I've been extremely annoyed with and concerned about Optimal's usage pattern that I've observed in the server logs. I had shut it down for a while to see if anyone noticed. No one did -- except me. I wanted to see this OPML of all the BBC's news feeds, so I turned Optimal back on. But I will be blacklisting spammers and malware purveyors from now on.
Part of the nightmare I went through while experimenting with WP-o-matic (no link) was that I accidentally deleted about 12 posts from my blog. Nothing earth-shattering, of course, but I just found an old database backup and recovered those posts. It was a real PITA, though, because the backup was from when I was running WordPress 2.2, and now under 2.3, the database has been changed. So, I had to actually install a dummy blog and "upgrade" it to 2.3. 🙄
The server move is done. I'm sure there will be problems, but so far so good. The new server is actually a home server -- very adequate machine, but I anticipate connection and traffic delays, as well as disruptions due to power outages (which are pretty frequent here). Eventually, I'll probably hook up a UPS, but in the meantime I'm willing to live with the issues because it's saving me the cost of renting a dedicated server. 🙂
This site (and Optimalbrowser.com) will be likely be intermittently available starting this evening (U.S. Eastern time) and lasting for a day or so while I move servers.
Finally have a bunch of my link blogs posted. A little explanation, though.
As of the latest version (ver. 2.5), FeedDemon automatically syncs your "News Bins" with your NewsGator "Clippings Folders" -- two terminologies for the same thing. They really ought to pick a name. In any event, now that I've set it up, these should self-maintain without any additional work on my part. That's what programming is all about!
I've completed a major rewrite of my OPML browser, Optimal.
I didn't manage to document all of the changes, they were so numerous. Highlights are:
- Object-oriented reimplementation, making it more portable to other applications
- Same code may be used as a WordPress plugin -- replaces the OPML Renderer plugin for WordPress
- RSS items now include descriptions, so you can browse the feeds without subscribing or visiting the home page
- New widget generator to generate HTML to include Optimal on your web site
I'm still working on a significant rewrite of my OPML browser, Optimal, but I've decided to release the current working version in the meantime because it addresses a couple of significant usability comments I've had.
- There are now links to expand/collapse all nodes, and
- There is a new query string parameter, depth, which allows you to specify the initial expansion state.
I'll be migrating this site and the Optimal site to a new hosting service Friday, so there will be some down time and strangeness, no doubt.