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Sunday, October 31, 2010

  Working on a new blog - NeX-6

I've started prototyping a new blog, NeX-6. I will probably get off of blogger entirely, eventually.

While my intent was, originally, to import all the old content into the new, I've decided to just repost the good stuff from the past, there, over time, until I figure out how to get all the old information out.

If you read me via RSS, please add nex-6.taht.net to your RSS feeds.

NeX-6 had a few unusual design goals. (I wrote about them at more length here). More briefly:

0) Re-establish my presence on the web, searchable, under my terms.
1) Be mirror-able - to work on my laptop, especially, while I draft stuff. (I desperately needed to improve the revise/edit/revise/post part of my writing cycle)
2) Be FAST, even on small web servers running on embedded devices.
3) Work over IPv6 and IPv4.
4) Be readable on handheld devices (android/iphone/kindle) and by the blind.
5) Have an integrated wiki.
6) Keep a clear record of changes in source code control.
7) Allow multiple writers and editors.

In order to do all that I had to throw out blogger - and a lot of conventions - there's no database or php back end, for example. It uses a lot of CSS, and will eventually use a lot of javascript.

NeX-6 runs on my own servers and home gateway, not in the cloud. NeX-6 is not built around LAMP. It's built around GWIW - Git, me, Ikiwiki, and the Web. (another use for this TLA is "Give me what I Want") NeX-6 is web server independent, and although perl is used for editing it, it's not integral to serving pages, and I actually do everything from within emacs, not my browser. (In glorious, glorious green!)

As I write the commenting system is in flux and editing is disabled. I'll open those up shortly. In the meantime, if you have any trouble accessing the new stuff, please let me know here.

I really hate giving up the googlejuice the-edge has accumulated, but I suspect my posts here will become even more infrequent.

This is my tagged log of the ongoing creation of the design.

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