloggerhack.

February 1, 2007

Don’t ask me

Filed under: SJTblog — Towse @ 3:27 am

I have no idea why sometimes posts from back when show up again on bloglines or other RSS feed apps as “new” when I haven’t touched them for two weeks or more.

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