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September 21, 2005

Housekeeping: Migration and Disappearances

If you haven't been to the Ragged Edge Online site recently, do wander over. There's big changes afloat: a new look, a new operating syste -- opps! I'm told it's a Content Management System -- that is supposed to make Yours Truly's editing job easier. I'm waiting. Right now bugs are coming out of the interfaces everywhere. But it really IS neat when a story by Inclusion Daily's Dave Reynolds goes online and with one click of the mouse it appears in its own department, gets listed on the news index page, appears on our front page as an excerpt.... All magic, seems to me. Also it's sort of bloggy, too. And it's much much easier for folks to now comment on articles, which was one of the real reasons we changed over. And it's supposed to help control spam comments. Ok, we'll see.

Why am I telling you all this, other than just trumpeting the new? Well, because... Edge-Centric, now that it's nicely established in this little spot of cyberspace, will likely be folded into this new Thang. Or maybe not. The debate has been going on for several weeks and there are pluses and minuses on both sides. But you, Dear Reader, need to be aware of the following:

1) IF we migrate, we'll warn you in advance. So try to keep reading to see.

2) IF you have a particular entry bookmarked and it disappears, fear not -- it does exist somewhere in cyberspace and our techies will no doubt know where. So email me and I can point you to it.

3) IF any of you has ever undertaken this great migration yourself, I'd like to hear about it so I know what to expect.

Thassall, folks! (as Porky P used to say) -- for now. Later I hope to post something sort of funny about ADAPT in DC. And tomorrow or Friday at the latest I have to do a nice blogroll of all the new blogs that are coming to my attention.

Wish me luck with The Migration.
COMMENT-BODY:Good Luck with it. I hope it turns out to be as function friendly from your end as it should.
COMMENT-BODY:Just want to let you know that I've used Movable Type (the content management system that Ragged Edge has switched to) on a number of websites, and I like it very much. It's very robust and it's got the potential for lots of customization.

Your existing Edge-Centric blog entries and comments can easily be imported into Movable Type.

Your web guy probably already knows about this, but with some care, you can make the blogger URLS redirect to the correct Movable Type entries, so everyone's bookmarks or links they've made to Edge-Centric entries will still work just fine. I'm happy to provide more detail if you or your web guy(s)/gal(s) would like it.
COMMENT-BODY:The transition has taken a couple months or so and because you're inside it, it acts tedious/buggy/recalcitrant from your view.

The efficiency is such that you are, after only a couple of years of doing things via modern magic, as powerful as a complete "major media" outfit!

One person can indeed make an enormous showing. As recently as five years ago you had no idea what HTML/HTTP/CSS/RSS/Blog/Wiki could possibly represent (some of them didn't even exist) and now you're knowlegeable (perhaps even authoritative) about them.

Because you persevere like the I Ching admonishes, you will further.

Keep on keeping on.


Posted by mjohnson at September 21, 2005 06:39 AM