After several months of procrastination, I decided to take the plunge and to host myself my blog under my own domain name in order to simplify access to it. Of course, this means that some of you -- and certainly myself -- will suffer some inconvenience and I apologize for this in advance. The new address for "Roland Piquepaille's Technology Trends" is http://www.primidi.com/. Starting tomorrow, you'll be automatically redirected to this new address if you happen to visit the old one. If your browser doesn't allow an automatic redirection, you'll have to click on the link above. Likewise, the addresses for my RSS feeds are changing. The link to the new one for the main stories is now http://www.primidi.com/rss.xml. Adjust your bookmarks and read more...
All the former pages will remain available, so there should not be any disruption. But all the new contents will only appear at the new location. So change your bookmarks if you're a faithful reader.
The pages of my former static website -- the former http://www.primidi.com/ -- are now available through the Personal Infos link on the right part of my blog in its new location.
Likewise, the addresses for my RSS feeds are changing. The link to the new one for the main stories is now http://www.primidi.com/rss.xml and the one for my sidebar stories (one to four per month) is now http://www.primidi.com/categories/sidebars/rss.xml. More on this below.
The transfer of the contents from the old location to the new one went remarkably smoothly, thanks to the FTP capabilities of the Radio UserLand software. I still had to publish twice the entire contents to the new location, but it was just my fault, some links needing an update to work fine. The only surprise came from the size of the blog at its new location. It jumped from about 40 MB to slightly more than 50. Go figure...
I still have to manually update the source files to my archives on the new location -- my punishment for not using the automated feature of Radio UserLand software.
More importantly, I will have to log to all the services I'm using on a daily basis without thinking too much about them, such as Technorati or Bloglines.
This brings me to the most important part of this relocation. Bloglines shows me that about 800 people subscribe to my RSS feed. How can I tell them about the new address for the RSS feed? I know of several automatic RSS feeds redirecters, but I'm not sure if they really work. I would greatly appreciate any clues about this kind of tools. If you were successful using one, please drop me a note or post a comment below. Thanks in advance.
Please also note that today was Daylight Saving Time. I saw several sites jumping back in time today -- in real time, and that was fun. But I also means I had to manually change a bunch of watches, clicks, alarm-clocks, radios, phones, etc... So you can understand why the contents for today are exclusively dedicated to the new address of my blog, and not to a new technology, even if I have some exciting subjects to talk to you about.
I'll still have to check lots of small things in the coming days before declaring the migration is totally successful, like adjusting to new traffic analysis tools. And as I said above, I apologize for any inconvenience this relocation might cause to any of you. As I'm sure I've not anticipated your particular situation, please tell me if something looks broken to you. Many, many thanks...
UPDATE (November 1, 2004): when I use FTP to transfer this single entry to the new location, the whole site is republished. I searched through the various Radio tools and discussion forums, but I didn't find an explanation. Can you help? Thanks.
Source: Roland Piquepaille, October 31, 2004