Goodbye Stinkoman

Hello Yellow Bike!

If you read this blog through the website, you’ll notice it looks different. If you read this blog through the feed, you already know things are different.

Old Host You Are Lame

I’ve been annoyed with my old host for a while now. They’re slow to install new versions of really basic things like PHP and MySQL. That, and I was grandfathered in on a promotional account from 10 years ago that limited me to one MySQL instance hosted on a separate machine that didn’t allow access from outside servers. Still, inertia is hard to overcome. But when I tried to upgrade my blog to a newer platform and found my database was too old, I decided I’d had enough.

One big problem with searching for a new hosting company is that reviews don’t help much. Every company has users with horror stories. In the end, I went with overall ratings and price. I was surprised to find a package cheaper than my current $5/month rate. $3.95 for way more features than what I would get upgrading to a $10/month package with my current host? I’m sold!

New Host You Are Less Lame But Somewhat Annoying

Not that my new host is perfect. I was annoyed when I signed up and my username was automatically created using the first eight letters of my domain name. It’s *really* hard for me to type “soopahvi” without the final v. Plus, it looks silly. I am not a r-challenged super text editor!

What’s more annoying, although less permanent, is the domain transfer loop I’m stuck in. It goes like this: I request a transfer on the website. The website tells me to call a number to verify my account. I call the number and get put on hold for five minutes. A recording then answers and tells me to record my name and domain name in a message. Later the website either tells me to redo the transfer or gets stuck telling me to I need to call to verify my account. I’m still not transferred.

Also, when I call the number to verify account, the opening message tells me I’ll have a chance to take a survey about my experience at the end of the call. You know what happens after waiting five minutes to be told by a recording to leave a message? The system hangs up on me.

Okay, enough whining. (Although since I whined here I promise not to whine at you in person. Also, everyone please get a blog so you can not whine at me in person too.)

Blog Upgrade

How to go from Movable Type 3.1.1 to WordPress 2.9.2?

  1. Back up MT 3.1.1 database.
  2. Install MT 5.02 and try to upgrade 3.1.1 database. Watch it fail because your host runs an ancient version of MySQL.
  3. Get a new host. Install WP 2.9.2 on new host.
  4. Try to use the export function in 3.1.1 and watch it choke after spitting out a fraction of your posts. Notice the export doesn’t contain category information or comments.
  5. Install copy of MT 3.1.1 database on new host.
  6. Install MT 5.02 on new host and try to upgrade 3.1.1 database. Run it a few times until it makes it all the way.
  7. Use the export function in 5.02. Get a giant text file.
  8. Split up giant text file into manageable chunks.
  9. Import chunks into WP 2.9.2
  10. Reorganize categories.
  11. Notice paragraph breaks were lost in migration. Scream.
  12. Fix the latest handful of posts to make front page look presentable. Cry.

I still have a lot of other things go fix, like broken archive links. I may or may not get around to it. We’ll see.

What’s Different?

For one, Stinkoman is gone. It was time for something new. I love me some yellow bike!

For another, the blogroll went away. Sorry, but that thing was getting pretty archaic. Go get yourself a good feed reader and subscribe to all those lovely blogs you used to visit through this page. And while you’re at it, you can add this feed too.

My Hockey and GTI and Links pages went away. The links were definitely archaic, I don’t own my beloved GTI anymore, and I can keep track of all the hockey teams I’ve played on in my wiki.

Wiki? What wiki? The one I’m going to install in one of my 100 available MySQL databases. :)

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